Tinikling is a traditional folk dance which is believed to be the heritage of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines. The dance originated in the central Philippines, in Leyte, an island of the Visaya Group. The dance moves originate from the elegant moves of birds locally known as "tikling." While dancing, people try to imitate the birds’ grace and beauty. Also, the dancers use bamboo poles to make the dance even more unusual. The poles are used as percussive instruments accompanying guitar, ukulele, or octavina.
Tourists can enjoy the traditional dance of the Philippines all around the country on special occasions such as Independence Day celebrated on June 12th or other cultural festivals.
Naturally, the greatest variety of Independence Day celebrations, including tinikling performances, occur in the capital city of Manila.