Filipino Music: A Glimpse

You're more likely to hear an Eagles song or some other pop classic played by a Filipino hotel or bar band than you are to hear some genuine Filipino music. That's because the Philippines were colonized for 4 hundred years, by the Spanish, then the Americans. How could they really develop an indigenous music? This week we get a glimpse of the roots and branches of Philippine music, from the big pop starts to field recordings of the hill tribes of the Palawan highlands.

Read more on Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet Blog.


    1. Charmaine Clamor / Ako Ay Pilipino (I Am Filipino) / Single
    2. Charmaine Clamor / Oh Star / My Harana / Free Ham Records
    3. Bayang / Nasaan Na Tayo Ngayon / Makulay / Universal
    4. World Kulintang Institute / Duyug 1 / 3rd Century Gong: Ensemble Music from the Southern Philippines / WKI Records
    5. Kuh Ledesma / Lover’s Journey / Precious / KZK
    6. Various Indigenous / Kulilal At Pakpak At Manuk / Philippines: Palawan Highlands Music / Musee De L’Homme
    7. Various Indigenous  / Lute, Child Yhears For Its Dead Mother / Utom: Summoning The Spirit / Ryko World
    8. Women Artist of Lake Sebu / Chant Lingon / An Altamira Project / Buda
    9. Chin-Chin Gutierrez / Uyayi Ni Nena (Tulog Na Mahal Ko) / Uyayi: A Collection of Philippine Lullabies / Ncca
    10. Chin-Chin Gutierrez / Mendang Na Kon Mendang / Uyayi: A Collection of Philippine Lullabies / Ncca





    Tom Schnabel