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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Folk Dances - Folk Dance Number 8

Folk Dance No. 8



PALMERITO

During the old times, it is a custom practice by the people of Janiuay, Iloilo to sing and dance when celebrating an occasion. They are creating songs that is related or connected to the trees, flowers, birds and other things they see in their environment. One of them is the "Palmerito" that refers to a crab. They sing five stanzas of this song while dancing.

The first stanza states the lifting of seven burly men of the heavy claws of the crab. The men were paid twenty-five (25) cents each.

The third stanza states the hind legs of the crab that were made into flutes for the children of the dancers.

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