The prevailing style of music in the Philippines has many elements. It reflects on the influence of centuries of colonial domination of Europeans and Americans. The American influence has promoted the interest in jazz and electronic music, where a large part of the lyrics is written in Tagalog language. Often Filipino musicians use plucked instruments like guitar, which remembers to ukuleles or banjos.
You should follow and listen to the music during fiestas, while a small combo most of three elderly persons come along to your house and give you a caroling, mostly by an ensemble of a contrabass, a banjo and a violin.
The original and native music of nature remained people are mainly found on the northernmost and southernmost islands. Some people think nature is still upright musical traditions that resemble those of Southeast Asia. An important musical instrument, the Gangsas, flat gongs, are played exclusively by men. In ensembles any person beats his own gong. In the sum of this combination it emerges from the crossing sounds a complex and multifaceted sonic backdrop.
Special effects are reached by slowly moving of these gongs. Gangsas are also status symbols: Members of the society will be honored in this way, that they are allowed to introduced the presented gong ensemble.
In the south, where a much larger number of different ethnic groups are located, you can also find other forms of traditional music. These particular gongs are played which remember to the gamelan music in Indonesia. The Muslim minority prefers a kind of songs, which is characterized by a high nasal voice.
Within the Muslim communities the Kulintang (a gong play), the Gabbang (xylophone), the Ganbang (a drum with two beat skins) and the Agung (free-floating gongs) are often combined to ensembles. Here too, the play of the Agung remains in the hands of the men, while the Kulintang also may be beaten by small boys and women.