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Filipino Riddles

Filipino Riddles

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ANSWERS TO TAGALOG RIDDLES Nakayuko ang reyna BAYABAS di nalalaglag ang korona.

Nakatalikod na ang prinsesa, BALIMBING mukha niya'y nakaharap pa. Isang reynang maraming mata PINYA nasa gitna ang mga espada. Heto na si Ingkong KASOY nakaupo sa lusong. May isang prinsesa KASOY nakaupo sa tasa. Ate mo, ate ko, ATIS Ate ng lahat ng tao. Nagbibigay na'y BOTE sinasakal pa. Hinila ko ang baging nag-iingay ang matsing. May puno walang bunga may dahon walang sanga. Lumuluha walang mata lumalakad walang paa. Buto't balat lumilipad. Mataas kung nakaupo mababa kung nakatayo. Tungkod ni apo hindi mahipo. Eto na ang magkapatid Nag-uunahang pumanhik. Dalawang batong itim, malayo ang nararating. Animals: mammals. 1 Ania iti pinarsua iti Dios a balin suec a maturog? (Iloc.) Panniqui What thing that God made sleeps with its head down? Bat 2 Pantas ca man, at marunong bumasa at sumulat, aling ibon dito sa mundo ang lumilipad ay sumususo ang anak? (Tag.) Kabag Although you are wise and know how to read and write, which bird in this world flies and yet suckles its young? Bat 3 Uppat iti adiguina, maysa iti baotna, dua iti paypayna, dua iti boneng. (Iloc.) Carabao Four posts, one whip, two fans, and two bolos. CarabaoPage 25 4 Apat na tukod langit at isang pang hagupit. (Tag.) Kalabao Four earth posts, two air posts and whip. Carabao 5 Saquey so torutoro duaray quepay-quepay a patiray mansobsoblay. (Pang.) Dueg KAMPANA SANDOK PLUMA SARANGGOLA ASO NINGAS NG KANDILA MGA PAA MATA

GUAVA STARFRUIT (with five angular lobes) PINEAPPLE CASHEW CASHEW SUGAR/CUSTARD APPLE BOTTLE BELL LADLE BALLPEN KITE DOG WICK OF A CANDLE FEET EYES

One pointing, two moving, four changing. Carabao The head points, the ears move, the legs change position. 6 Nu mat-tut-lud ay atanang udde; nu mat-tadag ay ibbafa. (Gad.) Atu If he sits down he is high; if he stands up he is low. Dog 7 Adda maysa nga parsua ni Apo Dios nga adda uppat a sacana, ipusna quen maysa nga ulona nga aoan ti imana. (Iloc.) Caballo There is one creature of our Lord God which has four legs and a tail and one head; but it has no arms. HorsePage 26 8 Carga nang carga ay ualang upa. (Tag.) Babuy Always working and no pay. The pig He is ever eating garbage and waste. 9 Eto na si “Nuno,” may sunong na guinto. (Tag.) Babuy Here comes “Nuno” with gold on his head. Pig

