Cariñosa (Song)

Cariñosa

Kung pag-uusapa’y pag-ibig
Ang aking sadyang hahanapin
Ay isang lalaking makisig
Na may pusong ‘di magtataksil

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Tinikling Song

Widely known as the name of the Philippine bamboo dance, Tinikling is also the title of a song that compares the dance to love. It’s fun but dancing takes skill and those who aren’t careful will get caught between the bamboo poles!

Like many Filipino folk songs, there are variations to the words.

Here are three versions of Tagalog lyrics.

LYRICS TO TINIKLING SONG

ONE VERSION OF TINIKLING

Tayo’y magsayaw, irog ko, ng tinikling
Tulad ng sayaw ng lolo’t lola natin
Ang mga hakbang kung di pagbubutihin
Dalawang kawayan tayo’y iipitin

Kung magsasayaw ka giliw ng tinikling
Kumpas ng kawayan kahit mapatulin
Ang mga binti mo’y kay hirap hulihin
‘Sing ilap din ng puso mo sa paggiliw

At sa tinikling na tigib ng panganib
Ang hindi maingat iya’y maiipit
Pusong maharot ganyan din sa pag-ibig
Ang nakakamit paghakbang ay ligalig

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Filipino Folk Songs

Examples of popular Filipino folk songs in Tagalog:
Bahay Kubo, Sitsiritsit Alibangbang, Leron Leron Sinta, Paruparong Bukid, Magtanim ay Di Biro, Lulay, Aking Bituin

 awit
song

kanta
(Spanish-derived word)
song

awiting bayan
folk song

kantahing bayan
folk song

awiting Pilipino
Filipino song

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Song: Mamang Sorbetero

Mamang Sorbetero (translation: Mister Ice-Cream Man) is a popular Tagalog song in the Philippines. The Filipina singer heard here is Celeste Legazpi.

Click here for the Tagalog lyrics!

Hahabul-Habol (O, Ang Babae)

Hahabul-Habol by Freddie Aguilar is one of the funniest pop songs about Filipino women — it’s about how you can’t really tell what they want.

You visit them too often, they get bored. You don’t visit them enough, they get pissed off… If you don’t woo them, they grumble… They play coy and hard to get… but when you leave them, they’ll come running after you.

Women will drive you crazy, this song says. 

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National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

Lupang Hinirang has been sung as the Philippine National Anthem since 1956 when Ramon Magsaysay was president of the country. It was translated into Tagalog from the original Spanish by Julian Cruz Balmaceda Ildefonso Santos and Francisco Caballo.

Bayang magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso,
Sa dibdib mo’y buhay.

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Philippine Geography (Song)

Philippine Geography is a delightful song by the hilarious Filipino singer Yoyoy Villame. It serves as a useful mnemonic for the many important cities, provinces and regions of the Philippines!

 SONG  LYRICS

Philippines has a great history, according to our geography
Manila is the capital city, docking point from the other country
Metro Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, Makati, Marikina, Pasig,
Zapote, Malabon, Las Piñas, Parañaque

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