Patatag | NCCA Official via Flickr (Cinematic Studios)

Patatag derived its name from “pateteg“, an Ilocano term for one of the indigenous musical instruments in the Philippines, the bamboo xylophone.

Patatag is also known as patteteg among the Kalinga people.

The group of bamboo blades is meant to sound like a xylophone and is played by striking the blades with bamboo sticks.

It has six blades in graduated sizes, played separately by six players. Ringing and dampened tones are very important in the interlock method to create the resultant melody.

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