Si Pilemon, Song Lyrics and Recording

Si Pilemon is a Cebuano folksong that's popular even with Tagalog speakers who don't know Cebuano. 

 

 

CEBUANO SONG LYRICS


Si Pilemon, si Pilemon namasol sa kadagatan.
Nakakuha, nakakuha og isdang tambasakan.
Gibaligya, gibaligya sa merkadong guba—
Ang halin pulos kura, ang halin pulos kura,
Igo lang ipanuba.

 

 

ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF LYRICS 

Philemon, Philemon went to sea to catch some fish
He was able to get, to get only a small mudskipper.
He sold it, sold it at a dilapidated market
For it he got nothing much, nothing much
Just enough to buy tuba.

 

*tuba is coconut wine

The title of this song has also been spelled as Si Filemon, Si Pilimon, Si Pilemon, Si Filimon, si Philimon...