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A tongatong is a percussion instrument made of various lengths of bamboo, which is found in the Kalinga province of the Philippines.[1] It is played by hitting it against the earth.[1] Traditionally, tongatongs are used by the people of Kalinga to communicate with spirits,[1] particularly as part of healing rituals.[2] In modern times, they are also played recreationally as part of an ensemble.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Gamalinda, Natasha B. "Tongatong". The Varsitarian: The Official Student Publication of the University of Santo Tomas. 
  2. ^ a b Maceda, José (1998). Gongs & Bamboo: A Panorama of Philippine Music Instruments. University of the Philippines Press.