The Philippines has its own history of musical instruments that dates back to precolonial era. Early Filipinos played different kinds of musical instruments, each for a unique purpose like marriage, courtship, or harvest.

Here is a list of past and present Philippine musical instruments, with photos.

Baritone (Kazzo)

Made of bamboo and rattan from Bulacan Province
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French Horn

Made from bamboo and rattan, from Bulacan Province
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Saxophone (single-reed pipe)

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Bandurria and Laud

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Octavina

From Western Luzon, around early 21st century
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Balingbing

Kalinga people, Northern Luzon, early 21st century
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Paldong and Gangsa

Played in groups of seven with wooden beaters in pattune style or with hands.
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Patangguk

From late 20th century
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Tambi

From late 20th century, played with beaters
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Gandang and Libbit

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Litlit (bowed lute)

Ilongot people, 20th century
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Tongali (nose flute) and Paldong (notched flute)

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Sludoy and Taw-go

Bagobo people, Davao Gulf area, Southern Mindanao
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Dadabuan

From Maranao people, Western Mindanao
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T’nonggong (Double-headed cylindrical drum)

T’boli people, South Cotabato Province
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Agung (knobbed gong)

Maguindanao people, Southwestern Mindanao
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Bangibang (percussion bar)

Ifugao people, Northern Luzon, Philippines. Played to commemorate the violent loss of a member of the community.
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Kulintang

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Tambul

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Which indigenous Filipino musical instruments do you already know?

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