(Iloc. Betel. A little pig 11 Adda maysa nga lacay gomogoyod ti oay.Page 27 12 Kahoy cong Marigundong.The pig is a constant scavenger and frequents the space below latrines and privies. (Pamp.) Sungay My tree in Marigundong (town in Cavite) has branches but no leaves. Cock 24 Ania ti pinarsua ni Apo Dios nga ag-gungon ti maquimbaba quet agpidot ti maquin ngato? (Iloc.) Mama A tiptipparo leaf. People called to mass by the ringing bell are likened to fishes. (Pang. 18 Adda tallo nga babbalasang quet no mapanda maquimisa. who always drags rattan. 16 Togtoquec ti teppang agarayat ti bagsang (Iloc. Bell. Betel-leaf White lime is smeared upon the green leaf. of the other red. na sangay ualang dahon. 22 Nagcapa dimet nagpadi.e. the priest's cope. (Iloc. Betel 21 Papel a berde sinoratac ti purao Page 30quet intedco iti sangaili dina insubli. the bagsang are small fishes. (Iloc. the bell is the church bell—the little fishes are the people.) Ang bungang isinasama sa itso Still in his mother's body was taken and made to marry. Bell The curved side of the bell is compared to a washed out slope or curve of the bank. of another white. Bell Banca is the canoe or boat. (Iloc. (Pang.) Manoc What creature of God is with meat on its head? Cock 26 Ania a parsuo ni Apo Dios ti nagsusoon ti carne nga aoan ti imana? (Iloc.) Bao There is an old man. (Tag. ya agnaecal. a young man and a young woman. to strike it as with the pole is to ring it. 27 . which is then used to enwrap a bit of areca nut for chewing. 13 Maco ca quian. iti caoes ti maysa ata berde. nan capa agmuet pari. Rat i. quen dadiay maysa ata lomabaga.) Campana I strike upon the washout and the bagsang come for help. (Tag.) Manoc What thing that Lord God made Page 31sifts below and picks up above? Fowl 25 Dinay pinalsay Dios ya managtay carne? (Pang. when they came out together the dresses of all were red. his tail. Horn The branching horn of a deer. Birds. The forward legs of an animal The hind feet tread in the prints of the forefeet. Away! let me have your place. (Tag. (Iloc. crown but not king. Cock 23 Nancorona agimiet ari.) Burias While the mother is walking the child is crying. Nagcorona dimet nagari.) Batingao When I pulled the vine the monkeys came around. 20 Bulong tiptipparo. Bell Tapal is a nickname for an old man. kinuha at pinapagasawa. puso balasang baro.) Manoc Gown but not priest. yacu naman ing quian. Bell 15 Tinugtog co ang bangca nagsilapit ang isda. the dress of one was green.) Tapingar What creature of our Lord God carries meat but has no hands? Cock The meat is the cock's comb. (Iloc. but not priest. it is a common thing that his snout is yellow as result of his search.) Campana sa misaPage 28 I rang the banca and the fishes came.) Manoc The king's crown but not king. (Tag.) Campana Tapal's ——— hanging within the corral is crying to get out. Betel The areca nut is first taken out of its covering before being united with the betel leaf and lime. quet norommuardan ata malabaga amin iti caoesdan. 14 Nang hataken co ang baging nagkagulo ang matsing. quet dadiay maysa Page 29ata porao. 10 Magmagna ni inam sangsangitam.) Mamabuyo There are three ladies who went to mass. the heart.) Ding bitis daring animal a tiapat a bitis nung lalacad ya.) Gaoed I wrote a green paper with white: I gave it to my visitor and he did not return it. 17 Otin nen laquic Tapal ni baleuet ed corral manaquis. Betel 19 Nasatiyan pa nang kanyang ina.

