There’s more to the National Costume performance of Catriona Gray than meets the eye. The Qrown talked to the main man behind the Catriona Gray in motion, Carlos Buendia Jr. He revealed that Catriona’s choreography isn’t just some random ethnic movements but are carefully choreographed gestures.
Buendia Jr. shared how the choreography has two main parts: the first and last establishment.
At the first establishment, Catriona Gray performed the “Pagbati”. According to the Palaw’an Ethno-Linguistic group, the “pagbati’ is a hand gesture done by “Babaylan” (priestess) at the beginning and ending of any ritual. They said that this is a way for the priestess to transmit to each other good energy.
The “pagbati” means “let’s unite in will and spirit.”
The dance part on the last establishment represents a narration of the three important stage of a Filipina’s life:
- Luzon: Igorot Courtship Dance (First 4 counts)
- Visayas: Managagat from Cebu (Livelihood and Lifestyle)
- Mindanao: Maranao or Maguindanaon Singkil (Marriage)
- This only shows that the choreography of Catriona’s National Costume is well thought out.