Videos of Philippine Traditional Music
– Northern Luzon –

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Itneg / Tinguian Traditional Dance, 1960’s

Original comment:
“The Itneg are one of the Igorot tribes based in the mountainous region of northern Luzon island, the Philippines. Their alternate name is "Tinguian" which comes from the Malay term "Tinggi" meaning "highlands". Here's a traditional dance filmed by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the 1960’s.”

Uploaded to YouTube on March 9, 2007
by anak1

Probe - Pinoy Idol

Original comment:
First segment of Probe episode that aired on June 10, 2004 on ABC5

At a time when all sorts of “idols” are being churned out by the media at a dizzying pace, little attention is being given to our indigenous cultural heroes. On its maiden episode on primetime television The Probe Team Documentaries features the people known as the “manlilikha ng Bayan” or National Living Treasures. Unknown to most Filipinos, eight folk artists have been recognized so far by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) the unique recognition of being “manlilikha ng Bayan” a distinction equivalent to the National Artist Award. For her report, Cheche Lazaro goes to Iloilo to get firsthand instruction on epic chanting from Federico Caballero, or Nong Pedring to the community, is the only “master epic chanter” of Panay-Bukidnon people, the largest ethno-linguistic grouping in Western Visayas. For over a decade now, Nong Pedring has been recording, documenting and translating the 9 epics of their group, which is spoken in an archaic language. It took him 30 years to master the epics. If chanted non-stop, one epic could take 2 months to finish. The epics are about warriors, gods and maidens with themes of compelling romance and high adventure familiar to the “telenovela” crazed generation of late. The Probe Team Documentaries then revisits Lamitan on the anniversary of the fateful siege that made the place a household name. This time though the Probe Team goes there not to hear the seemingly endless tales of terror but to listen to the music of Uwang Ahadas – a Yakan master of instrumental music. Eliza Zamora, in the process, learns how to play the “kwintangan” and the “agong” and hears the story of how Uwang, despite being functionally illiterate has been passing on the Yakan musical tradition for more than 40 years. Yakan music, unique for the absence of notation and its rich melodies, is considered one of the most interesting musical traditions in Mindanao. Finally, the Probe Team Documentaries goes to Kalinga to meet with folk artist Alonzo Saclag. Saclag known to his students as “Kesu” is a Kalinga master of dance and performing arts. Growing up in Lubuagan, Kalinga, the third capital of revolutionary government of the Philippines, instilled in him a sense of nationalist pride about his ethnic Kalinga heritage. In 1974, he single-handedly formed the Kalinga Budong Dance Troupe. The group has so far won 5 national folk dancing awards since its formation. Ultimately he dreams of building an ethnic village -- a living museum and a thriving testament to the uniqueness of Kalinga culture. JM Cobarrubias puts on the traditional Kalinga garb and learns the dances of the Kalinga.

This video is a low-resolution sample only. The high-resolution, complete episode is available in the Probe library. You may call (+63-2)9229273 or email for details.

Uploaded to ProbeTV on February 27, 2007
by Probe

Kalinga Dance, Sakpaya

Original comment:
“Filmed in Lubuagan, Kalinga province, Phillipines. Instruments used are called tonga-tong.”


Uploaded to YouTube on June 18, 2007
by dragisak

Street Dancing During the Lang-ay Festival

Original comment:
“Bontoc, Mountain Province”

This is a compilation of quite a number of different street performances showing the playing of gangsa gongs and dancing.

Uploaded to YouTube on March 17, 2007
by rafaelmanueljr

Kankanaey(?) Man 
Playing the Jaw’s Harp

Original comment:
“Christian plays Kubing in Sagada.

As the recording was made in Sagada, the player might be a member of the Kankanaey tribe. I don’t know the real name of the jaw’s harp shown here; it might be an afiw, kolibaw, whatever, but certainly not kubing...

Although the video is of rather bad technical quality, it gives a good idea of the performance style, which includes dance-like movements of the strumming hand.

Uploaded to YouTube on December 04, 2007
by danicapriscille12785

Documentary from the TV Series 
“Lukayo – Hindi Ito Bastos” 
by Howie Severino – Part 1

This documentary mainly shows Ramon Obusan, Philippine national artist of dance, lecturing to a group of highschool students. There are demonstrations of several dances by members of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group

Original comment:
Howie Severino’s controversial documentary on the the women of Kalayaan, Laguna who perform a nearly 200-year old ritual that consists of playfully parading and displaying wooden phalluses during weddings. The ritual celebrates marriage and binds communities. The MTRCB found the documentary to have "offensive content" and suspended the award-winning documentary program for two weeks.

Uploaded to YouTube on July 07, 2006
by mormon44

Documentary from the TV Series 
“Lukayo – Hindi Ito Bastos” 
by Howie Severino – Part 2

This documentary deals with different topics, mainly with the collection and documentary work of Ramon Obusan. Included are some interesting portions:
– the rehearsal of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group,
Ifugao warriors beating the bangibang, 
– singing during a Negrito death ritual.

Uploaded to YouTube on July 07, 2006
by mormon44

Stallsmiths in Philippines

Original comment:
“Encouraging Heart Music worship”

As far as I understand, this is a video about the life and work of a missionary, Glenn Stallsmith, and his family in the Philippines, between 2001 and 2007. Glenn obviously incorporated a lot of traditional music in his missionary work. He was or still is active in the Northern as well as in the Southern Philippines.

The song underlying the first part of the video is a typical Manobo song from Mindanao, probably of the Umayamnon Manobo, accompanied on a 2-stringed lute kuglung. Don’t get confused, as the associated pictures show scenes from Northern Luzon, e.g. groups playing gangsa gongs (1:55) or bamboo stampers (2:00) and Ifugao dancing (3:01). After the Manobo song is finished, you can see the performance of a modern Umayamnon Manobo song (3:32), then Kalingas playing gangsa and bamboo stampers, as an accompaniment of a church song (4:09)

Uploaded to YouTube on May 15, 2007
by glennstallsmith

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