The cariñosa is a Philippine folk dance of Hispanic origin. It is closely associated with the island of Panay and the Visayas region in general. The word cariñosa is from the Spanish cariñosa meaning the affectionate one. Most Filipina women can be described as karinyosa.
This is a courtship dance that portrays acts of flirtation between a man and a woman. The dancers perform steps resembling hide-and-seek movements. The woman holds a handkerchief or sometimes a fan.
O mga Pulong Bisaya ng aking puso,
Ang langit mo’y may pang-akit sa aking kaluluwa
Ang mga awit mo’y may tanging kariktang
Nakapapawi sa pighating alin man.
Matamis na lupain ng aking mga pangarap,
Ikaw ay isang makinang na bituing
Sa watawat nati’y nagniningning!
Rivaling the tinikling, the cariñosa has also been called the national dance of the Philippines, though a government declaration has never been made designating either one as official.