January 14, 2016



The Maglalatik is a dance from the Philippines in which coconut shell halves are secured onto the dancers' hands and on vests upon which are hung four or six more coconut shell halves. The dancers, all male, perform the dance by hitting one coconut shell with the other, and sometimes the shells worn by another performer, all in time to a fast drumbeat. The name comes from the latik, which means "fried coconut milk curd", a coconut product that is used in Filipino cooking, particularly in snacks.

Like many Filipino dances, it is intended to impress the viewer with the skill of the dancer, and in some circles it has been noted that the manlalatik "consists of a trapping and boxing method hidden in a dance." Originally it was executed in Binan, on Luzon, being a mock-war dance which suggests the battle between the Moros (Muslims) and the Christians on the prized latik, throughout the Spanish rule. Moro performers usualy wear read trousers, while the Christian performers appear in green or blue.

About the stamps
The first stamps is part of ther series Marine Biodiversity, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the series Save the Tamaraw, about which I wrote here.

Maglalatik - Wikipedia
Folk Dance in the Philippines: Maglalatik - Philippines Travel Site

Sender: Crispulo V. Arquero III (direct swap)
sent from Vigan City (Luzon / Philippines), on 03.10.2013 

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