SALIDUMAY, Lyrics and Recordings

Salidumay is an indigenous folk song associated with the Igorot and Kalinga natives of the Cordillera Mountains in the northern part of the Philippines. It is traditionally not sung in Tagalog, but in the popular modern interpretation by Filipina singer Grace Nono, the lyrics are translated into Tagalog.



TAGALOG LYRICS

Kalikasan
Kayamanan
Kagandahan
Kabuhayan

Ay, ay salidumay
Salidumay diway

Yamang lupa
Yamang tubig
Yamang puno
Yamang hangin
Yamang tao
Yamang diwa
Yamang malay
Yamang kaluluwa

Ay, ay salidumay
Salidumay diway

Kalinangan
Kasaysayan
Sulong, bayan
Kalayaan...
ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Nature
Wealth
Beauty
Livelihood

Ay, ay salidumay
Salidumay diway

Land riches
Water riches
Tree riches
Wind riches
People riches
Essence riches
Consciousness riches
Soul riches

Ay, ay salidumay
Salidumay diway

Resources
History
Forward, country
Freedom...

Among the Itneg people, salidumay is the response song of young women to the kalkalimusta songs of men during the weaving season. The salidumay are sweet melodies and expressions of gratitude. Serving as indicators of acceptance or rejection, the songs play an important role in the lives of young people of courtship age.