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The traditional music of the Philippines
written by Ingo Stoevesandt

Speaking about traditional Philippine music, most people actually think of the Kulintang or the rich Gamelan traditions.
Otherwise, influencies of the 300 years of Spanish occupation and the music of the divers ethnicities called Aeta living on
the islands are often neglected, not speaking of the increasing impact of imported Arabian music.
If we try to sum the traditional Philippino music it is questionable again whether facts of Spanish, indigenous or Arabian
influence are partially overseen in order to avoid harming the “Asian” touch of the Philippine islands.

On the other hand everyone that travels the Philippines will mention the difference compared to other Southeast Asian countries.
And this is what makes the Philippines charming for every visitor.

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