Notes To A Collection

The music and the instruments that you will find in this virtual museum come from my own private collection displayed in a little museum in my house.  The presentation is similar to the way the collection is curated in the museum.

My collection also includes specimens from music cultures outside the Philippines.  By also presenting these samples, I hope to show  how the individual musical threads of particular cultures are interwoven to produce a cultural tapestry of the music cultures of the world.

Both in the physical museum and the virtual museum, I have grouped the collection according to the instruments’ classification as defined by the Hornbostel-Sachs musical instrument classification system.

Far from being a comprehensive survey of the indigenous music cultures of the Philippines, this is my own personal way of sharing what I have with fellow scholars and enthusiasts.  By doing so, I hope to contribute to placing Philippine indigenous music in its rightful place in the map of world music.

New Acquisition: Lao Music Instruments


New Acquisition: Kalinga Instruments

During the International Council in Traditional Music (ICTM) Performing Arts of South-east Asia (PASEA) study group conference , the Madukayan Turayan Kalinga Ensemble from Tabuk, Kalinga performed on the second day.  They brought some musical instruments, accessories, and woven clothes.  Acquired from them were a nose flute (tulali) and some buzzers (balingbing).


New Acquisitions: T’boli Musical Instruments

I stayed four days in Lake Sebu from April 27-30  I spent some time with two musicians, Ma Fil and Joel who both made me some instruments: “sloli,” a type of flute:  “dwegey,” a bowed lute; “sludoy,” a 5-stringed bamboo zither, and a “klutang,” a percussion log.

New Acquisitions: Sarawak Musical Instruments

On my recent trip to Sarawak in April, I went on a day trip to a small Bidayuh longhouse seldom visited by tourists.  There, I was introduced by my guide to a musician who not only played the “slotuang,” a polychordal zither that is played by striking the strings, he also made me one!  Accompanying the “slotuang” is a pair of bamboo stamping tubes.

Other acquisitions are:  some drums and a flute.