Saturday, May 03, 2008

Scenes from the Festive Vigan Beating

Binatbatan is the traditional cotton ginning or beating the cotton to remove the seeds using bamboo sticks. The binatbatan dance is the replication of the binatbatan except that they just beat the road with the sticks and make a pas de deux, do the hyphenated square dance, paso doble or even cheerleading acrobatics along the streets of Vigan in tropical heat wearing inabel or the shiny Ilocano cotton cloth. You perform every 20 meters for four kilometers and you must smile as often as you can. Andy's photos were taken at the start. I will give you photos after four kilometers later.

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