The Taddok the Native Taloctoc Kalinga Dance

The “taddok” is the native dance of Taloctoc, Kalinga – a far flung village north of Manila, Philippines. The taddok is done by men beating their gongs as they skip with the tempo and dance around in circles. The women, in turn, danced the “tanggi”; hands raised at shoulder level on both sides, while they skip to the beat.

Both men and women skip around the plaza performing certain dance formations to add variety to the otherwise monotonous steps. The steps may involve any of the following:

1. They dance in pairs with the right hand of the women on the left shoulder of the men, while they go around and stomp their feet in unison.

2. The women’s right hand are inclined downwards while they skip and the men follow these body movements; when the women move left, the men do likewise.

3. They form two circles, the women inside and the men outside. They skip around the circle in the same direction and then in opposite directions.

4. The women point their right hand upwards and skip in place while the men beat their gongs in place too.

There are several variations of the taddok. As the natives are exposed to technology and modernization, they incorporate the new information into the taddok’s steps. The younger generations are more innovative by introducing other dance steps like cha-cha and rumba into the routine. The combination usually produces a dance ritual that is totally unique and enlivening.

Taddoks are performed during marriage festivities, fiestas, peace pact celebrations, and when welcoming visitors. The Taloctoc natives are very hospitable people, offering the best to any visitor.

During these celebrations, taddok contests are conducted and everyone is expected to participate. Colorful woven cloth materials like “ginamat” (rectangular piece of cloth to cover the lower torso of women) . The best g-strings are worn by the men. These are long rectangular woven cloth which covers the lower private parts of men, the upper torso is bare. Bongol (beads) are also worn in the hands and the neck. Body tattoos are not uncommon. Almost all the old natives have their beautifully designed tattoos on their bodies.

If it’s a peace pact celebration, representatives from the different villages would join the contest. The celebration would last until the wee hours of dawn amidst the blazing crackles of a bonfire. The taddok is one unique and wonderful tradition that the Kalinga natives are extremely proud of.