Ang Kaibigang Tunay (Poem)

This short poem was written by Filipino poet Al Q. Perez. It is included in his poetry collection bahay-kubo: Mga Tulang Pambata, published by the Philippine Normal College Press in 1967.

Tulang Pambata is Tagalog for “Children’s Poem.” Ang Kaibigang Tunay means “The True Friend.”

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PAMBATA

root word: bata (child)

pambata
for children

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Preschool Children

Tayô. Tumayo tayô.
Stand. Let’s stand.

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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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Ang Aso at ang Uwak

Ito ay isang halimbawa ng pabula. This is an example of a fable.

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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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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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Pen Pen De Sarapen

Penpen de Sarapen is a popular children’s rhyming chant in the Philippines.

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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

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