This is a Tiruray dance for girls, performed in Nuro,
Cotabato. According to the natives the word "mag-asik" means
to sow seeds. A large kerchief or piece of bright colored
cloth about a yard square is spread in the middle of the floor.
The dancers go around the cloth with small, heavy steps but with
graceful hand and arm movements. The dance consists of two parts,
which the natives call "komaligue" and "mag-asik". Three girls
numbered No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 perform this dance.
COSTUME: The dancers wear tight blouses with long tight
sleeves and a peplum gathered at the waist. The
blouse is made if shiny material in different colors.
The favorite colors of the Tiruray girls are bright
red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, and black. A
"patadiong", ankle length, is worn as a skirt. A
necklace is made of gold, beads, or old silver coins
is worn around the neck and reaches down to the waist.
The rich wear metal belts about six inches wide. A
"sarong" hangs on the left (or right) shoulder. Only
the lower lip is painted.
MUSIC is derived into two parts: A and B. It is played continuously
as many times as necessary.
COUNT: One, two to a measure.
FORMATION: The cloth is spread on the floor or stage. The
three dancers enter one by one, moving around the
cloth as indicated in the direction given below.
I. Heavy small steps going forward, with four or more steps
to a measure. Both feet are flat on the floor.
II. Small close steps right or left. Take four close steps
to one side (to change direction, feet are one fourth step).
Take one close step for every count.
III. Stand in place with the weight of the body on the left
foot. The knees are slightly bent and R foot stamps four
or more times to a measure. The body sways slightly to
right and left following the arm and hand movements.
Dancers enter from backstage of from a corner. (No. 1 is
followed in line by No. 2 and No. 3)
Note: Music plays continuously because the number of steps
taken in one figure cannot be estimated in this dance. Everything
depends upon the individual dancer.
Girl No. 1 enters doing Step I with the following hand
The right (or left) hand is in continuous motion, going
slowly up and down in this manner. When the hand goes up the fingers
are pointed downward, stiffy and close together. The elbow is bent
and is raised as the hand is raised. The hand moves upward (parallel
to and close to the body), palm facing the body. When the hand goes
down the wrist is flexed, the fingers point upward, palm facing out,
and the elbow is lowered. The hand moves close to the body. The
movement of the right hand is changed every four counts, four counts
going up and four counts going down. The left (or right) hand holds
he "sarong" down at the side with the second and third fingers
pinching the cloth tightly.
Girl No. 2 follows three feet behind No. 1.
Girl No. 3 follows three feet behind No. 2.
The three dancers circle cloth counterclockwise using Step I,
maintaining a distance of three feet from each other.
Girl stand around cloth facing in, dancing Step III. Repeat
same hand movements as in figure I.
Do Step I once going clockwise. Repeat counterclockwise. Hold
hands about two inches over shoulders with palms down, fingers close
together. Fingers are moved up and down from the wrist imitating
the flying movements of birds, elbows close to the body.
Dancers finish on one line in rear of cloth, facing audience.
Do Step II. Bend arms forward (hands horizontal on chest)
with palms down, right hand on top of the left, fingers stiffy
together. Lower and raise the hands slowly. (As the left hand
goes down the right goes up and vice versa). Do this four times.
Note: The hands are raised to shoulder level and lowered to four
inches below the waist.
Do Step II eight times to the right and left alternately.
Starting position: arms parallel to each other at left side,
wrists flexed upward, fingers stiffy together, palms down, elbows
straight and stiff.
From the starting position move arms to the right side,
keeping arms parallel to each other. At end of fourth step,
fingers must be hyperextended and the wrists bent downward
jerkily. (Palms always down.)
Move arms eight times to sideward right and left. Arms
and feet move with each change of direction.
With No. 1 leading, all do Step I going around cloth
twice counterclockwise. Hands on hips with the little finger
sticking out and waggling. Dancers finish standing around cloth
with left shoulder toward center.
Do Step III. Hold "sarong" with second and third fingers
of right (left) hand. Move hands alternately as in figure I. (As
right hand moves up left hand goes down).
(a) With No. 1 leading, do Step I going around cloth. No. 3
stoops down as if picking up cloth but does not. She continues
off stage. No. 2 does same.
(b) No. 1 picks up the cloth by two upper corners and holds
it between thumb and second finger. The three remaining fingers
are separated and hyperextended. (Use both hands).
Does Step I going forward, holding cloth in front of
body, elbows straight. Shakes cloth in time to music.
(c) Does Step II four times to right and left sides. Moves
cloth to right and left side simultaneously with movements of
the feet. Elbows remain rigid. Gives strong shake of cloth at
end of each fourth close step.
(d) Faces audience. Does Step III. Holds cloth in one corner
with right hand. Left hand hangs stiffy at side with fingers and
elbows straight, palm down. Moves right hand up and down as in
figure I four times.
Does Step I. Turns around once before going out. Holds
cloth with right hand in front of chest level. When she is turned
away from the audience, she looks back over her right shoulder.
Just before going off stage she puts cloth over left shoulder.