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SI MANANG PULANA
by Benjamin A. Claveria
Buhinon and English versions below are the
original interpretations of the author.
The second song, "Si
Manang Pulana" is supposed to be a comic
song. Like some other Bikol songs, however, it
has what might be called X-rated connotations.
In the first
stanza, the significance of the letters c
and o, and c and a
reminds me of this anecdote from the American
Civil War. Closely pursued by Confederate
soldiers intent on killing him, a Union officer
ran into a Southern mansion and asked the owner's
daughter, a pretty young lady whom he found
standing by the front door, to hide him.
Although she knew from the uniform he was wearing
that he was an "enemy", she took pity
on him. She knew that his pursuers would
ransack the house to find him; so she told him to
get inside the floor-length hoop skirt she was
wearing. The pursuers arrived in a moment
and did search the house thoroughly but in vain.
After the war,
the man she had saved from certain death, being
the officer and gentleman that he was, decided
that the only honorable thing for him to do was
to marry her - if she was willing. He had
seen the letters of Manang Pulana. He was
young and handsome and there was a dearth of
eligible men for marriageable ladies. His
offer was a godsend which she could not possibly
If the first
stanza deserves to be X-rated, the second stanza
ought to get an XX rating. But of course it
can also be read for its literal meaning only;
and its censors might be lenient enough to rate
» Standard Bikol
MANANG PULANA (Buhinon)
Si Manang Pulana nag panik sa tuba,
Na lesles nyo saya, nakita nyo letra;
Kaso basaen ko c, o ko; c, a, ka;
Nga kin bibilogon sadiri ta na ika.
Si Manang Pulana
nag binwit sa bobon,
Sinebadan pantat, kasiling binaton;
Kaso ongaen ko kin onong pinaen,
Owating puti nga agko gelengeleng.
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SI MANANG PULANA (Standard Bikol)
Si Manang Pulana nagsakat
Naloslos si saya, naheling si letra;
Kaso basahon ko c, o ko; c, a, ka;
Na kon bililogon sadiri ta ka na.
Si Manang Pulana
nag banwit sa bobon,
Sinobadan pantat, kasiling binaton;
Kaso hapoton ko kon anong pinaon -
Alolonting ogis na may golonggolong.
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LITTLE MISS PULANA (English)
Little Miss Pulana
climbed up a tuba tree
Her skirt caught on a twig, the letters I did see;
One pair was c and o, and one was c and a
Which could mean but one thing that she belonged
Pulana went fishing at a well,
A catfish took the bait, but she landed an eel;
Then I asked her what bait she had used and I
A white earthworm it was, indented all around.
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