Dipolog city, which will host the opening of the festival, is the home of the indigenous group called Subanons which garners a long history of musical tradition using the gongs. Dipolog city will also be celebrating its centennial celebration in 2013.
Aside from the Filipino musicians, countries with inclination of using the gongs as musical instruments are also expected to participate. Countries with this tradition include China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South korea, Vietnam, Israel, Italy and France, among others.
The NCCA initiated the gongs and music festival in 2012 and is now implemented by the Musicological Society of the Philippines. Tunog-tugan comes from two Filipino words – tunog, which means sound, and tugtugan, which means act of creating sound or music. The organizers decided to combine the two words and form Tunog-tugan to suggest the sound and resonance of gongs and bamboo music in the world.
This project by the NCCA is a evidence of the continuing efforts of the Philippines with other countries to promote and preserve the tradition of music-making using the gongs and bamboos. This will be a venue of educating the people of the importance of these instruments.
The NAM was initiated in 1991 when Presidential Proclamation 683 was signed declaring February as National Arts Month. the The NCCA, the country’s prime agency for the arts and culture, has been spearheading the celebration, initially with activities centering around the National Capital Region until they spread out to the regions. Currently, activities of the NCCA during NAM are held in different parts of the Philippines.
The different NAM activities of the NCCA were consolidated and given a certain format in 2007, coming up with the PAF. Now, the PAF is mainly comprised of the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts--architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.