Bahay Kubo (song)

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Bahay Kubo is a traditional Tagalog Filipino folk song from the lowlands of luzon credited to have been written by 1997 National Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de León,[1][2] that has been passed down through generations.[3] And until now it is being enjoyed by the children.

The song is about a Bahay kubo, a house made of bamboo with a roof of nipa leaves, surrounded by different kind of vegetables,[4] which was usually sang by Filipino school children and as familiar as the Alphabet Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star of the west.[5] It is well known by Filipinos of all ages.

In popular culture


On August 5, 1968, Bahay Kubo, Kahit Munti was produced by Sampaguita Pictures starring Rosemarie Sonora, Blanca Gomez and Ike Lozada and was directed by Jose De Villa.[6][7] The title was based from the lyrics of the folk song. The movie was written by German Moreno[8]


It was interpreted in 1966 by Sylvia La Torre in her album Katuwaan.[9] The folk song was also included in the album Bahaghari of composer Ryan Cayabyab which was sung by Lea Salonga that also includes other Filipino traditional folk songs.[10] It was also performed by the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers during the 116th anniversary of the First Philippine Republic.[11]


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.


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  3. (1965) The Literature of the Pilipinos: A Survey (in en). Limbagang Pilipino. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  4. Philippine Folk Songs, Deeply Ingrained in the Culture are Filipino Folk Songs. Retrieved on 21 August 2019.
  5. (2011) 1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth (in en). Granta Publications. ISBN 9781847084408. Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  6. Pelikula, ATBP.: 1967, 1968 and 1969 Films of Rosemarie Sonora (25 September 2015). Retrieved on 22 August 2019.
  7. (1968) Liwayway (in tl). Liwayway Pub.. Retrieved on 22 August 2019. 
  8. House Resolution No. 2614. Retrieved on 22 August 2019.
  9. "Fil-Am Disney star Anna Maria Perez de Tagle gets a fairy-tale wedding", Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  10. "Lea Salonga sings traditional Filipino songs", Retrieved on 21 August 2019. 
  11. "Fiesta Republica: Blast from the past", Inquirer Lifestyle, 27 February 2015. Retrieved on 21 August 2019.