Si Pilemon (Folksong in Cebuano)

Si Pilemon is a Cebuano folksong that’s popular even with Tagalog speakers who don’t know Cebuano.

The title of this song has also been spelled as Si Filemon, Si Pilimon, Si Pilemon, Si Filimon, si Philimon…

CEBUANO SONG LYRICS

Si Pilemon, si Pilemon namasol sa kadagatan.
Nakakuha, nakakuha og isdang tambasakan.
Gibaligya, gibaligya sa merkadong guba—
Ang halin pulos kura, ang halin pulos kura,
Igo lang ipanuba.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF LYRICS

Philemon, Philemon went to sea to catch some fish
He was able to get, to get only a small mudskipper.
He sold it, sold it at a dilapidated market
For it he got nothing much, nothing much
Just enough to buy tuba.

*tuba is coconut wine