The ʻori Tahiti, or tāmūrē as popularized in many 1960s recordings, is a dance from Tahiti and the Cook Islands and although denied by the local purists, for the rest of the world it is the most popular dance and the mark of Tahiti. Usually danced as a group of boys and girls, all dressed in more (the Tahitian grass skirt, however not made of grass but of the fibers from the bark of the pūrau or hibiscus plant).

The boys shake their knees (as scissors, from there the use of the word pāʻoti (scissors) for this movement), and the girls shake their hips (and their long, loose hairs, if they have them). In reality the movement of their knees is the engine which drives their hips. Their feet should stay flat on the ground and their shoulders should remain stationary. The movements of the hands is of secondary importance. The girls are largely standing still, the boys move around their partner, either facing her in front or hiding behind her back (as seen from the public). The tempo of the music is continuously increased up to the point where only the most experienced and fittest dancers can keep their shaking up. Depending on the performers, the sexual innuendo may be more or less obvious. The predecessor of the tāmūrē, the traditional ʻupaʻupa was outlawed by the LMS missionaries for that reason.

Tāmūrē is a foreign word, the name of a fish in the Tuamotu, the real name of the dance is ʻori Tahiti, which is the literal translation for “Tahitian dance”.

Some more background info here.


The trailer to Bohemian Rhapsody is finally here, and everyone who’s ever loved Queen will surely have their heads bopping and feet stomping in excitement to this new drop!

Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the music of Queen and their lead singer Freddie Mercury who shattered the conventions then and rose to become of the best and most beloved entertainers in the world. Featuring the band’s iconic songs, the film will also chronicle the rise of the band, how Mercury’s lifestyle “spirals out of control,” and their reunion on the eve of Live Aid, which is still considered to be one of the greatest performance in rock music history.

Directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher, the film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, joined by Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.

Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release in the Philippines on November 7, 2018.


“The Fonuea is a Samoan legend of the turtle and the shark. It tells the story of a blind mother by the name of Fonuea and her daughter going through a famine in the village of Salega Savaii Samoa. Their relatives had abandoned them and left them to die of starvation. The blind mother was so upset she had her daughter take her to a cliff and they jumped into the ocean as a shark and turtle where they swam to Tutuila and was greeted by a chief who clothed and feed them. Fonuea was so grateful she shared her gratitude and vowed she would return to Vaitogi to live at the bottom of the cliff and that she would appear to the chief by singing a chant which is the Fonuea song. A beautiful song that carries a lot of strength and courage of a blind mother (Fonuea) and daughter who were treated with such disgrace and found refuge in a chief’s home.” — Source.

Fonuea by Sau e Siva

Fonuea by Nesian Pearl


Free admission to 9 museums on International Museum Day

Looking for something to do this weekend? At least nine museums in Metro Manila are expected to offer free admission, Friday, May 18, 2018, in celebration of International Museum Day.

These include Yuchengco Museum in Makati, Metropolitan Museum and Museong Pambata in Manila, Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros, and QCX Museum in Quezon City.

Self-portrait of this blogger at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, March 2014.

Also open to the public for free on May 18 are all properties under the National Museum — the National Museum for Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, and the Planetarium.

“We are promoting to Filipinos and visitors from all around the world our National Museum in the Philippines. Here can be found knowledge, appreciation and love for our heritage as Filipinos and as people, in the fields of fine arts, anthropology, the natural world and their historical contexts,” National Musuem chairman Ramon R. del Rosario said in a message posted on Facebook.

“Your National Museum is one of the leading centers of education, science and culture. All who are interested or merely curious are able to come because admission is free, to the National Museum Complex in Rizal Park in Manila, and to our museums nationwide, from Batanes to Jolo, which is made possible by the strong support for this institution from the national government and our partners in the private and other sectors.”

Meanwhile, the Ayala Museum in Makati will celebrate International Museum Day on Sunday, May 20, offering free admission.