taltallo iti requepna. Eyes 47 Malaon nang patay hindi maibaon at buhay ang capit bahay. ngioat There are seven windows. (Tag. rudder and oars. The eyes 46 Adda dua nga pisi agtongpal idiay langit. of which you cannot catch sight. (Tag. (Bis. but when it has no leaves it also has no roots? Parao Sail. (Iloc. EarsPage 34 38 Daluang balon hindi malingon.) Baloto I have a hairless dog.) Sacayan He walks with his back. eyes.) Parao What tree is it.) Mata There are two princesses. who live on the two sides of a mountain.) Baloto What creature made by Lord God walks on its back? Boat 30 Oalay asoc ya quisquis no onbatic tirakiang.) Lapayag. (Iloc. Eyes 45 Adda dua nga Princesas quet nagseng nga tan da iti dua nga bantay. mouth 40 Sipac nga sipac. if it leafs out we shall go.Uyana-uyana mamuntuk yang baya! (Pamp. Eyelids . 34 Nagalacat nagahayang. agong.) Mata Clapping and clapping but my companions cannot hear me. (Iloc. (Tag.) Mata I open my two boxes noiselessly.) Mata Claps and claps. Eyes 42 Dalaua cong cahon bucsan ualang ugong. (Iloc. no agsangit iti maysa agsangit danga dua. only three shut. go down and here we stay. (Iloc. they go toward the sky. (Pang. Fowl Boats.) Banca The captain took a bath without his belly getting wet. 37 Bulong ti cappa-cappa nagtalicud nagpada.) Tainga Two wells. (Tag.) Manuc Here he comes with glowing charcoal on his head! A cock 28 No umayac idiay balayo agtuptupuaccayo.) Bulag ang isang mataPage 36 It is a long time since it died. pero eon ua-ay gani dahon ua-ay man sing gamut? (Bis. but the neighbors do not hear. who goes belly upward. Banca 32 Adda impatacderco a caoayan no agbolong intan.) Parao I set up a bambu.) Taotao ti mata A samsamping is in the middle of the mirror. the leaf is the sail.) Botoy What thing created by God has the fullness of pregnancy (masicog) behind? The calf of the leg Masicog is the swollen abdomen of the pregnant woman. Eyes 44 Dalawang tindahan sabay na binubucsan. that when it has Page 33leaves it also has roots. (Pang. it's pleasant to have them meet. tipa ca queti tana. 36 Ania ti pinarsua ti Dios a masicog ti licudan? (Iloc. yet it can not be buried for its neighbor is still alive. One blind eye 48 Señora a samsamping addai ti uneg ti sarming. EyesPage 35 43 Dalawang batong maitim malayo ang dinarating. mata. Anchor Body: parts.) Mata Two black stones which reach far. when one cries both cry.) Mata There are two halves. nostrils.) Mata at kilay Two hairy things.) Mata Two stores are open at the same time. (Pamp. (Iloc. (Tag. (Tag.) Manoc If I come to your house you will jump away. (Your) ears 39 Pito iti taoana. 33 Nano nga cahoy nga con may dahon may gamut. (Iloc. The pupil of the eye 49 Daluang balahibuhen masarap pag daiten.) Ancla Come up and let us go. 29 Ania ti pinarsua ni Apo Dios nga Page 32ipagnana ti bocotna? (Iloc. (Iloc. Prao The bambu set up is the mast. Eyes 41 Tepac cac tan tepac agnereguel na ybac. Boat 31 Naligo ang capitan hindi nabasa ang tian. saan nga mangeg ti caaroba. A ship 35 Manica maco tana.) Lapayag Cappa-cappa leaves placed back to back. Ears. (Tag.

