Posts Tagged ‘Filipino songs’

Bukas na lang kita mamahalin, by Lani Misalucha

August 11, 2016

My brother loves this song. We have this thing in our house where my brother would discover a song, like the song and end up replaying a song 100 times in a day (kinda like the time we watched A Walk to Remember 20 times in a month). Anyway I distinctly remember a summer weekend where this song played nonstop and I’d end up humming it nonstop even when I commuted to school (LSS much). Anyway, enjoy!

Oh and apparently this was a theme song for a 2013 teleserye of the same name starring Gerald Anderson and my ultimate Pinoy girl-crush Dawn Zulueta (RICHARDxDAWNOTP4LYF!!). Haha gosh! I’m so out of loop with modern pop culture.

Kay hirap palang umibig sa di tamang panahon
Kung bakit ngayon ko lang natagpuan ang isang katulad mo
Sana noon pa kita nakilala
Sana noon pa lang na ang puso ay malaya pang magmahal

I realize that it’s hard to love at the wrong time
Why did I just discover someone like you?
I wish I met you before
I wish it was before when the heart was still free to love

Bukas nalang kita mamahalin
Sabay sa paglaya ng ating mga puso
Bukas na lang kita mamahalin

I will just love you tomorrow
At the same time when our hearts have been freed
I will just love you tomorrow



Bato sa Buhangin, by Cinderella

August 9, 2016

I apologize for the inconsistent format of translations. I find that for some songs, it’s easier to convey the full meaning line by line, and for some easier to translate the lines as a complete sentence.

Trivia: This next Karaoke favorite was composed by National Artist for Music Ernani Cuenco–the same genius behind the timeless kundiman “Gaano kita Kamahal, and other gems like “Inang bayan,” and “Kalesa.” AMAAAAAZING! Anyway I love this song. It’s sooo painfully beautifully sad. Enjoy!

Kapag ang puso’y natutong magmahal //When a heart has learned to love
Bawat tibok ay may kulay at buhay //Every pulse has color and life
Ngunit kung ang pagsuyo’y lilipas din // But if affection will eventually fade
Bagay kaya ang bato sa buhangin?//Does a rock fit amongst sand?


Tuloy Pa Rin, by Neocolours

August 9, 2016

This lovely 90s song from Neocolours is experiencing a resurgence (1 M spotify views) after a recent McDonalds commercial featured an updated cover. For my part, I have always loved this song and particularly enjoy the original 90s radio hit. Enjoy!


Sa wari ko’y
Lumipas na ang kadiliman ng araw
Dahan-dahan pang gumigising
At ngayo’y babawi na

It seems that the darkness of the day has passed
I’m slowly waking up and now recovering


Pangako, by Side A

August 9, 2016

I noticed that it’s been six years since I last updated this site. A lot has happened in the interim, but I’m back. Why? I’ve been browsing a couple of videos on youtube lately… and just a while ago I noticed a user translating this song. My song. One of my favorite songs since elementary. The song I’ve memorized even before I understood words and even before it became meaningful for me. And I realized! Hey! I used to have this relatively popular song translation site. And, all modesty aside, I think I can do better (Hah!)

One thing I struggled though with translating Filipino songs is that our songs have such beautiful melodies but relatively simpler phrasings (as opposed to French or even Japanese songs which are quite dense with verbal imagery). It doesn’t mean that I think OUR songs are inferior. I just have this feeling, that the words in Filipino songs are meant to convey a lifetime of meaning in between the lines. Or maybe our words are just sooo freaking looong. (pangako – promise 3 syllables  vis-a-vis just 2 for English). Well enough talk, here’s my comeback entry! Enjoy.



Ngayon, tulad ng kahapon // Today, just like yesterday
Unti-unting lumilipas ang panahon //Time slowly slips away
Bakit, tanong sa aking isip // Why, I asked myself
Hanggang kailan ang pagtitiis? // How long must I endure?


Umaasa lang sayo, by Six Part Invention [request by fritz]

February 4, 2010

Umaasa lang sayo

by Six Part Invention


Di ko alam //I don’t know
Ang nararamdaman //what I felt
Ng mawala ka// when you disappeared
At ako’y nag-iisa //and I was left alone
Hanggang ngayon //Even  now
Di ka nawawala// You’ve never been gone
Dito sa isip ko// Here in my mind
Ika’y mahalaga //You are precious


Mula Noon, Hanggang Ngayon by Lea Salonga [request by nicole]

February 4, 2010

Probably one of the most influential Filipino artists of all time, Lea Salonga proves to be a multi-talented musical genius with a voice worshiped by many fans (including me :)). This song, Mula noon hanggang ngayon was probably produced at the beginnings of her career and thus Lea’s voice in this track is such a joy to hear, so sweet, young and still kinda innocent. Luckily (Illegal downloads aside), this record can still be found in the album Lea Salonga: The Ultimate OPM Collection (2007) so we can hear it to our hearts content. Let’s support her guys!


