Friday, May 27, 2016

Philippines 2016
Traditional Musical Instruments

ISSUE DATE: 4 May 2016
STAMP SIZE: 30 x 40 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Victorino Z. Serevo

The month of May was declared National Heritage month through Proclamation 439 in 2003 mandating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to conserve and promote the nation’s cultural and historical heritage.

The stamp features eight different traditional musical instruments from the collection of National Artists for Music Ramon P. Santos, a musicologist who has done extensive research on traditional and contemporary music traditions of the Philippines and Asia.

The following musical instruments appeared in the regular stamps are Kulintang - sets of graduated gongs laid in a row used in Southern Philippines, Kudyapi - a two-stringed, fretted boat-lute, used by the Maguindanao and Maranao, Dabakan - a large goblet shaped drum used in kulintang ensembles and Gangsa - flat gongs made of bronze, brass and iron.

Four different instrument were also featured in the special souvenir sheet such as the Kudlong - a two string lute used by the Mansaka and Mandaya, the Libbit – a conical drum with a deer goat head used by the ifugao, Agung - a larger, deep rimmed gongs with sides that are turned in and used in southern Philippines, the Gabbang - a bamboo xylophone found in Southern Philippines.

Three instruments were added to highlight the first day cover envelope and souvenir sheet, the Kubing, Jews harps made of bamboo and used in Southern Philippines, the Gandingan, a set of four large hanging knobbed gongs with narrower rims and less prominent bosses and the Sulibao, a longitudinal slightly barrel shaped hallowed out logs with deer skin heads on one end used by the Bondok and Ibaloi.

Stamp images thanks to PHLPOST