Manang Biday

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Manang Biday is a traditional Ilocano folksong in Northern Luzon particularly in the province of Ilocos.[1] This song implies the courtship of a young maiden named Manang Biday.[2] Serenading a love interest is a custom of the Filipinos. Until today, it is still practiced by the Ilocano. It is also a courtship dance. It was originally composed by Florante Aguilar[3]

Lyrics

Original Lyrics

Original Ilocano Lyrics[4]

Manang Biday, ilukatmo man
Ta bintana ikalumbabam
Ta kitaem ‘toy kinayawan
Ay, matayakon no dinak kaasian

Siasinnoka nga aglabaslabas
Ditoy hardinko pagay-ayamak
Ammom ngarud a balasangak
Sabong ni lirio, di pay nagukrad

Denggem, ading, ta bilinenka
Ta inkanto ‘diay sadi daya
Agalakanto’t bunga’t mangga
Ken lansones pay, adu a kita

No nababa, dimo gaw-aten
No nangato, dika sukdalen
No naregreg, dika piduten
Ngem labaslabasamto met laeng

Daytoy paniok no maregregko
Ti makapidut isublinanto
Ta nagmarka iti naganko
Nabordaan pay ti sinanpuso

Alaem dayta kutsilio
Ta abriem ‘toy barukongko
Tapno maipapasmo ti guram
Kaniak ken sentimiento
[5]

English translation

Dear Biday, please open
Open your window
So you can see the one who adores you
Oh, I will die if you will not care

Who are you who keeps passing by?
In my garden where I play
You know I'm a lady
My flowers has not bloomed

Listen my dear so I can tell you
Just go south
Get a mango fruit
Even lanzones and other kinds.

If it's low, do not grab it
If it's high, don't reach for it
If it fell, don't pick it
But pass by it

My handkerchief if I drop it
Whoever finds it will return it
My name is written in it
Also embroidered is a heart

Get that knife
To open my chest
To pass your anger
to me and sadness

In popular culture

On July 4, 1954, Filipina actress Gloria Romero played the role of Biday [6] in the movie Dalagang Ilokana with Filipino actor Ric Rodrigo.[7] The movie was produced by Sampaguita Pictures and the folksong Manang Biday was used as a theme song sung by Gloria Romero herself.[8]

Manang Biday was a title of a Filipino Comedy film directed by Tony Cayado and was released by Lea Productions 17 April 1966 starring Amalia Fuentes and Luis Gonzales.[9][10]

References

  1. (2010) Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife [3 volumes] (in en). ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313350672. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  2. (1986) Kina-adman (in en). Xavier University. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  3. (1988) Ilocos Norte, Gem of the Northern Plains (in en). Iloko Research and Information Center, Mariano Marcos State University. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  4. (1952) Folk Songs of the Philippines (in en). Stanford University. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  5. (1972) The Diliman Review (in en). College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines.. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  6. (2017) Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema (in en). Anvil Publishing, Inc.. ISBN 9789712728969. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  7. Dalagang Ilokana. Retrieved on 20 August 2019.
  8. "Gloria loses bag at her own tribute", philstar.com. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 
  9. Manang Biday. Retrieved on 20 August 2019.
  10. (2017) Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema (in en). Anvil Publishing, Inc.. ISBN 9789712728969. Retrieved on 20 August 2019. 

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