The Yakan are the indigenous inhabitants of the island province of Basilan, and their hometown is in Lamitan. The Yakan women are known to be the finest weavers in the Philippines and entire Southeast Asia. Aside from weaving, the Yakans are agriculturists growing upland rice. The traditional cycle of rice production is depicted in the hand gestures and footwork stances of their dances.
Parageyan (Works) Kametettoahan (Ancestors)
2. Tuntungan/Megtanim Paley*
4. Mag eddo dawen Pandan *
5. Megtud Pangantin*
Pansak Si Laley
Pansak si Bangku
Lami-lamihan is the grandest feast of the Yakan people from Basilan, Mindanao. It is celebrated after a bountiful harvest, and a wedding is one of the highlights of the event.
Ngeddek, meaning to plant, which depicts movements related to the traditional cycle of rice production. Pansak si Laley, laley, meaning plates; Seven plates for 7 days of the week and footstools of the 7 mythical maidens called biradalli or daughters of the rainbow. Pansak si Bangku, dancing on top of a small bench, depicts the milling and threshing of palay or rice done by striking the balls and heels of the feet.
Sketches by Mark Tolentino
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