By the mid-1980s, David Blair Stiffler was already a most-decorated recordist, with eight Folkways LP's under his belt. These are among the most obscure documents in the entire Folkways catalogue. Although the works of Jose Maceda and Nicole Revel heavily documented much of the Philippines' countryside inhabitants with a thorough and sober effort protracted over the decades, Stiffler brought his own panache into the equation, capturing gorgeous and revelatory moments from some of the archipelago's least visited regions. Even without the harrowing tale of himself and his crew being taken hostage, contained within is a rare aural experience. These masters, originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when Stiffler returned home and heard the news of Folkways' founder Moses Asch's death.