Folk Songs of Cordillera Region (Highlands of Luzon)

The Folk Songs of Cordillera Region (Highlands of Luzon) helps us discover the way of life of the Cordillera people through themes about nature, family life, work in the field as well as the spiritual matters. In addition to  songs and chanted poetry, Cordillera music is distinctively made up of two sound characteristics of instruments based on their respective materials - the first,  made of bamboo ( (flutes, percussion instruments), and the second, made of  metal (gongs). 

These traditions are on their way to extinction due to the modernisation of the way of life among the youth of the Cordillera region. Less and less of the young generation   are taught/learning the traditional music of their forefathers. Other threats to their music and most especially, their way of life are the conflict between state policies and their ancestral rights on land ownership, megatourism, militarization, and the shift from manual farming to machine-processed farming. Despite all these, several non-governmental organizations and international organizations like UNESCO ensure the protection not only of the rich culture and tradition of the Cordillera region but also of their people.

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