Pen Pen De Sarapen, Kids' Song

 

Looking for a children's folk song in Tagalog?


Penpen de Sarapen is a popular children’s rhyming chant in the Philippines. Click the play button to listen to the recording of this song:



TAGALOG SONG LYRICS
 
 Pen pen de sarapen,
de kutsilyo de almasen
Haw, haw de carabao batutin

Sipit namimilipit ginto't pilak
Namumulaklak sa tabi ng dagat.

Sayang pula tatlong pera
Sayang puti tatlong salapi
 
 
 
The verses don't make much sense but the words are fun to say. Filipino children use it to select the person who's going to be the "it" in a game. It's the Tagalog version of the English counting rhyme "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe."

 kutsilyo
knife
 
almasen
warehouse
batutin
stinky
 
ginto't pilak
gold and silver
 

*Pen Pen is sometimes spelled as one word: Penpen.