Abaludal Dance

                             

                     The Official Folk Dance of the Municipality of Solsona, Ilocos Norte

 

 

WHY IS IT CALLED ABALUDAL DANCE? (article written by: Laurence T. Corpuz)

In the making of the Official Folk Dance, participants were squeezed to bring out things specifically on the products of the town which are less perceived and neglected, yet after all, would serve for the best. Actually, ABALUDAL came from the words “ABA”(gabi) and “DALUDAL” (young gabi shoot), two  of the primary root crops of the municipality. This exotic crop is extremely common and beloved in Solsona and  usually grows everywhere.  It is a usual scene in the market the gabi leaves, stems and roots which are sold in HUGE volumes. What a wonderful sight to watch   the so much fresh gabi leaves from small to enormous, in piles, bundles and baskets full, totally fresh and just harvested, hanging and starting to dry and dry and cut up, ready to cook…A testament to its desirability, availability, adaptability and probably most of all, economy.

“ABA” (gabi) is edible; all of its part can be prepared into different recipes—the Solsona-way-sariwagwag, sinursuran (cooked in bamboo) salad, inabraw, and ginataan.  All these recipes won the thumbs up of visitors.

Today, the Municipality of Solsona, Ilocos Norte prides itself with its ABALUDAL  FOLK DANCE” .

This Dance showcases the different ways and steps in PANAGMULA (planting), PANAGDALUS (weeding), PANAGAPIT (harvesting),and  PANAGLUTO (food preparation of the “ABA” and “DALUDAL”).

 EQUIPMENT

Each dancer is provided with a wooden bolo or any instrument for cutting and native basket called “kuribot”.

COSTUME

Dancers are dressed in any working costume or any Ilocano peasant costume. MUSIC is divided into two parts, A and B. Count one, two, three, four to measure.

 FORMATION

Partners stand opposite each other about six feet apart. When facing audience, girl stands at partner’s right side. Any number of pairs may participate in this dance.

STEPS (formulated by: Romualdo Manuel)

 MUSIC A

Partners face audience

 (a) Stamp R foot in place (cts. 1, 2, 3, 4) sway hands down ward going side. Kumintang R and L hands then turn, Girl holds skirt, Boy places hands on waist ………………………8M

 (b) Stamp L foot in place cts. 1, 2, 3, 4) sway hands kumintang and counterclockwise. Girl holds skirt, Boy places    hands on waist…………………………………………………..………. 8M

 MUSIC B

 Partners face each other

 (a) Standing with R foot, take four small steps forward to meet partner at the center (2 counts for each step). R,L hand push forward doing the planting, R hands do uproot movement (cts 1, 2)…………………………………………… 16M

(b) Repeat (a)………………………………………………………………………16M

(c) R foot step sideward with R hand and vice versa (cts 1, 2)…………………………..………. 8M

(d) Close-step-close with R hand sideward doing uproot/weeding (cts 1, 2) and do alternately with L hands…………………………………………………………………………….………. 16M

(e) Change step twist palm R and L hands alternately……………………………………….………. 8M

  MUSIC A

Partners face audience

 (a) Starting with R foot, partners take two small step-close-steps diagonally. Hands in digging motion………….4M

(b) Repeat (a) with L foot………………………………4M

(c) Repeat (a) and (b)……………………………………………………8M

(d) Back to proper places using stamp step ……………. 8M

(e) Move the R foot sideward and move the R hand forward going side and turn (cts 1, 2) ……..………. 8M

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MUSIC B

 Partners face each other

 (a) Repeat figure 2 from a-e ……………………..………. 16M

 MUSIC A

 Partners face each other

 (a) Repeat figure III (e).  Exchange partner pivot turn. Back to position …………………. 16M

 (b) Remove the native basket (kuribot) then throw upward position (cts 1,2,3,4) …..16M

 MUSIC B

 Partners face audience

 (a) Starting with the R foot, sway the native basket (kuribot) from R to L movements…………………………………………………………………8M

(b) Repeat (a) going back to the position …………………………………………………………………. 8M

(c) Step R foot and R hands doing the kumintang. Repeat it with L foot and L hand.. 16M

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1st Abaludal Dancers

Luz V. Martillano

Dewey Taylan

Charymelle Foronda

Brenford Jake Nicolas

Ann Hazel Lagansua

Jumar Martin

Angel Antonio

Allan Arellano

Laurence T. Corpuz 

Joemar Tadena

Jocelyn B. Tomas

Jezryll F. Dumlao

Minette Joy D. Vicente

Mark Guiller  Viloria

Rosell R. Batara

Dennis Ancheta