Iloilo Ang Banwa Ko Lyrics

Iloilo Ang Banwa Ko is an allegory on patriotism explained in two ways: first, making a little girl (Inday) stand for her town and second, a picture of carefree life free from political bondage.

iloilo ang banwa ko lyrics


Iloilo ang banwa ko ginahingadlan

Katam-is nga polong ang akon ginmat-an

Dili ko ikaw bulagan

Banwa kong nalulutan

Ikaw ang ginkuhaan sing kalipayan


Ilonggo ako nga Inday

Nga nagapuyo sa higad sang baybay

Manami magkiay-kiay

Sa tagipusuon

Bug-os ang kalipay

English Translation

Iloilo, my hometown

Sweetest word I have ever heard

I’ll never leave you

My beloved hometown

You’re shorn of happiness


I am an Ilonggo maiden

My humble dwelling

Is along the seashore

As I walk on the sand

Joy floods my heart

Source: Hispanic Influences on the West Visayan Folk Song Tradition of the Philippines


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