Cuteness overload in Petronas’ Gawai “Manik Panik” festive webfilm

Detective Gerunung and friends are geared up to solve the great Gawai Mystery.

KUCHING, May 28: Petronas brings cuteness overload with its newly launched “Manik Panik” festive webfilm that encapsulates moments of joy and togetherness wrapped in heartwarming humour in celebrating this year’s Hari Gawai Dayak.

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 the gerunung (bell worn around the ankles), headgear, beads and terabai (warrior’s shield).

A story of triumph through togetherness, told through the lens of intricate cultural items.

Petronas senior general manager of Group Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz, emphasised that Petronas was 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,” she said in a media release today.

“Manik Panik” is now live and available for viewing on Petronas’ official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8BfaBjR8Lc and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/petronas/videos/5538107102897577.

In addition to the webfilm, Petronas has also launched “Manik Panik” stickers for WhatsApp to further spread the joy of this festive season.

Detective Gerunung seeking advice from the wise Tok Terabai.

On Wednesday (May 26), Petronas launched a fully animated webfilm for Kaamatan entitled “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.” — DayakDaily