by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The gong will take center stage in this province when the “Awong chi gangsa” (Call for a thousand gongs) is celebrated in February next year.
The Awong chi gangsa aims to introduce the unique music produced by gongs.
The committee working on salient feature in Kalinga’s 19th founding anniversary and Ullalim Festival from Feb. 13 to 15 expects around 3,000 participants to simultaneously beat the gongs from the Rotary Marker down the streets of Bulanao towards the athletic bowl where the seven municipalities will form the letters K-A-L-I-N-G-A and the four districts of Tabuk City the word S-H-I-N-E-S.
All the towns and this city will have at least 300 gongs and players each for this event.
Before the ground demonstration starts at the athletic bowl, the guest of honor and Gov. Jocel Baac will beat the ceremonial gong to officially open the 19th founding anniversary and Ullalim Festival celebration.
Attractive prizes await participating groups with the best presentations.
Committee member Adoracion Dalanao said the thousand gongs will replace street dancing.
The thousand gongs event was first broached by Dr. Amelia Miranda, a civic leader in this city.
With the meeting of minds that included Church leaders, the call for a thousand gongs has expanded as a rallying advocacy for lasting peace and cultural renewal, according to Bishop Prudencio Andaya Jr. of the Vicariate of Tabuk City.
According to Wikipedia, the gangsa of the northern Philippines is a single hand-held smooth-surfaced gong with a narrow rim.
A set of gangsa, which is played one gong per musician, consists of gangsa tuned to different notes, depending on regional or local cultural preferences. The number of gangsa in a set varies with availability, and depends on the tradition of a parti-cular ethnic group of Cordillera such as the Kalingas, Ifugaos, and Bontoks.