Posted by: katlea611 | March 15, 2014

Bugtungan

Nikki’s lesson the other day in Filipino was bugtungan (riddles). I have to admit he found some of the words difficult but I told him it’s not a lesson that requires memorization and he just needed to understand the riddles and why they were created so.  Anyway, first thing we did was to translate some of the difficult words in English.  Afterwards, it was easy to understand.  I found some of the bugtong (riddles) familiar, but others, I don’t recall encountering them when I was in school.  Here are some of the unfamiliar ones:

Bumili ako ng alipin, mataas pa sa akin. – sombrero

Munting tampipi, punung-puno ng salapi. – sili 

Puno’y layu-layo, dulo’y tagpu-tagpo. – bahay 

Bahay ng anluwagi, iisa ang haligi. – bahay ng kalapati

Kahoy maragundong, sumasanga’y walang dahon. – sungay ng usa

Heto na si Luis, hanggang tuhod ang lilis. – manok

Noong maliit ay submarino, nang lumaki ay eroplano. – lamok

Maliit pa si Kumpare, nakaakyat na sa tore. – langgam

Palayok ni Isko, puno ng bato. – bayabas

Nanganak ang birhen, itinapon ang lampin. – puso ng saging

Kung pabayaan ay nabubuhay, kung himasin ay namamatay. – Makahiya

Sa init ay sumasaya, sa lamig ay nalalanta. – Akasya

Bahay ng hari, libot ng tari. – puno ng suha

Isang palu-palo, punung-puno ng ginto. – mais na dilaw

May binti walang hita, may tuktok walang mukha. – kabuti

Dalawang magkaibigan, unahan ng unahan. – paa

Nagbibigay na’y, sinasakal pa. – bote

Tinampukang buklod, saksi ay pag-irog. – singsing

Hinila ko ang yantok, bumuka ang bundok. – payong

Nagluto si Kurikutong, Kumukulo’y walang gatong. – bula ng sabon

Bagamat nakatakip, ito’y nasisilip. – salamin sa mata

 

Some of the riddles seem quite vague to me.  I still prefer the simpler and easy to understand buto’t balat, lumilipad-lipad type of riddles.  You didn’t have to think twice about why the answer was a kite.  Just like isang bayabas, pito ang butas (answer: head) or dalawang bolang sinulid, abot hanggang langit (answer: eyes).  I think simple riddles are still the best.    

Anyway, after we had our lessons, I was able to find these two books for Nikki.  He may not read nor understand them now, but at least we have them for future reference. Image

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