Fingers 53 Adda lima nga Principes nagcallogongda amin ti pisi. (Bis.) Bibig A deep well is filled with chisels. here. Mouth 69 Dua nga bobon napnot allid quen dagum. Fingers 55 Ni ni conconana aoan ti matana (Iloc. (Bis. isay matayog.) Tammodo Here.) Mata quen agung There are two princesses with a mountain between them. Eyes and nose 51 Isang biyabas pito ang butas.50 Adda dua nga Princesa quet nagbaetanda ti maysa nga bantay quet daytoy a bantay adda met dua nga oaig quet no agsangit daguitoy a Princesa agayos met daytoy nga oaig ngem no saanda nga agsangit mamagaan daguitoy nga oaig.) Buhoc A plant which does not fade when cut down. If there is a Page 38half added we shall be twenty. (Tag. In this mountain are two brooks and when the princesses cry these brooks Page 37flow and when the princesses do not cry the brooks dry up. Nose 70 Baston ti Ygorot dica maparot (Iloc.) Buhoc Sugar-cane on clay.) Ulo One guava with seven holes. what will be the first that steps? Heel 64 Daluang bangiasan nag hahagaran. (Pamp. Mouth 68 Isa ca cahon-cahon nga punu sang tiguib. ing gulut na ya ing atian. the egg here in question is perhaps his strange headexcrescence. 54 Adda maysa nga ealapati nga nagna ti tinga ti ili manocayo cona ti ari no adda mainayon nga pisi justo nga dua polo cami. but it cannot see. being very high. Head 61 Isa ca bungsud nga pito ang iya buho.) Ramay There is a dove that walked in the middle of the town. Face 52 Limang puno nang niog. Mouth 67 Isang balong malalem. 63 No agtacderac ania ngata ti omona a ipagnae? (Iloc.) Ngipuen Plain earth has grown ivory. you cannot pull up.) Dalire Five cocoanut palms. Hair 58 Cahoy nga tambalisa. (Bis. (Iloc. punong puno nang patalem. How many are you said the king. Hand The calao is the hornbill. Forefinger It points here and there. and its back is the front.) Puso You are the man who has the minute-beater. (Gad.) Ramay There are five princes and their hat is one half. (Iloc. (Tag. ualang buko. (Tag. Hair 59 Iclog iti calao bolig iti lima.) Mukha One guava with seven holes. with no joints (knots). tapson indi malaya.) Baba A box full of chisels. touching the things in question. (Iloc. Forehead 57 Tubo sa punso.) Olo A small hill having seven holes.) Bitis Its front is the back.) Quiray A mountain the summit of which cannot be seen. (Tag. (Iloc.) Ngioat There is a small brook filled with shells.) ImaPage 39 The calao's egg is five-parted. one is higher. The lower leg (below the knee) 66 Adda oaig a bassit napnut bucbucaig. 60 Isang bayabas peto ang butas.) Bato The cane of the Igorot.) BintePage 40 Two fence stakes chasing each other. (Tag. (Iloc.) AgungPage 41 Two wells filled with wax and needles. (Tag. but has no eyes. . (Iloc. Teeth 72 Umona nga aglaguis sa agdareedec. Legs 65 Atian na ing gulut. Penis 71 Mapatar ya dalin tinoboay garing. (Iloc.) Mocod If I stand. Fingers The nails are the hats. Heart Minuterum the pendulum beating. (Pang. he says. 56 Tata baculud ay ain-mena maita na ut-tunna si catanang-nga. Head 62 Sica a tao ti yan ti minuterum.

Breaking of wind 77 Magna sirirquep no nacalucat madi met.) Candela A slender tree which bears only one leaf. but can talk? Clock Coffin.) Dila He is under the shed but is always wet.) Attut He who loses it rejoices. nung ing lupa na ing quecang lauan a usta mu ing qucang sasabian. mapute. Here the posts are first set. (Gad.) CandelaPage 44 The priest's ——— is white.) Ngipen First place the bars and then the posts. 86 Adda uppat a nga amigos.” 80 Nagbulong nagbunga nanganac diay nangala. Cardinal Points. then the upright teeth appear. (Tag. 91 Taong buhay inaanay. TonguePage 42 74 Enlongon empantion onbangon mansermon. Bad odor. 81 Ania iti anac a pooranna iti baguis ni inana? (Iloc. (Pang. when you look at his face you will understand what he says.) Pagbasan It has leaves and fruits. idi naparsua toy lubong inda naisigud. the one who has it. The babe has first smooth. (Tag. breaking wind 76 Iti nacapocao agayayat quet iti nacabiroc agong onget (Iloc. ang tag-iya uala Page 46sing calibutan. Book. it is not his to give.) Kandilang may sindi If you let me live I shall soon die. Spittle The practice of spitting. Book Fodder or “food for thought. ngungit kung akoy pataing paminsan ay lalong lalawig ang ingat kong buhay. A lighted candle 84 Masondug a cayu talaque na donna.) Libro Chopped grass hidden in the mind. Tongue 75 Na manantang ay maccatua udde na mannam ay malussao.) Leros = reloj What creature of God has no arms and legs. (Tag. Bad odor.) Dila Coffin in graveyard wakes up sermon. when it is open it does not care to walk. ay hindi na umue. Book Candle.) Uppat aturongPage 45 There are four friends. (Gad. Clock 89 Ania ti parsua ni apo Dios nga aoan ti imana nga aoan ti sacana quet ammona ti agsao? (Iloc. and then the cross-pieces. is far commoner among the Filipinos than among ourselves. dapot masaquit yang intindian. (Bis. Secretion from eye corner 78 Aso cong pute inutusan co. 73 Nagapanilong apang basa.) LuraPage 43 I sent out my white dog and he did not return.) Candela What son burns his mother's intestines? Candle 82 Tite nang pare. (Pang. The four directions Clock: Watch.) Relos His words are audible but difficult to understand.) Bulutong A living person being eaten up by “anay.) Mucat It walks while it is shut. the one who owns it does not care anything about it. yet it gives light to the whole house. (Iloc. Candle 83 Kung babayaan mong ako ay mabuhay yaong kamatayay dagli kong kakamtan. they have existed since the beginning. (Iloc. who finds it is mad. even unrelated to betelchewing or tobacco-chewing. Light The flame of a candle is a little thing.” . Clock 88 Amanu na mararamdam. 79 Tinadtad a root insenpen a panonot. (Tag.) ottot Who loses it is glad. 87 Aldao rabii agririaoac. (Iloc. ang nagahimo indi iya.) Ilao A grain of rice fills the whole house. (Bis. (Iloc. The teeth The comparison is with fence-building. comparable to a rice grain.) Longon The one who orders it made is crying. 90 Ang nagapahimo nagahibi. (Iloc. Godfather took it. but he who finds it gets mad at it. Lighted candle 85 Isang butel na palay punong puno ang bahay. (Tag. Coffin Disease.(Iloc. horizontal gums. if you kill me I shall live long.) Reloj Day and night I cry.

