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“Magtanim Ay Di Biro”

The Philippines is the 8th largest rice producer in the world, accounting for 2.8% of global rice production. As such, rice farms dominate the landscape of Rural Philippines, particularly in the great plains of Central Luzon and the Cagayan Valley, and even in the high lands of Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Abra, and Mountain Province.

Rice farming is also very much imbued in Philippine folk culture and arts. Many renowned Filipino artists, including the great Fernando Amorsolo, has have portrayed farmers and farming scenes in many of their works. Filipino folk songs are narrations of daily lives in the provinces, and one of the better known Filipino folks songs, “Magtanim ay di biro,” describes both the joys and hardships of planting rice with its lyrics and melody.

Magtanim Ay Di Biro (A Tagalog Folksong)

Magtanim ay di biro
Maghapong nakayuko
Di naman makaupo
Di man lang makatayo

Sa umaga paggising
Lagi nang iisipin
Kung saan may patanim
Doon masarap ang pagkain

Halina, halina, mga kaliyag
Tayo’y magsipag unat-unat
Magpanibago tayo ng lakas
Para sa araw ng bukas.

Magtanim ay di biro
Maghapong nakayuko
Di naman makaupo
Di man lang makatayo

Sa umaga paggising
Lagi nang iisipin
Kung saan may patanim
Doon masarap ang pagkain

Halina, halina, mga kaliyag
Tayo’y magsipag unat-unat
Magpanibago tayo ng lakas
Para sa araw ng bukas.

~oOo~

English Version

Planting (rice) is never fun, Bent from up ’till the set of sun.
Can not stand and can not sit, can not rest for a little bit.
Planting (rice) is no fun, Bent from up ’till the set of sun.
Can not stand and can not sit, can not rest for a little bit.

Come now , come now my fellow workers.
Let us do some stretching muscles,
Let us renew our strength,
For the work tomorrow.

My arms are numb
My waist is tired
My legs are aching
From staying long in the water.

Come now, come now
It is unfortunate to be born poor
If the muscles are not flexed,
we would not earn a living.

~oOo~

Tagalog Lyrics taken from kumanta.com

English Lyrics taken from Filipino Songs Atbp

Photo borrowed from the FaceBook profile of Didion Espanola Alpon.

 

 

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