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.