Leyte-Samar culture: Who does the best Curacha?

Think Leyte and Samar?

Then think Curacha!

Who would have thought that churches, auditoriums and other projects could be built through Curacha?

The dance originates from Leyte-Samar, and mimics the courtship between a rooster and a hen.  It begins with a moderate beat and climaxes with a rapid movement, where the male is coaxing the female with pantomimes.  Throughout the curacha performance, the audience is encouraged to lay money on a wide kerchief, especially when either of the dancing pair is harnessed or hobbled for effect.

To our mind, the best female dancer of the curacha in Guinarona is Edna Villablanca.   On the male side, we can only think of Vicente “Tente” Quintero,  who wowed them when he paired with Luisa Camulte at the Guinarona Elementary School flagpole court back in the day.


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