Pamana Dance Group

We are the Pamana Dance Group, which makes up the cultural arm of the Philippine-American Society of Greater Dayton.


The Pantomina, or "dance of the doves," is a wedding dance that originated from the province of Albay on the southeastern tip of the island of Luzon. It depicts the courtship and lovemaking of doves. The men attempt to please the women and the dance shows the ardent pursuit of a lover for his beloved.

The Binasuan is a Filipino folk dance in which the performers balance glasses filled with rice wine on their heads and hands while gracefully dancing. The binasuan, which means "with the use of drinking glasses," originated in the province of Pangasinan on the island of Luzon and is popular at festive events such as weddings and fiestas.

Itik-Itik is a dance that originated in the province of Surigao on the island of Mindanao. It depicts the movements of wading and flying itik, or "ducks," where dancers mimic the duck?s short swaying gait of waddling feet and the intense energy of close-cropped flapping wings.

The Tinikling is a dance that originated in the province of Leyte on the island of Visayas. The dance imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.

Names of Performers: Armin Sayson / Alice Erfe / Nilo Joson / Leeing Haworth / Roger Naguit / Marianne Powell / Teo Marcelo / Gina Davis / Bryan Stevens / Helen Howard / Brandon Helms / Vilma Helms / Judy Ford / Marian Sayson / Danielle McCreary / Charlea Gee / Michelle Holder / Lea Ducamos / Jessie Niehus