Filipino folk dancing: one of my favorite cultural traditions I've participated in ever since I was 10, but also one of the most intriguing, complex, and sometimes contentious phenomena in our history to critique, justify, analyze, and comprehend. Shoutout to anyone preparing for #battleofthebamboo , wishing you all the best in preparations for learning, rehearsing, and bonding for such a unique event in the Midwestern Filipino American community.
“Give me a look, give me a face
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free:
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all th’aldulteries of art;
They stike mine eyes, but not my heart.” – Ben Jonson