Dr Jose Maceda holding a flat gong during a trip in Bontok (Photo from UP Center for Ethnomusicology)

The legacy of National Artist José Monserrat Maceda, composer, scholar, philosopher and humanist, covers a wide breadth of human endeavours, interests and aspirations, with special significance to the musical cultures of the Philippines and Southeast Asia vis a vis the Asian civilization at large, as well as the rest of the world.