Despedida dance

Filipinos love to dance and the number of local TikTokers posting their moves on the short-form video platform, estimated by at 42.7 million to date, is one proof of that. They also do it on noontime TV variety shows, at concerts, nightclubs and fiestas across the country all year round.

In contrast, disco dancing in Sweden is regulated. Yes, Swedes can strut and twerk on the dance floor, but only if the venue has a government permit allowing that particular leisure.

The requirement was based on a 1956 law aimed at controlling “a surge of dance meets around the country where unchaperoned youths would consume alcohol and listen to what some at the time considered immoral music and dance,” Agence France-Presse reported.

The Swedish government, however, is now revising that law to do away with the dancing permit and minimize bureaucratic red tape.

Meanwhile, a video showing a group of Filipinos dancing during an unusual occasion has gone viral.

The dancers recorded in Leon, Iloilo last month looked like any parading group common at provincial festivals like the Dinagyang and Sinulog, the video on GMA News showed. The difference was that they were following the hearse carrying the remains of Adelina Cabarles of Barangay Tina-an Sur.

Cabarles’ relatives and former co-workers when she was the village chief swayed and twirled to the accompaniment of cha-cha music in compliance with her dying wish for her funeral to be festive and happy.

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