Bodies of Work

Many folk and traditional dances performed by dance troupe nowadays were actually salvaged from oblivion by many of Ramon’s  researches and were initially staged by Ramon Obusan for his folkloric group. Pre-eminent among these dances are the La Jota Paragua a fiery Iberian influenced dance from Cuyo, Palawan, Abaruray de Catanauan a dance taught to him by two ninety year olds in Quezon province, Pandamgo a Matigsalug dance with very interesting storyline, Sinakiki a hen and cockerel dance of Waray origin which he discovered in Rapu-rapu, Albay, Kasanduayan and Kinakulangan, Maranao dances showcasing the payong-a-sinilatan with a bevy of ladies gracefully walking on a way to a wedding, the Ibanag Christmas dance Infantes where children shepherds are joined by two higantes in their dance routines from house to house, the Kalinga headhunting victory dance called Takiling and the Ragragsakan with women dancers balancing labba baskets while spreading silanbituon blankets. Obusan had also dug deep into the pastores tradition of the country.

In fact, prior to his death, the ROFG has an annual Christmas treat by showcasing a collection of these pastores dances in one production. No other dance group has made such an anthology before Obusan. It is very interesting to note that while the December 21, 2006 Vamos a Belen show was on-going at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at the CCP, Obusan passed away. A sad announcement was made during the intermission and as true blue artists the ROFG dancers made the show go on. His pastores dance researches unearthed ‘becoming rare’ and fastly fading Christmastime dance pieces from Sanchez Mira, Cagayan in the north to Dipolog in the south, from Eastern Samar in the east to Antique in the west and everyplace in between particularly Bicol and pan-Visayas.

Obusan has been one big contributor to the Philippine Folk Dance Society’s (PFDS) Sayaw: Dances of the Philippine Islands series. A total of 30 among the 87 dances published in the six volumes of the Sayaw series were dances researched by him. A complete list of the said dances includes Lanceros de Tayabas, Lapay Bantigue, Manmanok , Sayaw sa Cuyo, Sohten, Sua Ku Sua,Abaruray, Ragragsakan, Bendian, Buling-buling, Idudu, Kadal Tahu, Rigodon Royale, Janggay, Jota Quirino, Pastores Camalig, Pig-apir, Buti-buti, Carinosa, Karatong, Kinugsik-kugsik, Malaguena, Pastores Tubog, Putungan, Uyauy, Bayluhan, Maglangka, Pandanggo sa Bulig, Sinakiki and Tarektek.

Obusan was also a frequent presenter of his researched dances on annual PFDS Dance Workshop. He presented the 30 pieces which was later published in the Sayaw book series. Other dances which he also presented in the workshops include Subli Inicbulan, Talbeng, Pangalay Yakan, Binaylan/Banog and Kasanduayan.

Many of the dances performed by the ROFG and its many affiliate dance groups are very rare and unpublished like the Sayana, Birguere, Inocentes, Inamuyatok, Pastores Mercedes, Dayang-dayang, Pangamote, Sugod Uno, Pastores Taft, Aggameyan, Minandagit, Pastores Bool, Pastores Kalawit, Pinandanggo, Birhinia, Nazareno and Pastores Tolosa to name a few.

Aside from folk and traditional dances, Obusan was also recording rituals and customs from many ethnolinguistic groups. Some of these rituals were even “relocated” to the stage of CCP. Some rituals which he later staged include the Tagbanwa pagdiwata or inim, the Ibanag atang-atang, the Aeta anituan, the Tagacaulo udol, the Bukidnon tawgon hapnon, the kagharong of Bicol, the Waray panarit , the “bikbik sagsag” of Ifugao, the bakahan of Laguna, the mayat ti kararuwa of the Gaddang, the sonaran and pamalugu of the Bagobo, the gabbok of the Kalinga and the Maguindanao pag-islam.

Full Length Productions

Pictorial with a B'laan lady for the book Sinaunang Habi (c) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Corporate Affairs Office

Pictorial with a B’laan lady for the book Sinaunang Habi (c) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Corporate Affairs Office

  1. Vamos a Belen ! Series (1998-2006) Philippine Pastores Tradition
  2. Noon Po sa Amin , Tableaux of Philippine History in Song, Drama and Dance
  3. Obra Maestra, a collection of Ramon Obusan’s dance masterpieces
  4. Unpublished Dances of the Philippines, Series I-IV
  5. Water, Fire and Life, Philippine Dances and Music-A Celebration of Life
  6. An Evening of Philippine Songs and Dances
  7. Saludo sa Sentenyal
  8. Glimpses of ASEAN, Dance and Music of the ASEAN Member Countries
  9. Pagtatagpo: Timog at Hilaga
  10. Sigaw ni Inang Daigdig (Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig)
  11. Camalaniugan: Isang Kasaysayan, History in Dance
  12. Sayaw Pilipino: Hinubog ng Kasaysayan
  13. Looking Back at the Looking Hour-Glass, Philippines at the Turn-of –the-Century
  14. Sa Muling Pagbabalik, ROFG’s Homecoming Concert from Europe
  15. Saplot (Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group) Philippine Costumes in Dance
  16. Sayaw Pilipino, Handog sa Mundo Best –loved Philippine Folk Dances and Songs
  17. Under ASEAN Sky, Dances and Music of the ASEAN Countries
  18. Ritual Roots Philippine Dances in Rituals

