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Ginaw Ginaw Bilog
Birth and Death: January 3, 1953–June 3, 2003
Category: Artist and Poet (Ambahan)
Place of Birth: Panaytayan, Oriental Mindoro

• Ginaw Bilog was a promoter of the ambahan which was an oral

tradition of poetic verses of the Mangyan.
• Ambahan is composed of seven-syllable lines that use metaphors to
send a point or message. It also covers a variety of topics such as
giving advice, courtship, farewells, etc.
• The existence and preservation of the ambahan are mainly due to
Ginaw Bilog who recorded poetry in bamboo tubes and notebooks
(including those he recieves from his father and grand father).
Masino Intaray
Birth and Death: April 10, 1943-November 30, 2013
Category: Musician (basal or gong) and epic chanter (kulilal and bagit)
Place of birth: Brooke’s Point, Palawan

• Masino Intaray was a story teller, epic chanter and a

master musician.
• He was skilled with the traditional Palawan
instrumentation and accompaniments like the kulilkal,
aroding, babarak, bagit, and most especially the basal.
• His creative narrative skills as well as chanting skills
were evident in tultul, sudsungit, tuturan that he
performed for successive nights.
• He’s musical talent was heard when he
used the basal as accompaniment to the
Palawan tribes various rituals such as the
tambilaw and tinapay. His masterful use of
the basal gongs entertained the audience
and invigorated the festivities with music.
Instruments in Basal Ensemble
• Gimbal
• Sanang
• Agungs
• Stamping of the feet
Samaon Sulaiman
Birth and death: March 3, 1953- May 21, 2011
Category: Musician(Kudyapi)
Place of Birth: Mamasapano Maguindanao

• He was the acclaimed master and teacher of

the kudyapi.
• Kudyapi- a two stringed plucked lute that
comes in variety of shapes and forms and has
different names depending on which cultural
tribe you belong.
• The Maguindanaon and Kudyapi is said to
be the one of the most difficult traditional
filipino instruments to master. One string
provides rhythmic drone while the other
string gives the melody depending on the
position of the movable frets. This
instruments provides a wide range of
timbre and sound and is open to creative
rhythmic invention.
• Samaon Sulaiman is considered a master
of this technically difficult instrument
• He was a teacher among teachers,
serving an influential factor to the other
kudyapi masters in the region.
• For his dedication to keep the kudyapi
alive when other communities have but
abandoned this unique traditional filipino