Top Five Most Famous Filipino Traditional Folk Songs
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Top Five Most Famous Filipino Traditional Folk Songs

The Filipinos are music lovers. Music is a way for Filipinos to express their feelings and aspirations in life. Even the most common people have their own music. Filipino folks clearly and lucidly express their experiences and dreams through folk songs. Among the most popular traditional folk songs include Bahay Kubo, Paroparong Bukid, Magtanim ay Di Biro and many others.

The Filipinos are music lovers. Music is a way for Filipinos to express their feelings and aspirations in life. Even the most common people have their own music. Filipino folks clearly and lucidly express their experiences and dreams through folk songs. Among the most popular traditional folk songs include Bahay Kubo, Paroparong Bukid, Magtanim ay Di Biro and many others.

Here are the 10 most popular traditional folk songs in the Philippines.

1. Bahay Kubo

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Undoubtedly, the most popular traditional Filipino folk song is Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut). The song tells of a small hut surrounded with variety of vegetables. It was composed by Felipe De leon.

Lyrics

Bahay kubo, kahit munti,

ang halaman duon ay sari-sari.

Singkamas at talong,

Sigarilyas at mani.

Sitaw, bataw, patani.

Kundol, patola, upo't kalabasa.

At saka meron pa,

Labanos, mustasa.

Sibuyas, kamatis,

Bawang at luya.

Sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga.

2. Magtanim ay Di Biro

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Magtanim ay Di Biro (Planting Rice is Not a Joke) is a popular Tagalog folk song. This classic song was composed by Felipe De Leon.

Lyrics:

Magtanim ay di biro

Maghapong nakayuko

Di naman makatayo

Di naman makaupo

Bisig ko'y namamanhid

Baywang ko'y nangangawit.

Binti ko'y namimintig

Sa pagkababad sa tubig.

Kay-pagkasawing-palad

Ng inianak sa hirap,

Ang bisig kung di iunat,

Di kumita ng pilak. Sa umagang pagkagising

Lahat ay iisipin

Kung saan may patanim

May masarap na pagkain.

Halina, halina, mga kaliyag,

Tayo'y magsipag-unat-unat.

Magpanibago tayo ng lakas

Para sa araw ng bukas

(Braso ko'y namamanhid

Baywang ko'y nangangawit.

Binti ko'y namimintig

Sa pagkababad sa tubig.)

3. Paroparong Bukid

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Paroparong Bukid, which means “farm butterfly”, is another popular Tagalog folk song composed by Felipe De Leon.

Lyrics:

Paruparong bukid na lilipad-lipad

Sa gitna ng daan papagapagaspas

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.

4. Leron, Leron Sinta

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This popular classic traditional folk song composed by Alberto Florentino. This folk song is about a man named “Leron” and her sweetheart “Neneng”. The song revolves around the adventures of the two sweethearts as they pick fruits from a Papaya and a Tamarind trees. The first verse is the most famous.

Lyrics:

Leron, Leron, sinta

Buko ng papaya

Dala dala'y buslo

Sisidlan ng bunga

Pagdating sa dulo'y

Nabali ang sanga,

Kapos kapalaran

Humanap ng iba.

Halika na Neneng, tayo’y manampalok

Dalhin mo ang buslo, sisidlan ng hinog

Pagdating sa dulo’y uunda-undayog

Kumapit ka Neneng, baka ka mahulog.

Halika na Neneng at tayo’y magsimba

At iyong isuot ang baro mo’t saya

Ang baro mo’t sayang pagkaganda-ganda

Kay ganda ng kulay — berde, puti, pula.

Ako’y ibigin mo, lalaking matapang

Ang sundang ko’y pito, ang baril ko’y siyam.

Ang lalakarin ko’y parte ng dinulang.

Isang pinggang pansit, ang aking kalaban!

5. Sitsiritsit Alibangbang

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This traditional Filipino folk song is a humorous song that describes a flirtatious woman threatening the storeowner that ants are going to get him if he is not going to extend credit.

Lyrics:

Sitsiritsit, alibangbang Salaginto at salagubang. Ang babae sa lansangan, Kung gumiri’y parang tandang.

Santo Niño sa Pandakan " Puto seko sa tindahan. Kung ayaw mong magpautang, Uubusin ka ng langgam.

Mama, mama, namamangka, Pasakayin yaring bata. Pagdating sa Maynila, Ipagpalit ng manika.

Ale, ale namamayong " Pasukubin yaring sanggol. Pagdating sa Malabon, Ipagpalit ng bagoong.

Sitsiritsit, alibangbang, Salaginto at salagubang. Ang babae sa lansangan,' Kung gumiri’y parang tandang.

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