Traditional Musical Instruments from the Philippines
The dayuday (dayuray) is a spike fiddle with only one string. The Banwaon adopted the name kugut from the identical instrument of the neighboring Agusan Manobo. The body of the instrument is made from one half of a coconut shell, the open end of which is covered with snake skin or pig’s bladder. A bamboo strip is pierced through two holes in the coconut shell with one half sticking out; this projecting half is then inserted into a thin bamboo stick which serves as the neck. The bow is also made out of a bamboo strip. The string of the dayuday is made of abaka hemp or from a purchased guitar steel string, the bow’s string of abaka.
The spike fiddle dayuday used to be widespread all over Mindanao with different names and with a slightly different construction. It is, first of all, an instrument for women—with all minority groups in Mindanao.