A Barrio Fiesta is a fiesta that features singing, dancing and a lot of food. Many filipino families keep an open house with long tables filled with special filipino dishes. Some places hold a beauty pageant to decide the fiesta queen. The Barrio Fiesta is usually where most native filipino dances are performed. The Barrio Fiesta is celebrated in honor of Santo Nino.
Tinikling-This dance which is performed with bamboo sticks and people, is usually performed at barrio fiestas.
Todo, Todo-This spanish influenced dance is always done at filipino parties. It is a line dance danced to spanish like music.
Pandango sa ilao-This dance is usually performed to welcome new people from other places. To lead them safely
so that they won't get lost. It is usually done in the beginning of a barrio fiesta.
Itik,Itik A favorite of the filipinos is the dance called itik,itik. It's when you do the chicken flap then, do formations. It is done at barrio fiestas.
Castanetes- This dance is also performed at a Barrio Fiesta. Though it is not very common, because it requires learning and when you master it, it is quite fun. Not many filipinos know how to do it since it is purely from the spanish heritage. Still, some filipinos know how and perform it fairly well.
Many filipinos love fiestas. These special celebrations have many meanings to the filipinos. They combine worship, food, music, and often spectacle and dance. The communities and families gather together to celebrate.
Different communities celebrate in different ways. They even have different dialects for speaking philippine. Since there are more than 7,000 islands, this must be true. Some dialects are so influenced from spanish that it sounds just like spanish and some aren't. Even though the origins of many of these festivals are foreign, they have become distinctly filipino.