A List Of Philippine Folk Songs

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Riddles, fables, folk dances, and folk songs are some of the activities Filipinos enjoy. All mentioned can be seen performed on school activities and even as a past time for families specially the kids.

Making this hub just reminds me of grade school days on my Filipino subject where the class teachers had tackled folk dances and folk songs. And everyone in the class seems to enjoy the time spent practicing such dances and songs every time there's a school program. In those days for kids it means more fun than lectures, oral recitations, and quizzes.

So what are some Filipino folk songs? Here are some Philippine folk songs that mirrors life in the Philippines. I did read others English translation of these Filipino folk songs and used it as guide, re-read the folk songs, and then I translated the songs in the following English versions that for me, seems more closer and rhymes with the Tagalog version. Well, except for the "Planting Rice Is Never Fun" which already had an English translation available.

This song is one of the most sing Philippine folk song. A young child would start hearing this song once they're on kindergarten and until grade school on Music subject. Along with other Philippine/Filipino folk songs, "Paru-parong Bukid" would be seen played on school stages during programs.

So have fun singing along with the Filipino folk songs Tagalog version and try to sing along on the video using the English translation, it is much fun.


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Paru-parong Bukid (Farm Butterfly)


Farm butterfly, flying and flitting by,

On the middle of the road

Flapping and floating by

Thirty inches of wrap-around skirt

And one inch of sleeve

The colorful skirt

One foot dragging on the ground

And she has a hairnet

Oh!

And also has a comb

Oh!

Decorated underskirt

She's trying to show off

She's facing the altar

Looking at her reflections

Then she would walk teasingly

With her hips swaying

The "Bahay kubo" Filipino folk song describes the typical farm life in the country and all the kinds of vegetables planted around the hut.

Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut)

Bahay-kubo, kahit munti

Nipa hut although it is small

Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari

The vegetables in there are of many kinds

Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani

Jicama and eggplant, winged bean and peanut

Sitaw, bataw, patani

Long beans, hyacinth beans, lima beans

Kundol, patola

Ash gourd , sponge gourd

Upo at kalabasa

Bottle gourd and squash

At saka meron pa

And still there's some more

Labanos at mustasa

Radish and mustard

Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya

Onions , tomatoes, garlic and ginger.

At sa paligid ligid at puno ng linga.

And all around are lots of sesame plants.

A nipa hut (bahay-kubo) with all kinds of vegetables and plants around it.
A nipa hut (bahay-kubo) with all kinds of vegetables and plants around it. | Source

Have you experienced planting rice?

If you have, surely, rice planting is such a hard work. It will give you backache too if you're new to it as you would be in a stoop position for the whole day! That is what this next Filipino folk song is all about, rice planting.

Rice is the Philippines staple food, and it requires a lot of work to successfully plant and harvest the grains. Rice planting season also serves as a source of work for many farmers from making the field ready, into planting, maintaining the field and later on, harvesting.

Here is an English version I had found online of the folk song. Have fun and singing along with it.

Planting Rice Is Never Fun in Filipino

Magtanim Ay Di Biro

Magtanim ay di biro

Maghapong nakayuko

Di naman makatayo, di naman maka upo

Bisig ko'y namamanhid

Baywang ko'y nangangawit

Binto ko'y namimintig

Sa pagkababad sa tubig

Sa umaga pag gising

Lahat ay iisipin

Kung saan may patanim

May masarap na pagkain

Ay pagka sawimpalad

Nang inianak sa hirap

Ang bisig kong di iunat

Di kikita ng pilak.

Planting Rice Is Never Fun

Planting rice is never fun

Bent from morn 'til the set of sun

Cannot stand

Cannot sit

Cannot rest for a little bit.


Oh my arms, they are numb

And my waist was tired and hurt

And my legs are numb and set

From all that soaking in the wet.


When the early sun does break

You will wonder as you wake

In the muddy neighborhood

There is work and pleasant food


It is hard to be so poor

And such sorry pain endure

If two hands wont do some work

I won't earn a single dime.


Planting rice is never fun

Bent from morn 'til the set of sun

Cannot stand

Cannot sit

Cannot rest for a little bit.



And here's the fourth Philippine folk song that kids enjoy singing on school or while playing around. This folk song is about two lovers, Leron which is the guy and Neneng, the girl. The song is about the two picking up fruits (papaya and tamarind) with a box made of bamboo or coconut leaves that is called buslo in Tagalog.

Fruit picking is such an enjoyable activity for sweethearts in the country, in which the guy would climb the tree while the lady is waiting under the tree catching or picking up the fruits..

Leron, Leron My Love

Leron, Leron my love

Young papaya fruit above

Carrying bamboo basket

To keep the fruits in it

Then as he neared the end

The entire branch broke up

What an unlucky day

Better find another one.

