Maranao kulintangan and korsi

The Maranao korsi is a carved wooden chair with a carved niaga (fern) motif in front and an eagle on top of the backrest. This chair was collected by Datu Natancup in Lanao del Sur in August 28, 1962 and is considered as a cultural treasure because of its unique traditional Maranao okir designs. The korsi is rarely manufactured today and is basically used as a seat for the kulingtangan player.

Together with the korsi the kulingtang (xylophone) is also a cultural treasure. It is a Maranao musical instrument with 8 graduated gongs. One end has three red and orange niaga motif while the other end has the sarimanok motif. These motifs symbolize Maranao traditional designs that are combined to produce intricate abstract motif in the form of animals, plant part or any common object. These motifs are referred to as okir, which literally means to carve.

The 8 graduated gongs made of brass are laid on top of a wooden carving. They are strategically arranged to produce eight ascending pitches. The kulingtang is played during festivities among the Maranao, especially of wedding occasions, house warming, and receiving important guests.

The kulingtang exhibited at the Museum of the Filipino People was a gift from the Malacanang Palace in November 9, 1956.


This page was last modified Monday, February 10, 2014
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