|Dance Culture||Coastal Chirstians|
|Place of Origin||Tubigon , Bohol|
|Classification||Mimetic , Entertainment|
|Background / Content||
The Philippines has over 7,100 Islands, a shoreline twice the length of that of the United States, and an industry solely dependent on the sea.
Typical of many coastal towns, Tubigon is situated in the picturesque island of Bohol in the Visayas. Most of Tubigon’s activities center on the catch and sale of the blue crab known to the islanders as lambay (Sn. Neptunus pelagicus), earning the title “crab center of Bohol”.
In the morning of a typical Tubigon day, the crabmen mill around with buyers, vendors, traders, simple housewives and kibitzers. At the packed market place buyers haggle and shout, merchandise examined, containers shifted, and shuffled as money change hands. As the morning wears off, containers and baskets of lambay find their way to other towns or nearby islands.
Afternoons are for short siestas and the repair of nets and boats. Others take a short trip to town for supplies and foodstuff for the next trip.
A typical evening like this provided the right ingredients for a dance session. Like many other community activities, it takes just one to start it all. A man who must have had one too many, who insets good music must never go to waste, pulls up a hesitant lady partner to
The crowd liked what they saw and shouted their approval. Soon the entire beach was fighting, pinching, clawing and biting at each other very much like a bunch of hyper crabs. During the party there were no synchronized steps nor studied formations or figure by figure sequence. It was just plain fun with man and crab came into terms in a happy partnership. The night gave birth to the nilambay dance. After November 1988 celebration of the Sandugo (Blood Compact) festival, dancers of the Tagbilaran national High School dance troupe under Oscar Real, demonstrated this