Type: Idiophones > Lamellophones > Idioglots > Jawharps >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.21
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The kubing is an idioglotic Jawharp, [i.e. made of the same material] The kubing is played throughout the Philippines.
Etymology: The distribution of this instrument is quite wide as the name of the instrument is known in many of the languages. In the region of Northern Luzon, the Bontok people call the kubing “alibao or abiteng”, the Dumagat people a sub group of the Aeyta people in the Philippines call it the aribao or uribao ; the Ifugao people call it the “biqqung, bi-ong” and the Isneg people call it “kulibao, or kulibbao” ; the Kalinga people call it the “ulibao, ullibaw or onnat” ; In central Luzon the names for the kubing include – the Aeyta people call it the “kullibaw or kulibao”.
The Mangyan people call it the “kinaban” and furthest south in Mindanao the Bagobo people call it the “kumbing” ; the B’laan people call it the “kubing” ; the Higanon people call it the “kulaing” ; the Mamanua people call it the “subing” the Manobo people call it the “kubing, or suding” ; the manaska people call it the “kubing” ; the Maranaw people call it “kubing” ; the Samal people call it “kulaing” ; vSubanen people call it “kubing” ; The Tagakolo people call it “kulaing” ; the Tausug people call it “Kulaing” ; the T’boli people call it “kumbing” ; the Teduray people also call it “kulaing” and lastly the Yakan people call it “Kulaeng or kulaing”.
Citations: Bibliography: Gongs & bamboo: a panorama of Philippine music instruments by Jose Montserrat Maceda ISBN: Diliman,