Gamelan has been a big part of the Filipino culture. Of course it came from Bali and Java, Indonesia, but its influence stretches to the different Asian countries. Here at the University of the Philippines, we have the Kontemporaryong Gamelang Pilipino (KONRAGAPI), a performing organization. Gamelan is also studied in high school along with other forms of Asian music.
The term came from the Javanese word, gamels, meaning ‘to strike or to hammer’. It refers to a set of musical insturments like xylophones, drums, gongs, bamboo flutes, strings, etc. played together. On the back of the card is the caption: The sound of gamelan is forever tempting.
Puji, the sender, thoughtfully used very nice stamps: the komodo dragon, the Makassar Ebony tree and the Maleo bird, and the Sultanieh Dome. 😉