Songs in Filipino

Follow along with Vanessa Joy Pacson as she teaches us two songs in Filipino: Feet, Knees, Shoulders, Head and The Little Spider.

Meet Vanessa Joy Pacson
Learn the song Feet, Knees, Shoulders, Head

Learn the song The Little Spider

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Meet Vanessa Joy Pacson

Vanessa Joy Pacson came to Canada 13 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines. Her family first settled in Burnaby. After graduating from high school, Vanessa went on to complete a degree in psychology at SFU. Vanessa currently works as a billing clerk. She enjoys dancing and writing poetry in her spare time.

Feet, Knees, Shoulders, Head

Although the tune is different and the order of actions is reversed, this Filipino song is similar to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

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Find ideas for using this song in a program about the body

Paa, Tuhod, Balikat, Ulo
Paa, tuhod, balikat, ulo
Paa, tuhod, balikat, ulo
Paa, tuhod, balikat, ulo
Pumadyak tayo at magpalakpakan

Feet, Knees, Shoulders, Head
Feet, knees, shoulders, head
Feet, knees, shoulders, head
Feet, knees, shoulders, head
Stamp your feet and clap your hands

The Little Spider

This popular Filipino song is similar to The Itsy Bitsy Spider and sung to the same tune.

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Find ideas for using this song in a program about spiders

Maliliit Na Gagamba
Maliliit na gagamba
Umakyat sa sanga
Dumating and ulan
Itinaboy sila
Sumikat ang araw
Natuyo ang sanga
Maliliit na gagamba
Ay laging masaya

The Little Spider
The little spider
Climbed up the branch
The rain came down
And pushed it away
The sun came up
It dried up the branch
The little spider
Is always happy

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Filipino is a standardized form of Tagalog and one of the two official languages of the Philippines (the other is English). Did you know that young people in the Philippines are educated in three languages? They learn a local language, Tagalog and English.

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