Type: Idiophones > Lamellophones > Jawharps.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The giwong is a jawharp that is played by the Kalinga people of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. They were traditionally used for courting but now made more for the tourist trade, often made by non-Kalinga as well. It is a very flat jaw harp but with very good tone and very easy to play. These jaw harps are often readily available in tourist shops in many countries and as such not taken very seriously.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [Giwong article] ;