Mula Noon, Hanggang Ngayon (From then, until now)

by Lea Salonga


Bakit kaya, ‘pag nakikita ka? // I wonder why, whenever I see you
Araw ko’y gumaganda at laging masaya // My day becomes lovelier and filled with joy
Ganyan ang damdamin ko nadarama mula noon //That is what I have felt then
Hindi nagbabago hanggang ngayon //It has never changed up to now


KAILAN by Smokey Mountain, MYMP

May 31, 2008

From my limited knowlege, this song is originally from that 80’s group Smokey Mountain,

According to Wikipedia (my trusted source hehe)

Smokey Mountain was a Filipino singing group formed by musical director, composer, and conductor Ryan Cayabyab. The original group was based in Manila, Philippines, and had James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, and Tony Lambino as its members. The group’s first hit, Kailan (When), was number one on national airwaves for eight straight weeks and the album hit gold, platinum, and double-platinum status within months of its release.”

This song was recently revived by group MYMP. The general sweetness of the song made it a hit back then, and just as now. Sing it in every corner, and I’m sure somehow, somewhere someone would join you in duet, that’s how infectious it is. Trust me. I do it.

Aside from the catchy melody, the song is mostly about unrequited love. It’s about a girl who likes a guy she still doesn’t know the name of. It’s a song about introductions, and mostly young love. It brings to mind, highschool crushes and those innocent times when you put the picture of your love in your notebooks, bump into him in school hallways, and just wonder when when when will I finally meet him, or in Filipino, “Kailan?”


Bawat araw sinusundan //Every day I follow you
Di ka naman tumitingin //But you never look back
Anong aking dapat gawin? //What do I have to do?
Bakit kaya umiiwas? //Why do you avoid me?
Binti ko ba’y mayroong gasgas? //Does my leg have a scratch?
Nais ko lang magpakilala //I only want to introduce myself


The Company, Muntik na Kitang Minahal

May 31, 2008

I decided I should start with my personal favourite from that brilliant group hailing from me alma mater (nope not Eraserheads.) Haunting the OPM music scene for more than 20 years, they’ve grown old but their songs have proved to be nothing but timeless. This bittersweet piece has been covered by many artists (Erik Santos, Aiza Seguerra, Carol Banawa), and the company itself even produced two versions. However the appeal lies in the simple lyrics and soothing melody.

My friend once told me that this song aptly describes one of the tragedies of budding relationships, and proves (this friend is a man) how silly some girls could be. Here’s a link to the song


Muntik na Kitang Minahal

Music and Lyrics by: The Company

May sikreto ako
Sasabihin sa’yo
Mayroong nangyaring hindi mo alam
Ito’y isang lihim itinagong kay tagal
Muntik na kitang minahal

I have a secret I wish to tell
Something happened that you never found out
It’s a secret I’ve hidden for a very long time…
I almost loved you ***


Hello ^_^

May 31, 2008

Hola! I type this post from my desk in a certain village, in a certain city, in a certain region in the country called The Republic of Philippines.

And there are two facts about this country.


I’ve always read in books and travel papers and such, that we’re known for being musically inclined. And we are actually. We sing and dance in all occasions, and that instinctive drive to sing may very well be genetic to us. I should know. We’ve taken to karaoke as if it was our own. This is probably the only place in the world where Sinatra’s “My Way” has a fatal track record. (More on that another day).


Randy David once commented on his book that, the wandering jew has turned into the wandering Filipino. Face it, third world crappiness has forced many to wander about and as far I know, my race occupies almost every single part of the world.

So what does that mean? This means well actually it didn’t mean anything except to say, that I want to spread Filipino music all over. It’s not any patriotic desire or anything. It’s more of that, “Hey! this song’s nice. LIsten to it!! QUick!” but I can’t because too little people know of my beloved language. Even hybrid PInoys out there might not even understand some of the language. It sucks. I’ve always wanted to share songs in Filipino to my foreign friends. Especially before when I wanted to rant to my English ex- about Eraserheads. But how can I? He doesn’t understand those mind provoking lyrics that those deities made. And back then I was too lazy to translate it. And sadly, there are only a few Filipino-to-English song translation sites in the net.

Well I’m bored now .extra extra time ^__^

Therefore, I’ve decided to make it my personal mission to transcribe songs from my playlist and translate it for my hybrid countrymen out there who somehow managed to forget how to speak in this language.

God bless the deed and god bless the worker.

OH! And if you find another site with content like this, please do tell me and I’ll post links ^__^ I love company.

And if I miss some songs, just refer them to me and I’ll do my best to translate it for you. LOVE LOVE LOVE mwuah.

<<<oh and if I get bored I might just blog here too haha>>