Manila, Philippines

Traditional Dance of Tinikling

Tinikling is one of the most popular folk dances in the Philippines which originated during the Spanish colonial era - particularly in Leyte, one of the Visayan Islands. The traditional dance is named after the birds locally known as tikling (often referring to rail species), and imitates the movement of these birds as they walk on grass or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. The perfomance involves the rhythmic clapping, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other while one or more dancers step over and in between the poles on timing with the beat. Considered a national dance in the Philippines, tinikling is commonly performed on Filipino festivals, at school or theater performances. Today, tinikling has spread across the globe, especially to the United States, where students learn it as an aerobic exercise for physical education classes and dancers keep the dance up-to-date with pop music. You can enjoy this experience by booking a Philippines Tour with us right now!

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Nature Escape & Birdwatching in Philippines

Manila → Cauayan → Danjugan Island → Dumaguete → Valencia → Apo Island → Manila
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Enjoy a day of birding with experienced local guides in the island sanctuary of Danjugan and the mountains of Valencia

Taste authentic Filipino cuisine in a buffet dinner while watching a cultural presentation of Tinikling, the nation’s traditional dance

Hop on a private bangka excursion to the unspoiled island sanctuary of Danjugan with many wildlife and birdwatching opportunities

Go kayaking and snorkeling in one of the best lagoons in Danjugan island to see a rich marine life of corals and fish

Take a refreshing dip at the Pulang Bato Hot Springs & waterfalls

Visit a local Valencia community for some cooking & social immersion activities

Have a fun time swimming with sea turtles around Apo Island

Free to explore the colonial and modern charm of Manila capital city when strolling through vibrant streets

Optional visit to a local indigenous artist’s workshop to see handcrafted musical instruments

Manila → Cauayan → Danjugan Island → Dumaguete → Valencia → Apo Island → Manila

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