KUALA LUMPUR, 27 May 2021 – PETRONAS celebrates Hari Gawai Dayak this year with the launch of its festive Webfilm titled ‘Manik Panik’, which explores themes of joy and togetherness.
Set in a longhouse on Gawai Dayak Eve, it features an unsolved mystery that has befallen the community when a beaded necklace belonging to the Gawai Festival Chief is found broken. With no one coming forward, Detective Gerunung, takes it upon himself to discover the truth. He sets off on a learning and discovery journey with the help of his friends to fix the broken necklace in time for the Chief to wear it for the Gawai kick-off ceremony.
The Webfilm also showcases various Dayak cultural objects and accessories such as gerunung (bell worn around the ankles) headgear, beads and terabai (warrior’s shield).
PETRONAS Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz, said: “PETRONAS is pleased to have produced a Webfilm as special and meaningful as ‘Manik Panik’, in celebration of Hari Gawai Dayak. From our unique family to yours, we send a festive greeting of happiness and hope, and a reminder of the importance of coming together as one.”
‘Manik Panik’ is now live and available for viewing on PETRONAS’ official YouTube channel and Facebook page. In addition to the Webfilm, PETRONAS has also launched ‘Manik Panik’ stickers for WhatsApp to further spread joy this festive season.
Yesterday, PETRONAS launched a fully animated Webfilm for Kaamatan titled ‘Bambaazon’, a story that explores themes of courage, resilience and kindness in the face of adversities. #StayHome, #StaySafe, #KitaJagaKita and Selamat Hari Gawai Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.