Atin Cu Pung Singsing

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Atin Cu Pung Singsing is a traditional Filipino folk song[1] from Central Luzon, Philippines in Kapampangan[2] sung by adults and children. The origin of the song is unknown, and there was a debate whether it was pre-historic[3] or colonial.[4] But its melody is most likely from the 18th century as it was similar to Spanish and Mexican folk songs of the era.[5] The folk song, it presents a woman as its main character and a man as a secondary character. The woman in the song was looking for a missing ring given by her mother and offers her love as a prize for the man who could find it.[6]

In popular culture

The folk song was interpreted by Filipino popular artists such as Lea Salonga in Ryan Cayabyab's Bahaghari album,[7][8] Freddie Aguilar and Nora Aunor.[9] It was also performed by different orchestras and brass bands.[10][11]

In 1985, Filipino film Virgin Forest directed by Peque Gallaga, the folk song was sung by adventurers while sailing in the Pampanga River.[12]

The popular Filipino children song Ako ay May Lobo (literally: "I have a Balloon") is sung in the same melody of the folk song.

References

  1. (2002) Culture and Customs of the Philippines (in en). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313304156. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  2. (1994) CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art: Peoples of the Philippines, Kalinga to Yakan (in en). Cultural Center of the Philippines. ISBN 9789718546369. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  3. (1989) Philippine Literature: Choice Selections from a Historical Perspective (in en). National Book Store. ISBN 9789710843787. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  4. Singsing (in en). Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  5. Singsing (in en). Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  6. Atin Cu Pung Singsing analysis (ro). Retrieved on 21 August 2019.
  7. "Lea Salonga sings traditional Filipino songs", philstar.com. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  8. "Lea Salonga releases album of traditional Pinoy folk songs", ABS-CBN News. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  9. "Swinging the kundiman", philstar.com. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  10. "THREE YOUNG PH MUSICIANS PERFORM CONDUCTING RECITAL WITH ABS-CBN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA", ABS-CBN Careers, ABS-CBN. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  11. (2002) Culture and Customs of the Philippines (in en). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313304156. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  12. (1995) Fields of vision: critical applications in recent Philippine cinema (in en). Ateneo de Manila University Press. ISBN 9789715501743. Retrieved on 21 August 2019.