Dabakan | National Museum of the Philippines (@natmuseumph)

Dabakan is a conical drum among the Maguindanaon and the Maranao. The Dabakan is a single headed goblet shaped drum with animal hide stretched on the top.

Its skin may come from a goat , lizard, or snake. It is struck with two thin bamboo sticks that produce high pitch sounds.

Used by the Maranao and Maguindanao in their kulintang ensembles, the Dabakan accompanies the kulintangan ensemble with its rhythmic patterns.

During a performance, the position of the Dabakan is to the right of the kulintang player, near the end of its frame. Traditionally, it is considered as a masculine instrument by the Maranao but a feminine instrument by the Maguindanao.

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