Probably the most known dances of the Philippines are those from the rural areas. For the Filipinos/Filipinas, whose land is well-blessed with such beautifulness, the dances are expressions of their enjoyment of life and passion for music. Rural dances show the profile of the Philippine way of life and the merriment in festivities. Balintawak and Batadyong are the costumes of the women, which resemble the simplicity and purity of the rural life.
Kalesa means horse and cart, the most common means of transportation in the older times and even in the rural areas at present. The umbrellas symbolize the wheels of the cart and the quick movements resemble the movements of the horse.
Tinikling is said to be the national dance of the Philippines. At least two persons are required for tapping the bamboo poles and one or two dancers who step over and in between the poles. The dance originated in Leyte, Visayan Island in the central Philippines. The name derives from the bird called tikling. The dance imitates the movement of the birds as they walk between grass or run over tree brances.
Female dancers wear dresses called Balintawak or Patadyong and males wear their Barong Tagalog. A Balintawak dress is characterized by the wide arched sleeves while the Patadyong is made of pineapple fiber blouse combined with checkered skirts. Dancers of the Tinikling are bare-footed while performing the dance.