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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Filipino Proverbs


Filipino proverbs (Salawikain) are saying pass from one generation to another, when, how and who started it, nobody can tell. It teaches lesson derived from practical wisdom learned from everyday experiences and keen observation of life.

Filipino proverbs are glimpses of Filipinos everyday life and culture, it illuminate the character of the Filipino, values and philosophy. It serves as a guide to living, it gives advice and encouragement and a reminder for young and old folks and for all of us... even we are thousand of miles away from our home land. 

Filipino proverbs have universal wisdom, not to mention the wit and humor contained therein that add spice to the Filipino language. 

Here are some examples of  Filipino proverbs with English translation.  
  • Ang buhay ay parang gulong, minsang nasa ibabaw, minsang nasa ilalim.  (Life is like a wheel, sometimes you're up sometimes you're down.) 
  • Huwag magbilang ng manok hangga’t hindi napipisa ang itlog.(Don't count your chicken before they are hatched.)
  • Masakit ang katotohanan. (The truth hurts)
  • Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan. (He who does not look back from where he came will never reach his destination.)
  • Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang malangsang isda. (He who doesn't love his mother language is worse than a rotten fish.)
  • Sakit ng kalingkingan, dama ng buong katawan. (A pain in your pinkie, is felt by the whole body). 
  • Walang utang na di pinagbabayaran. (No debt remains unpaid.)

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