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Palu-palo (Batanes)

DancePalu-palo (Batanes)

Wooden sticks

Dance CultureLowland Christians
Place of OriginSabtang, Batanes
Ethnolinguistic GroupIvatan
ClassificationRitual , Mock war
Background / ContentSabtang, in the Batanes group of islands executes a one-of-a-kind mock battle performance , reminiscent of the day when the first Spanish soldiers and missionaries landed to evangelize the islands. The protagonists fight with sticks called “palo-palo”, from which the dance drew its name . By the 17th century most of the Batanes islands have been converted to Christianity.

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