Monday, 25 Oct 2021

Folk Speeches

Folk Speeches – cite 5 examples for each of the following and provide the meaning or a message it conveys:

b.1. proverbs (salawikain)

  1. Pag binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo ng tinapay.

(If someone throws a rock at you, throw him a bread).

It’s a metaphor that instructs us to be considerate and forgiving if has some0ne wronged you. It reflects every Filipinos who prefer quiet and peace, and calming person.

  • Nasa DIYOS ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa.

(To be merciful is GOD, while to act is man’s.)

This proverb tells us not only to pray for blessings but we need to take an action and work for them. God will be gracious to people who act and help themselves.

  • Ang taong walang kibo, nasa loo bang kulo.

(A quiet person hides his anger.)

This proverb is a warning to people not to take someone’s silence as a sign of submission or tolerance, especially if he is being picked on. He might be hiding his true feelings or has bottled up emotions and could be harboring ill thoughts and intentions about you without knowing.

  • Lahat ng gubat ay may ahas.

(Every jungle has a snake.)

It warns us and be wary of our surroundings, and the people who surrounds you because they might betray you or doesn’t have pure intentions and thoughts about you.

  • Ang taong gipit, sa patalim kumakapit.

(A desperate person will cling to a knife.)

They said, “desperate times calls for desperate measures”. Simply means that people in dire situations may do terrible things just to survive and get their selves out from the trouble.

b.2. riddles

  1. It’s here, it’s here, but you cannot see.

Answer: wind

  • General Negro passed by, and everybody die.

Answer: night

  • House of Pedro, full of stone.

Answer: Guava

  • What goes up but never comes down?

Answer: age

  • I can’t see it in light, but I can see it in the dark.

Answer: star

b.3. saying (kasabihan)

  1. Kung ano ang puno, siya rin ang bunga.

(A tree will bear a fruit of its kind.)

Children are reflections of their parents. They behave accordingly on what their parents taught them to be.

  • Kung walang tiyaga, walang nilaga.

(If you do not have patience, you do not get to enjoy boils stew.)

Like cooking nilaga, you have to wait to enjoy it’s good savory. Things in life are worth waiting for, and all we need to do is to patiently wait for it since all blessings comes to those who truly wait. You have to have long patience in accomplishing some things. After all, breathtaking buildings and tourist spots wasn’t built in a day.

  • Kung may tinanim, may aanihin.

(if you planted, you get to harvest.)

If you did something, sooner or later you will benefit from it. You will harvest the fruit of your labor.

  • Pagkahaba-haba man daw ng prusisyon, sa simbahan din ang tuloy.

(However long the procession, it will always lead to the church.)

If you are meant together, you will end marrying each other in the church. Delay, postponement, break-ups and challenges are only hitches and hindrances to stop your relationship.

  • Habang may buhay, may pag-asa.

(while there is life, there is hope.)

Never give up! Give always a good fight until the end.

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