Music of the Philippines include
musical performance arts in the
Philippines or by Filipinos
composed in various genres
The compositions are often a
mixture of different Asian,
Spanish, Latin America,
American and Indigenous
• A series of recordings made on music played onthe
spot. It does not have to be repeated and has to be
performed only once
• Reflects the life of the common, mostly rural
• Example is “ Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” of Lucio San
Pedro that recalls about the loving touch of the
mother to her child. Another great composer known
as patriotic composer is, Antonio Buenaventura
• Gong music can be divided into two:
flat gong -known as gangsa and played by the groups
in the Cordillera region
bossed gong -played by the Islam groups and animist in the
Gong is a percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat
circular metal disc which is hit with a mallet.
• Hispanic influenced in Filipino culture is ubiquitous.
This influence can easily be seen in folk and
traditional music, especially in the Tagalog and
Visayan regions, where Spanish influence was
• Traditional string orchestra comprising two string, mandolin
type instruments such as banduria and laud; a guitar; a
double bass; and often a drum for percussion. The rondala
has its origin in the Iberian tradition, and is use to accompany
several Hispanic- influenced song and forms and dances
Rondalla Group Laud
• Are popular lyrical songs dating back to the Spanish period and
used in courtship rituals. They become more mainstream in the
1920s after the performers such as Atang de la Rama, Joveta
Fuentes, Coching Rosal, Sylvia la Torre and Ruben
Tagalog introduced them to a wider audience.
The harana is rooted in the Mexican-Spanish tradition and based
on the rhythmic patterns of the habanera.
The kundiman has its pre-colonial origins from theTagalophone
parts of the country, uses a triple meter rhythm, and is
characterized by beginning in a minor key and shifting to a
major one in the major half.
• Dance from Leyte. Involves two individual performs
hitting bamboo poles, using to beat, tap, and slide on
the ground in coordination with one or more dancers
who steps over and in between poles.
• It is Philippines national dance. Notable for use of the
fan and handkerchief in amplifying romantic gestures
expressed by the couple performing the traditional
courtship dance. Carinosa means “loving” or
• Originally referred only to Philippine pop songs,
particularly ballads such as popular songs after the
collapsed of its predecessors.
• Some of the famous artists in the 2000s and the
2010s are Aiza Seguerra, Toni Gonzaga, Sarah
Geronimo, Nina, Yeng Constantino and etc.
• Has been showcased in a live band scene
• Among of the artist of this were Sarah Geronimo
• Has become an important part of Philippine music
culture. In the middle of the 20th century performing
choral groups started to emerge and increasingly
become popular as time goes by, not just in churches
but in universities, schools and local communities.
• The Philippine Madrigal Singers( originally the
University of the Philipines Madrigal Singers)
is one of the famous choral groups not only in the
Philippine but also worldwide.
• Originally came from the United States and
introduced it during their occupation to Filipinos
• The medium was Tagalog, time when the Filipino
adapted this music way back 1950s but later on they
began writing in English in 1970 and local languages
and Taglish(Tagalog and English) in early 1970s
• “Ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko” is an example
• Another genre that utilizes traditional instruments and found
objects in personal compositions. A series of albums havebeen
recorded and released by Ambahayan Productions like Kubing
• Hip-Hop music or also known as rap music. Filipino
hip-hop is music performed by musicians of Filipino
descent, both in the Philippines and overseas,
especially by Filipino-Americans. Hip-Hop music
originated from the U.S. Rap music, released in the
Philippines appeared in different languages such as
Tagalog, Chavacano, Cebuano, Ilocano and English.
• Most influential rappers in the country are Francis M,
Gloc-9 and Andrew E.
• A kind of music popularized by local musicians
which is unrehearsed and played in the public.
• Is instrumental music that may tell a story with
explicit episodes, reveal facets of the character, place
or occasion, or imitate the sounds of the world.
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