Wake up Neneng

We will go climb a tamarind

Carry the bamboo box

And fill it with ripe fruits

At the end of the branch

It started on swaying

Hold on tight Neneng

You might fall off the tree

Leron, Leron my love

Young papaya fruit above

Carrying bamboo basket

To keep the fruits in it

Then as he neared the end

The entire branch broke up

What an unlucky day

Better find another one.

A guy that I would love

Is a courageous man

Who has seven knives

And daggers which is nine

A journey he will take

Distant parts beyond

One plate of noodles that is

The foe he will engage!


Leron Leron Sinta

Leron leron sinta

Buko ng papaya

Dala dala'y buslo

Sisidlan ng bunga

Pagdating sa dulo

Nabali ang sanga

Kapos kapalaran

Humanap ng iba

Gumising ka Neneng,

Tayo'y manampalok

Dalhin mo ang buslo

Sisidlan ng hinog

Pagdating sa dulo

Lalambalambayog

Kumapit ka Neneng,

Baka ka mahulog

Leron leron sinta

Buko ng papaya

Dala dala'y buslo

Sisidlan ng bunga

Pagdating sa dulo

Nabali ang sanga

Kapos kapalaran

Humanap ng iba.

Ang iibigin ko'y

Lalaking matapang

Ang baril nya'y pito

Ang sundang ay siyam

Ang lalakarin nya'y

Parte ng dinulang

Isang pinggang pansit

Ang kanyang kalaban

Leron leron sinta

Buko ng papaya

Dala dala'y buslo

Sisidlan ng bunga

Pagdating sa dulo

Nabali ang sanga

Kapos kapalaran

Humanap ng iba.

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Comments 13 comments

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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

precy anza;

I love this hub for the information it gives about Philippines music, and the charming, joyful nature of the songs, all of which raise a smile, and the links are useful too. Voted up in all categories.

It's a shame the article hasn't received any comments before, but maybe I can help bring a little more traffic. I am writing a review of the 10 best folk music hubs on HubPages and I would like to include this one. I do need to use the 'Philippines Folk Songs' photo capsule text from Music Pinoy Free to help advertise the review. Is that OK? If you want to see the kind of reviews I've been writing, three which have been written about other topic categories can be accessed from:

http://hubpages.com/community/HubPageReviews-Green...

My review will be published within the next week, and I sincerely hope that it introduces a few more people to your hub, and to Filipino music. Alun.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

Thanks Greensleeves Hub! ^-^' I guess not much people want to sing along with the videos?! Lol. That sounds like a great hub you are working on. Sure, you can use that photo capsule text from Music Pinoy Free. :) I'd be looking forward to your folk music hub so I can visit other hubbers work. :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

My pleasure - the review will be complete in the next 24 hours - hope a few more comments come your way!!


Ee 3 years ago

Corrections on the translation of Farm Butterfly

"isang bara ang tapis" - a wrap that's a yard thick.

Isang dangkal ang mangas - (with) sleeves as tall as the span of a hand with the index and little finger stretched.

Ang sayang de cola isang piyesa ang sayad - a skirt with a train, with a part/corner (of the skirt) touching the ground.

May patneta pa sya - she even has a decorative comb/pin.

Naguas de ojetes - a petticoat ebroidered with eyelet holes.


minie kayline 3 years ago

wow this is much understandable than any other site! i could even use this for my homework now.this is the best soooooooooooo coooooooooool!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

Hi Minie, I'm glad this helps :) And thank you for leaving a comment. That made my day, I mean night ^-^'


mjforever 18 months ago

nagmayaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttt


mae 16 months ago

what are the igorots folksongs?


Juanmanuel 16 months ago

Thank you for this understable site.. I hope and i pray that everyone know this site.. Thak you po


star ninja 15 months ago

it so traditional. only by pinoy...

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Doon Po Sa Amin Lyrics

Magtanim Ay Di Biro Lyrics

Tinikling Lyrics

Banahaw Lyrics

Alaala Kita sa Pagtulog Lyrics

Sampaguita Lyrics

O Ilaw Lyrics

Inday, Inday sa Balitaw Lyrics

Sinisinta Kita Lyrics

Santa Clarang Pinong-pino Lyrics

Tilibong Tilibo Lyrics

Kalesa Lyrics

Pandanggo Sa Ilaw Lyrics

Ang Pipit Lyrics

Ay, Ay, O Pag-ibig

Kung Nagsasayaw Kita Lyrics

Lulay Lyrics

Pamaypay ng Maynila Lyrics


isabel b. cuevas 13 months ago

Ako'y Isang Pinoy


Jennifer Baniqued 3 months ago

Do you have Isang butong mangga?


xian hibanada 5 weeks ago

wow! this is so much helpful!

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