Paru-parong Bukid (English translation)

Butterfly from the field

English Translation by Roberto Verzola

Paru-parong Bukid

Traditional Filipino folk song

I just saw a butterfly,

flitting and floating by;

waiting by the main trail,

fluttering in the air.

Sari wrapped around her,

sleeves as wide as my palm,

Skirt’s a trifle oversized,

ends dragging on the ground.

Her hair held with a pin


Her hand twirling a comb


Decorated half-slip,

drawing others to peep.

Then she faces the stage,

ogling her own image,

She would come and tease us,

hips swaying like a duck.

Paru-parong bukid

na lilipad-lipad

Sa tabi ng daan


Isang bara ang tapis

Isang dangkal ang manggas

Ang sayang de kola

Isang piyesa ang sayad.

May payneta pa siya


May suklay pa mandin


Naguas de ojetes

ang palalabasin

Haharap sa altar

at mananalamin

At saka lalakad

nang pakendeng-kendeng.


  1. Posted December 14, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    ang gnda ng song……by roberto verzola sna 2loy-2loy ang kanta mo,,,sa mga folk song,,,

  2. Roberto Verzola
    Posted December 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Salamat, Joy.


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