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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Leron Leron Sinta

Leron Leron Sinta is one of the most popular Tagalog folk songs in the Philippines. Every Filipino child knows how to sing it!

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Sitsiritsit, Alibangbang

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‘Happy Birthday’ as ‘Hapi Bertdey’

Though the recording embedded here is a bit staid, this is usually a very funny and RAUCOUS “Happy Birthday” song that Filipinos sing… Being informal, this song has many lyric variations.

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Manang Biday (Ilocano Song)

Manang Biday is a famous Ilocano song.

Please note that Ilocano is a language that’s distinct from Tagalog. The song title refers to an “older sister” whose name is Biday.

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Magtanim ay Di Biro

“Planting is no joke” is a well-known Tagalog folk song in the Philippines!

As with most folk songs, there are many variations to the lyrics of Magtanim Ay Di Biro. 🙂


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May Tatlong Bibe

Kantang Pambata…

May tatlong bibe akong nakita
Mataba, mapayat… mga bibe
Ngunit ang may pakpak sa likod ay iisa
Siya ang lider na nagsabi ng kwak kwak!
Kwak kwak kwak!
Siya ang lider na nagsabi ng kwak kwak!
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Filipino Song: Luha (Tears)

LUHA (Tears) by Filipino band Aegis – Juliet and Mercy Sunot (vocals), Stella Galindo (keyboard), Rey Abenoja (guitar), Rowena Pinpin (bass) and Vilma Goloviogo (drums)

Click here for the Tagalog lyrics & English translation!