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The Kuratsa is a Filipino traditional Dance of Courtship
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A feature of the Kuratsa Festival is the Kuratsa Dance
Forum which aims to provide a venue where
academicians, culture scholars, and kuratsa dance
enthusiasts from all over Region 8, can discuss the
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heritage and artistic value, and the socio-cultural
relevance of the kuratsa.
Invited are contest participants from all municipalities
of Leyte and key cities and municipalities of Samar,
Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte and
Biliran.

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The Kuratsa is the dance of courtship from the Visayas
region of the Philippines. At weddings and fiestas, the
Kuratsa serves as the traditional money dance where
guests take turns pinning money on the bride and
groom's attire. This symbolizes friends' and families'
wishes for good luck and prosperity in the couple's
future.
The dance is performed in three parts, with three
different rhythms. The dancing couple starts the
performance with a ballroom waltz. Then the music
shifts to a faster beat for the "chasing" scene, in which
the female dancer flees and the male pusues her all
across the dance floor. The tempo picks up even more
for the final part, in which the chase ends with a
furiously flirtatious scene. The female is won over, and
the male imitates a flamboyant bird in a mating dance.

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Performance of Kuratsa, a Filipino traditional dance


practiced by the Visayan people from Eastern Visayas
(Philippines).

HISTORY OF KURATSA
The Kuratsa is believed to be a Mexican import
(supposedly from La Cucaracha dance typical to
Monterrey region of Mexico) - the Kuratsa is however,
very different in the manner of execution than the
Mexican counterpart. Even the "basic" Kuratsa music is
not based on Mexican or even Spanish melodies.
Philippine dance researchers, however, point either to
the "Kigal" and the "Bikal" as the 'ascendant' of the
Kuratsa. The Kigal (spelled "Quigal" in early Spanish
writings on Samar culture and lifeways) is a sort battle-
of-sexes couple dance that imitate mating birds. The
Kigal is in fact called by another name: Binanug or

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Kiglun (Kigalun?) that's according to a 17th century
Samarnon dictionary by Jesuit missionary to Samar, Fr.
Alcazar. It is interesting that Banug uis the Waray word
for the hawk.
The Bikal is rather believed to be the fore runner of the
Waray Balitaw because of the strict emphasis on "joust"
of impromptu songs interspersed with dancing. The
bikal is survived by the Ismaylingay and many versions
of this art is preserved by aging "magsiriday" in Samar
and to a lesser extent Leyte.
The Kigal dance step called 'sabay' is in fact very similar
to the Kuratsa dance step called 'dagit' or when more
daring the 'sagparak'. Dagit means swoop while
sagparak is descriptive of a heated 'bulang' (cockfight).
The block and chase portion of the Kuratsa (called
'palanat') is never seen in the Mexican social dance La
Cucaracha but is very common among Samar 'amenudo'
(or couple dances) like the Ismaylingay, Amoracion,
Alimukon, Kuradang and Pantomina.
Popular versions of this dance exist in Samar can be
classified as the Kuratsa Menor (the usual favorite) and
the many versions of the daring Kuratsa Mayor. New
genres of Kuratsa evolved as a result of necessity, like-
as the name implies- Kuratsa kanan Kadam-an and a
very funny Kuratsa nga Pinayungan appropriate for
rainy days.

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