I love this… I went in search of new Filipino riddles , and came across this set of old ones. See if you can guess them, and we’ll announce the winners in our FS Bugtongan Hall of Fame (you’ll be the first too!)
1. mahaba ang bituka at itoy lumilipad
Kapag hindi mahangin ito ay tinatamad
(the entrails are long and it’s able to fly; but if there’s no wind then it gets lazy)
2. May dila nga ngunit ayaw namang magsalita,
kambal silat laging kasama ang isat isa
Itali o igapos kahit higpitan mo pa
tiyak silang sa iyo ay sasama
(it has a tongue but doesn’t speak, it has a twin that goes with it; tie them tight and they will go with you everywhere)
3. Mayrong araw, mayrong buwan hindi naman langit
mayrong katapusan ngunit muling nagbabalik
Tumatanda ngunit isang taong gulang lagi,
wakas niya ay ipinagbubunyi
(it has days, it as a moon but there’s no heaven; it has an ending that you can’t go back to; it grows old but it’s only a year old; it’s death is celebrated)
Guess who composed these riddles.
UPDATED: July 27, 2007:
For those asking for more bugtong (Filipino riddles) you’ll be glad to know we have a series going on, and you can find the compilation in this page: Mga Bugtong / Filipino riddles.
Have fun guessing ‘em!