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Word: agong

Source of Term: Filipino Heritage vol. 6

Language:Maranao

Category: Musical Instrument

Description: A large bossed gong played on a ceremonial occasions like in parades or

burial processions.


Word: agong

Category: instrument

1. Ethno-linguistic group: Maguindanaon

2. General physical description: a pair of wide-rimmed gongs. It displays a high busel (protrusion or knob) and a wide takilidan (rim) of approximately 30 cm. Other parts of the agong include the pakaw (collar), biyas (face), and bibir (mouth).

3. General playing technique: struck with a mallet.

4. Musical function: plays an ostinato in palabunibunyan

5. Playing circumstance: it is heard in various occasions like weddings, water baptism called paigo sa ragat, and curing rites called kapagipat. Also played alone to announce an emergency and to mark the time of the day.

Source:CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Volume I, Peoples of the Philippines, K-Z

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