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

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song

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song

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folk song

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folk song

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Filipino song

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Bahay Kubo (Folk Song)

You didn’t have a Filipino childhood if you can’t sing the Bahay Kubo song! ^_^

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Paruparong Bukid (Folk Song)

Paruparong Bukid (Field Butterfly)

 TAGALOG SONG LYRICS

Paruparong bukid na lilipad-lipad
Sa gitna ng daan papaga-pagaspas
Isang bara ang tapis
Isang dangkal ang manggas
Ang sayang de kola
Isang piyesa ang sayad

May payneta pa siya — uy!
May suklay pa man din — uy!
Nagwas de-ohetes ang palalabasin
Haharap sa altar at mananalamin
At saka lalakad nang pakendeng-kendeng.

 
This song compares a dolled-up woman to a field butterfly flying down the road.

Sitsiritsit, Alibangbang

Chitchiritchit

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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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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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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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Bakya Mo, Neneng

Click here to listen with written lyrics and glossary!