Saranggola ni Pepe (Kite Song!)

Saranggola ni Pepe (translation: Jose’s Kite) is a popular Tagalog folk song in the Philippines. The Filipina singer heard here is Celeste Legazpi.


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PAMBATA

root word: bata (child)

pambata
for children

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Top 10 Books of Filipino Stories for Children

Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella is the story of a girl who prays to the Spirit of the Forest for guidance to endure her unkind stepmother. This book is in English.

Philippine Story in English
Abadeha: Philippine Cinderella

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Bahay Kubo (Folk Song)

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Conversation Questions For Kids!

Anong ginagawa mo?
What are you doing?

Anong ginawa mo?
What did you do?

May binisita ka ba? 
Did you visit anyone?

May bumisita ba sa bahay ninyo?
Did someone visit your home?

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Abakada Song by Florante

The folk singer Florante made famous an Abakada song that has served as a useful mnemonic for Filipino children and students learning the Tagalog alphabet. Here are the lyrics and a recording.

A-Ba-Ka-Da, E-Ga-Ha-I-La, Ma-Na-Nga-O-Pa, Ra-Sa-Ta-U-Wa-Ya
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Talk to Filipino Children

The Tagalog words for ‘child’ are bata and anak.

The general Filipino word for ‘child’ (someone who is young) is bata, but in reference to someone’s child, the word anak is used.

Ang talino ng bata.
The child is smart.

Matalino ang anak ni Ana.
Ana’s child is smart.

Mahal ko ang anak ko.
I love my child.

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Ako’y Nagtanim Ng Kapirasong Luya

There are quite a few variations to the lyrics of this song.

Ako’y nagtanim ng kapirasong luya,
I planted a piece of ginger.

Tumubo ay saging, namunga ng mangga.
It grew as a banana, fruited a mango.

Nang aking pitasin, hinog na papaya.

When I picked it, a ripe papaya.

Bumagsak sa lupa, magandang dalaga.
Fell on the ground, a beautiful lass.

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