Versace on the Floor (Tagalog)

This is one Tagalog version of Bruno Mars’s English song Versace on the Floor.

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Lubi-Lubi (Waray Song)

Lubi-Lubi is a Waray folk song. Athough Waray is a language spoken only in the Visayas region, this song is taught in elementary schools elsewhere in the Philippines because the last lines serve as a useful mnemonic for the months of the year.

Enero, Pebrero… (January, February…)

Click here for the song lyrics in text.

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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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.

Click the play button to listen to the recording of this song.


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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Uyayi, the Philippine lullaby

Sometimes spelled oyayi.

Another Tagalog word for ‘lullaby’ is hele.

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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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Pamulinawen (Ilocano Song)

Pamulinawen is a folk song in Ilocano, a language distinct from Tagalog.

Pamulinawen is the name of a woman to whom the man is singing.

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