Sulu - Witnessing the "Pangalay", a Traditional Tausug Dance

Pangalay is a traditional "fingernail" dance of the Tausug people of the Sulu Archipelago performed during weddings, social gatherings and other festive events. It is characterized by intricate hand and arm movement along with shimmering costumes and beat of the kulintang and gabbang.

We were so lucky to witness the Pangalay dance as performed by the members of Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center of Notre Dame of Jolo College. Here are some of the photos from their outstanding performance.

Here's a part of their performance in video:

Two thumbs-up for these bunch of talented students. Their advocacy of promoting the ethnic heritage of the Suluans through cultural dances, music and the performing arts is truly commendable. What a great way to start our 3-day Sulu Trip!

Magsukul (Thank You) to Ingat Kapandayan Group of Notre Dame of Jolo College, Ms. Thoney and to Sir RJ for inviting us over to witness the "Pangalay".


Major airlines fly daily to Zamboanga City from Manila, Cebu or Davao. From Zamboanga City, you may take a 40-minute flight to Jolo with schedules every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You may also may take a ferry boat from Zamboanga City to Jolo with daily trips at night; fare is around 500 pesos, travel time is about 8 hours.

NOTE: It's certainly safe to travel to Jolo. I suggest that you contact the Local Government Unit of Jolo when planning a visit for proper coordination. You may contact them thru their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jolo.mungovt.

This trip to the Province of Sulu happened on August 7-9, 2013. Sulu is the 80th province on my list.

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pinaytunay said...

safe also for a lady solo traveler? i really want to visit the place.thanks.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

To me, yes.. pero mas okay pa din if may kasama ka... and don't forget the tips I've given... enjoy Sulu!

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