Indigenous Liturgical Dances . UCCP AKO

Indigenous Liturgical Dances

The UCCP 71st Anniversary Celebration was replete with indigenous dances from the start to the end and closing liturgy. This was offered by the North Highland and Middle Highland Conference Gangsa and Kulintang Ensembles

I’m proud to be one of the indigenous cultures, Igorot, but the sad thing is that I cannot perform our dances, I cannot play our instruments. I appreciate these younger generations who have an interest in preserving one of the trademarks of the culture.


I.  The Gathering of the Community

The gathered community of almost four thousand individuals comes from the different conferences of the seven jurisdictional areas namely: North Luzon Jurisdiction, Middle Luzon Jurisdiction, South Luzon Jurisdiction, East Visayas Jurisdiction, West Visayas Jurisdiction, Northwest Mindanao Jurisdiction, and South East Mindanao Jurisdiction.


III.  The Community Disperses

With the leading of the North Highland and Middle Highland Conference Gangsa and Kulintang Ensembles, the community joins the dances and disperses.

These dances and instruments were part of the indigenous culture ever since and had used these in their worship of anito. (Additional knowledge about anito can be read here). This time it’s preserve but has changed its meaning. It’s now for the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the God of gods.

10 thoughts on “Indigenous Liturgical Dances”

  1. I love to see so many different traditional dances. In my country (Indonesia), we also have a lot of them such as Kecak and Tor Tor. Aside from good to watch, they always carry certain good message. The main issue is usually there aren’t that many young generation to preserve the dances. I like to see that in your case, there are many active young people who want to participate and involved in the gathering. 

    • Thank you, Alblue for the support and unity with the indigenous people. I do hope your love will continue and usher the defense of the ethnic cultures.

      Yes, I regret I cannot dance and play, and I am indeed happy that the younger generations have the interest to preserve these cultural trademarks evolving and seeking its meaning in modern times.

  2. Hi there..
     It is quite enjoyable dancing. every indegenous community have their own culture and it is very beautiful to see and enjoy. our indegenous community like marma, murong, chakma and other are the same. differnt names and different cultures. all are so enjoyable. the 21st anniversary of UCCP was very great then. it seems from your videos. The idea of celebration with indegenous dance was innovative.

    • You are right, Touhidur, dances, and use of indigenous instruments these days are part of the liturgical innovations in the church. We see the richness and meaning of these different from its original use in old times.

  3. Love the spirit of companionship coupled with religion as people from faraway places come together to celebrate humanity. Its incredible how the Church has embraced the ethnic dances (and possibly beliefs) in the modern Filipino practices. Loved reading about Anito.

    Keep up the great work and wish you prosperity and many blessings.


    • Thank you, Joshi. This is the spirit of God’s freeing the indigenous or ethnic groups from the days of being derision by other cultures. I, myself feel being uplifted because I’ve experienced being derided and joked upon as the second rate person in the community. Now, we are being appreciated, being accepted as equal persons in the eyes of God and in the community laws.

      If we haven’t asserted our identity God is wise to defend us and raised to the same level to any human being in the world.

  4. Love these dance moves and the cultural aspect to it all.

    The insight it provides into the indigenous community and their history is priceless and something that all Australians should really take a close look at.

    The history of all native culture globally is something I have always had an interest in, and it just adds flavour to the tourism side of these nations when you get to experience this firsthand.

    • Thanks, Shane. I’m elated you appreciate the indigenous culture. I hope you will have the time to come to the Philippines and have a short sojourn to where they are and enjoy their living.

      Nevertheless, take cautious of being exploited by paying any unintended camera exposures with the oldies or you don’t exploit them too.

  5. I always find it really interesting watching all the traditional dances of the world. They are all so varied in interesting and each one has its own traditions and special messages. This one has a distinctly African flavor in some parts but then is totally different in other parts. 

    This is quite a religious dance, and I was wondering what is the predominant religion of this region?

    • Michel, the Philippines is dominated by the Christian religion and particularly this videos you’ve just watched are part of our anniversary celebration as UCCP, one of the Main Protestant Group in the Philippines.

      You are right, from the different parts of the world there are many similarities in the ethnic instruments and dances but they may vary in the interpretations of particular moves even in the use of attire.

      Thank you for watching and dropping your comment.

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