The Greatest Classical Songs of Major Filipino Ethnic Groups
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The Greatest Classical Songs of Major Filipino Ethnic Groups

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands. There are more than one hundred dialects spoken in the country. Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Waray, Bicolanos, Ibanags and many others are among the largest ethnic groups in the Philippines. Each ethnic group has their own distinct and unique music. Here are the most popular songs of the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Cebuanos, Kapampangan, Pangasinenses and Bicolanos.

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands. There are more than one hundred dialects spoken in the country. Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Waray, Bicolanos, Ibanags and many others are among the largest ethnic groups in the Philippines. Each ethnic group has their own distinct and unique music. Here are the most popular songs of the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Cebuanos, Kapampangan, Pangasinenses and Bicolanos.

 

Pamulinawen – The Most Popular Ilocano Song – Ilocandia

 

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Pamulinawen is the most popular Ilocano song in the Philippines. It tells the love story of a beautiful Ilocano woman named “Pamulinawen”. A festival known as “Pamulinawen Festival” is held annually in the City of Laoag every 10th of February to honors St. William the Hermit, the patron saint of the city. Laoag City is the capital of Ilocos Norte province.

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Pamulinawen

Pamulinawen

Pusok indengam man

Toy umas-asug

Agrayo ta sadiam.

Panunotem man

Dika pagintultulngan

Toy agayat, agrayo ta sadyam

Itdem ta diak kalipatan

Ta nasudi unay a nagan,

Uray sadin' ti ayan,

Lugar sadino man,

Aw-awagak a di agsarday

Ta naganmo a kasam-itan

No malagipka, pusok ti mabang-aran!

Matud Nila – The Most Popular Cebuano Song – Visayas Region

Matud Nila is the most popular Cebuano song written by Wenceslao Zubiri. His nickname is Ben and is also known as Iyo Karpo. Ben wrote both the lyrics and music of Matud Nila which literally means "They Say". Its Tagalog version is entitled “Ikaw Na Lamang”.

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Matud Nila

Matud nila ako dili angay

Nga magmanggad sa imong gugma,

Matud nila ikaw dili malipay,

Kai wa akoy bahanding nga kanimo igasa.

Gugmang putli mao day pasalig

Maoy bahanding labaw sa bulawan

Matud nila kaanugan lamang

Sa imong gugma ug parayeg.

Dili maluba kining pagbati

Bisan sa unsa nga katarungan

Kay unsa pay bili ning kinabuhi

Kon sa gugma mo hinikawan

Ingna ko nga dili ka motuo

Sa mga pagtamay kong naangkon

Ingna no nga dili mo kawangon

Damgo ko'g pasalig sa gugma mo.

Tagalog version:(IKAW NA LAMANG)

Kalungkutan sa unang pagibig

Ang sinapit ng pusong sabik

Ako raw ay walang maiaalay

Kahit kaunting ligaya

Pagkat salat sa yaman

Nasugatan ang aking damdamin

Nanghihinayang ako sa 'yo giliw

Kung sakaling sawi man ang puso

Subalit tunay ang pagsuyo

Kayamanan ko hanggang pumanaw

Ang pagibig mong tanglaw sa buhay

Binabanggit kita sa panalangin

Lumigaya ka pagpalain

Ay aking mahal ikaw na lamang

Ang ligaya ko sa kalungkutan

T'wing sasapit ang gabing tahimik

Di kita malimot sa pagibig

Sarung Banggi – The Most Popular Bicilano Song – Bicolandia

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Bicol is popular for its Mayon Volcano and spicy foods. The most popular song from the Bicolandia is Sarung Banggi. It was written by Potenciano B Gregorio Sr. of Santo. Domingo, Albay.

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Sarung Banggi

Sarung Banggi

Sa higdaan

Nakadangog ako

Hinuni nin sarung gamgam

Sa luba ko katurugan

Bako kundi simong tingog

Iyo palan

Dagos ako bangon

Si sakuyang mata

Iminuklat

Kadtung kadikluman

Ako ay nagalagkalag

Kasu ihiling ko si

Sakuyang mata

Sa itaas

Simong lawog

Nahiling ko maliwanag.

