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February 08, 2013


Many of the gong and bamboo instruments bear similarities with those found in the Philippines, but the instrumental groupings, the musics and the performance practice vary from culture to culture depending on the historical circumstances surrounding each and every ethnolinguistic group.

This February, the Filipino audience will witness an exciting exchange of musical performances by Gongs and Bamboo Music ensembles from different Asian countries when they gather for Tunogtugan, the First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival in Dipolog City from February 16 to 22 and Maasin, Iloilo from February 22 to 26, 2013.

Tunogtugan 2013 poster

Forming a major part of Tunogtugan are the concerts that will provide the experience of a wide range, tone, color, texture and distinctive musicality of all the participating performing groups in the Festival.  The challenge of this component is programming the concert of all the groups of varied musical performance disciplines. Within seven days, 7 formal concerts are scheduled in addition to performances during the opening and closing ceremonies.

The international undertaking will involve more than 250 artists from the Philippines, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and South Korea

Participants from the Philippines include Bagobo Clata of Davao City, The Cordillera Music Tutorial and Research Center of Baguio City, Dipolog City Bamboo Marimba Ensemble of Dipolog City, Ifugao Performing Arts Group, Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center, Tausug  of Jolo, Sulu, Maguindanao Kulintang Ensemble of Cotabato City, Panay Bukidnon of Iloilo, Roxas Ahadas Yakan Music Cultural Group of Basilan, Subanen of Lapuyan of Zamboanga del Sur, Subanen of Siayan and Subanen of Sindangan of Zamboanga del Norte, and Teduray Agong Ensemble of Maguindanao.

Participants from other parts of Asia include Central Conservatory of Music Konghou and Bamboo Music Ensemble of Beijing, China, The Vayali Folklore Group  of Kerala, India, Ensamble Modero Palu of Sulawesi, Indonesia, Persatuan Seni Budaya Sabah of Sabah, Malaysia, Noreum Machi of South Korea, Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra, Prasarnmit Performing Arts Alliance , Bangkok, Thailand, Khac Chi Bamboo Music of Vietnam and Canada.

Gongs and bamboo music are still very much in practice today, but their significance has not been fully appreciated and explored. Tunogtugan was conceptualized to fully realize the importance of the gongs and bamboo tradition in contemporary life.

The festival will also stage performances in Metro Manila February 27- 28, 2013.

Tunogtugan is a project of The National Commission for Culture and the Arts- National Music Committee (NCCA-NMC) through the Musicological Society of the Philippines (MSP) in partnership with the Dipolog City Government in cooperation with Municipality of Maasin-Iloilo and the UP Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE). For inquiries call Telefax: (02) 926 0028 or  Email: