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Monday, September 25, 2017

EB's Miss Millennial Paranaque contestant performs Kalinga's Banga dance

Baguio City, - In today's episode of the newest TV program of Eat Bulaga's Miss Millennials Philippines 2017, contestant Sofia Jane Panapanaan who represents the city of Paranaque performs one of Kalinga's traditional dance called the "Banga" combined with the traditional dance "Ngilin".

The Banga dance which literally means pot dance is a contemporary performance of Kalinga in the Cordillera region in the Philippines. The dance illustrate the languid grace of a tribe known as fierce warriors. A series of heavy earthen pots as many as seven or eight are balance on the the heads of maidens as they trudge to the beat of the 'gangsa' or wind chimes displaying their stamina and strength as they go about their daily task of fetching water and balancing the banga. 

At the same time, the performance of Miss Millennial Paranaque includes the "Ngilin" dance which is a traditional marriage dance by the Kalinga people during rituals and celebration, such as the budong or peace pact. The choreography mimics the courtship of a rooster and hen. 

Many netizens who have witnessed the performance of Miss Paranaque, especially those from Cordillera were thrilled to see the performance but also questioned the somewhat divergent show of cultural performance. 

Miss Millennials Philippines which airs Monday to Friday on GMA is a show where candidates are given the chance to showcase the culture and tradition of their respective places of origin. 

Winner of the contest will take home half a million pesos and a condominium unit. The winner's province or city will also receive one million pesos to be used for the city's or province's projects.

source: GMA and 


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