The song Ugoy ng Duyan, literally translated as “the swaying of the hammock,” was composed by Lucio San Pedro and the lyrics were by Levi Celerio, both National Artists.
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This is not such a well-known Tagalog Christmas song, but the simplicity of this charming ditty may be suitable for children to learn to sing, compared to the more raucous and complicated carols. Download an MP3 of this song for just 99 cents online.
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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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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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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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