PALANG-AY

This was a dance number of Palang-ay during Kabsat in Suyo.

This was a dance number of Palang-ay during Kabsat in Suyo.

Palang-ay is a tradition among Bago tribe wherein a lactating mother breastfeed her child or a child of another person. This is done when a mother of a child cannot breastfed her child due to some reasons, such as, the mother is sick or she far away for how many days, or when her breast does not produce milk..

When the infant was hungry and she cannot breastfeed her child, her eldest child bring the baby to her neighbor and have it breastfeed.

In a traditional dance “Palang-ay”, the infant child will be held what they called “aban”—a blanket entwined in the body of the woman, from shoulder and tied in front of the breast, and the infant will be placed here.

Palang-ay is a cultural dance by the Bago Tribe wherein they show the importance of neighborhood and helping one another that includes the breastfeeding the child of her neighbor.

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