can interfere with our ability to learn from mistakes and adapt to adverse or changing conditions. and organizational excellence are all impossible to achieve without overcoming setbacks and obstacles along the way.) Sambalilo I bought a slave.) Tuba In the morning it is scattered in many places. but in the evening it is united into one place. 100 Con aga naga lapta. (Bis. Our society. (Iloc. Shoes Drinks. That conditioning has served me very badly throughout my life and something that is extremely difficult to overcome.) Hicao Two pipits balancing on a bambu stick. (Iloc. personal growth. taller than myself. (Iloc. 95 Bumili ako nang alipin mataas pa sa akin. Hat 96 Aniat aramid a canennaca. it is gathered daily. mipa quinabang cata. Shoe 09 Dalan mucu. 92 Ania ti pagayatan na a mabalud. sometimes with useful benefits (sticky notes. bado What is deep reaches only to the waist. Failure in our daily lives rarely is a life-or-death prospect. Tuba An intoxicating drink made from cocoapalm sap. The camisa is a shirt. (Iloc. mainly through our schools.) Calzon.) Ti masaquit Why does he wish to be in prison? Pain Dress. Shoes 98 Dala mo siya. yet fear of failure has been ingrained in us. (Tag. Bis. We are taught from a very early age to "do it right or don't do it at all". Prolific inventors (like Edison.) Bado What work devours you. a manufactured article. I will carry you. Camisa The word work is used in several of these riddles with the meaning of a thing made. what is shallow comes to the neck. Would anybody care to share their experiences in redefining failure to help those of us who are still struggling? . (Tag. 93 Dadiay adalem agassiquet. at evening it is brought in and stored. jacketPage 47 94 Daluang pipit nag titimbangan sa isang siit. (Pamp. Innovation.—also Pang. Even though it takes higher reasoning abilities to know the difference between when failure is insignificant and when it is life-threatening. Drawers. We would do well to learn the same.) Zapatos I saw two boats. maymaysat naglugan. punishes most failures.) Sapin Carry me. as mentioned by another poster) have learned the difference and equate "failure" with simply "a different outcome".. dala ca niya. let us share alike. dadiay ababao agatengngned. Negative attitudes toward risk-taking. Of course. usually born of fear or arrogance. Resistance to change and difficulty learning from failure are significant issues that drive many problems on IT programs of all kinds. only one person was on board. anyone?). In the morning it is at the trees which yield. Earrings The pipit is a small bird. learning.) BakiaPage 48 You carry it it carries you. 97 Nacaquitaac iti dua a sasacayan. (Tag. teaching that reasoning would serve our society better. dalan da ca. pero con hapon naga tipon. termites or white ants. these challenges make failure difficult to face and discuss.Smallpox Anay.

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