Folk Music of Palawan
Vocal Music :
Bagit, Kulial, (song), Tultul (epic chant), Ulit (shamanic chant) Instrumental music :
Aruding ( Jew’s harp), babarak (ring flute) suling
(banded Flute), basal (gong), kusyapiq (lute) , pagang (bamboo zither)u Social Functions:
Ritual music, music of expressing contrasting emotions,
Bird songs, Kulial songs, Epic songs (i.e kudaman)
People of Palawan
* Tau’T batu tribe
-They are a sub-group of the Palaw’an tribe that live in the Singnapan Valley found in the southern part of Palawan. They live in the caves during rainy seasons and farm using the kaingin system during dry seasons. As compared to the other tribes, they are familiar with business or trading concepts like wages, labor and money. * TAGBANUA
The tribes of the Tagbanua can be found in the central and northern part of Palawan. They are known to practice the shifting cultivation of upland rice and are known for a rice wine ritual called Pagdiwata. The Tagbanua tribes also believe in a lot of deities that they believe can be found in their surroundings.. * BATAK
The Batak or “mountain people” are said to live in the northeastern part of Palawan. They are generally shy and peaceful people as they are known to live with nature. They believe in spirits and commune with a babaylan or a religious person.
The Palaweños would include the Agutaynons, Molbogs and Cuyunons. The Cuyunons are said to be an elite class of people. They come from the town of Cuyo in the northern part of Palawan and are religious and disciplined. They are very community and oriented. The Agutaynons are more simple group. They fish and farm in order to derived income. Lastly the Molbogs are said to be the first people actually stay on Balbac. Their names comes from the word, malubog or turbid water. Among the other groups, this group’s culture is the one closest to that of Islamic race.
Tabanua & Palaw’an Script
Tagbanua is a syllabic alphabet in which each consonant has an inherent vowel /a/. Other vowels are indicated either by separate letters, or by diacritics. When vowels appear at the beginning of words or one they own, they are represented by separate letters. Tagbanua is traditionally written on bamboo in vertical columns from bottom to top and left to right. Though it is read from left to right in horizontal lines
Jew’s Harp ,Ring flute,kutyapiq (lute),bamboo zither,
Vocal music : Bagit. Kulial (song) , Tultul(Epic Chant) , Ulit (Shamanic Chant)
Music of the Visayas
* Vocal Music:
* balitao (VISAYAN) is a song-and-dance debate between a man and a woman. More often sung than danced, it is a Visayan art form which existed in the region long before the Spaniards came. The early natives called the songoyayi and the dance baya-i. Banggi (ILONGGO) (SUNG DEBATE),
* Pastores (CHRISTMAS) is a short Christmas play which narrates the story of Christ's nativity as performed in Brgy. Magcagong, Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines. The play depicts the shepherd's adoration of the child Jesus.
* Kanta (BALLAD, LULLABY, COURTSHIP)
* Composo (ILONGGO NARRATIVE SONG
* Instrumental Music;
The instruments of the standard Filipino rondalla have similarities in structure and are played with a plectrum made out of turtle shell. Except for the guitar and bass guitar(double bass), all are 14-stringed consisting of six(6) sets of strings tuned in the intervals of fourths, each set consisting of 1, 2 or 3 string/s. The purpose of the doubling or tripling of strings is to produce better sound and increase tone volume.
Tultugan is the Hiligaynon and Kiniray-a word for the indigenous bamboo drum. It is the emerging festival of the province and the region. It aims to promote the town’s leading bamboo industry and to project the bamboo as the...
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