Kadtung kadikloman

Kan mahiling taka

Mamundo kong puso

Tolos na nag-ogma

Minsan di nahaloy

Idtong napagmasdan

Sagkod nuarin pa man

Dai ko malilingawan.

Tagalog Version

Isang gabing maliwanag

Ako'y naghihintay sa aking magandang dilag;

Namamanglaw ang puso ko

At ang diwa ko'y lagi nang nangangarap.

Malasin mo giliw

ang saksi ng aking pagmamahal

bit'wing nagniningning, kislap ng tala't

liwanag ng buwan

Ang siyang nagsasabi na ang pag-ibig

ko'y sadyang tunay

Araw, gabi ang panaginip ko'y ikaw.

Magbuhat ng ikaw ay aking ibigin,

Ako ay natutong gumawa ng awit;

Pati ng puso kong dati'y matahimik,

Ngayo'y dumadalas ang tibok ng aking dibdib.

Atin Ku Pung Singsing – The Most Popular Kapampangan Song – Central Luzon

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I Once Had A Ring is the English of this popular Kapampangan song. It is undeniably the most popular song of the Kapampangan people.

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Atin Ku Pung Singsing

Atin ku pung singsing (I once had a ring)

Metung yang timpukan (It was a family heirloom)

Amana ke iti (I inherited this)

King indung ibatan (From my own mother)

Sangkan keng sininup (I pretended to hide it)

King metung a kaban (Inside a chest)

Mewala ya iti, (It just disappeared)

E ku kamalayan. (Without my knowing)

Ing sukal ning lub ku (The pain inside me)

Susukdul king banwa (Reaches up to the sky)

Pikurus kung gamat (My crossed arms)

Babo ning lamesa (Are on top of the table)

Ninu mang manakit (Whoever finds)

King singsing kung mana (My heirloom ring)

Kalulung pusu ku (My poor heart)

Manginu ya keya. (Will worship him)

Malinak Lay Labi – The Most Popular Pangasinense Song – Pangasinan

Without a doubt, the most popular Panggalatok/Pangasinense song is Malinak Lay Labi.

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Malinak Lay Labi

Malinak la'y labi Oras la'y mareen

Mapalpalna'y dagem Katekep to'y linaew

Samit da'y kugip kon Binangonan kon tampol

Lapu'd say limgas mo Sikan sika'y amamayoen.

Lalo la bilay No sika la'y nanengneng

Napunas lan amin So ermen ya agbibiten

No nanunotan ko la'y samit da'y ugalim

Ag ta ka nalingoanan Angga'd kauyos na bilay...

Malinac lay labi oras lay mareen (Peaceful night, quiet hours)

Mapalpal nay dagem catecep toy linaew (Gentle is the wind mixed with dew)

Samit day cogip co binangonan con tampol (Sweet was my dream, and once I awoke)

Lapud say linggas o sican sica'y amamaywen (My heart insisted that I caress you)

Lalo la bilay no sicala'y manengneng (Especially of you, sweetheart, I behold)

Napunas lan amin so ermenya acbibiten (That all the sorrows I heard are gone)

No nanunutan colay samit day ugalim (If I remember the sweetness of your actions)

Agtaca na lingwanan (I will not forget you)

Anggad cauyos la bilay (Until life ends)

Aking Bituin/O Ilaw – One of the Most Popular Tagalog Serenade Songs - Tagalog Region

 

The title of this Tagalog folk song is "Aking Bituin" which literally means "My Star". Today, it is more popularly known as “O Ilaw” which is taken from the first line.

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O Ilaw

O, ilaw, sa gabing malamig

Wangis mo'y bituin sa langit.

O, tanglaw, sa gabing tahimik

Larawan mo, Neneng,

nagbigay pasakit. Ay!

Gising at magbangon

sa pagkagupiling

Sa pagkakatulog

na lubhang mahimbing.

Buksan ang bintana

at ako'y dungawin

Nang mapagtanto mo

ang tunay kong pagdaing.

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