Pasasalamat

  1. Tradisyon at Yaman ng Bayan, Philippine Traditions in Songs and Dances
  2. Himig at Tinig ng Katimugan, Sounds of the South
  3. Ritwal (Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group) Philippine Rituals, Rare and Exotic
  4. Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
  5. Kasaysayan Ayon sa Sayaw
  6. Taguig: Munting Bayan sa Tabi ng Lawa , History of Taguig in Dance
  7. Salu-salo, Kasaysayn ng Pilipinas sa Sayaw, Awit at Musika
  8. Glimpses of Maranao Customs and Traditions
  9. Maynila, Isang Kasysayan
  10. Makati, Isang Kasaysayan (Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group)
  11. Ang Barong Pilipino, The Evolution of Filipino Dress
  12. Salo-salo, ROFG’s Homecoming Party from Europe
  13. Semana Santa
  14. Konsiyerto ng Kalayaan ng Kalookan
  15. Kaamulan, Gathering of the Tribes
  16. Kalakalan: The History of Trade and Commerce in the Philippines”
  17. Cuaresma, Lenten Rites and Rituals
  18. Fin de Siecle, End of the Century
  19. An Evening of Philippine Songs and Dances
  20. Kasaysayan ng Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas
  21. Peñafrancia Sagkud Pa Man, The Story of the Miraculous Virgin of Peñafrancia
  22. Christmas Around the World
  23. Nostalgia Filipina
  24. Philippine Tapestry
  25. Bagobo Gin-um Festival, Bagobo Ceremonial Rites of Passage
  26. Pasundayag
  27. Philippine Folk Dance Festival
  28. Namaka, The Birdman
  29. Kayaw, Kalinga Head-hunting and Other Rituals

 Short Pieces

  1. Durian, Isang Alamat Bagobo
  2. Recuerdos
  3. May Pasko Pa Rin sa Smokey Mountain
  4. Kagayonan
  5. Sounds of Tuntungan, Yakan Wedding Ritual
  6. Highland’s Wild Fury
  7. Sayaw-sayaw’, Philippine Festivals
  8. Budong, Kalinga Peace Pact
  9. Bulah-bulah/Silat, Tausug Martial and Shell Dance
  10. SABONG
  11. Tawgon-Hapnon, Talaandig Rituals in Dance
  12. Malakas at Maganda
  13. Boda de Oro, An All-Visayan Folk Dance Suite
  14. Intaneg, An Ifugao Wedding Ceremony
  15. Pandamgo (Matigsalug Community)
  16. Pamalugu (Bagobo Cleansing Ritual)
  17. Nagalas Chi Kalinga, Kalinga Songs and Dances
  18. Dallot, Ilocano Bride-Buying Ritual
  19. Gala, Visayan Wedding Traditions
  20. Udol, Tagakaulo Death Ritual
  21. Inim, Tagbanua Drinking Ritual
  22. Barter of Panay
  23. Baluga, Dances of the Baluga of Pampanga
  24. Gabbok, Kalinga Birth Rites

Pageantry and Parades

  1. Dayaw: Philippine Cultural Communities Arts Festival
  2. Asian Games Opening
  3. Pahiyas Philippine Folk Festival
  4. Dinagyang Festival’95
  5. 32nd Annual Smithsonian Folk Festival
  6. Grand Santacruzan
  7. 1998 Grand Kalayaan Centennial Parade
  8. Pineapple Festival
  9. 1998 World Folklore Festival Opening Parade
  10. Lanzones Festival
  11. 100th Year Celebration of Allimudin’s Conversion
  12. 1981 Papal Visit
  13. 1994 Miss Universe Opening Number
  14. Kasaysayan ng Lahi
  15. Lantern Parade Seville Exposition
  16. Philippine Independence Day Parade
  17. Baliwag Quadricentennial Celebration Parade

Videography

  1. Noon Po sa Amin Philippine History in dance, Music, Mime and Drama
  2. ASEAN Instructional video on the Study of Traditional Dance (Philippine Edition)
  3. CCP Tuklas Sining Video Series
  4. Sayaw, An Overview of Philippine Dance
  5. Sayaw, Ethnic Dances of the Philippines
  6. Sayaw, Spanish Influenced Dances
  7. Oasioas, Philippine Dance
  8. Festivals of Asia and the Pacific
  9. Saplot Documentary on Philippine Costumes
  10. Kasal Documentary on Unique Philippine Wedding Practices

 

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