The gitgit or the three-stringed indigenous violin of the Hanunoo-Mangyan is not only an instrument that plays during the interludes of an ambahan poem. It also serves as a vessel for some of the ambahan scripts. The ambahan is often engraved in handy items such as lime, betel nut, and tobacco containers, bolo sheaths, and the gitgit .
Text: Maranan, Edgardo B., Nerissa Balce, Ramon Obusan, Gary E. P. Cheng, and E. Arsenio Manuel .”Mangyan” in CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Digital Edition., updated by Gonzalo A. Campoamor II. Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2020. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://epa.culturalcenter.gov.ph/1/2/
Image: Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Gitgit from the Hanunoo-Manyan, Digital Archival Photo, 4,272 x 2,848 pixels., NPF- Ethnographic Collection
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