Posted on Saturday, 24th October 2009 by All Philippines

Pipit Bird

One of the most prolific Filipino composer of the 20th century, National Artist Levi Celerio is credited with more than 4,000 Philippine contemporary love songs and folk songs to his name. He also became famous abroad when he was invited to appear on the Merv Griffin Show. Levi, accompanied by 39 studio musicians, performed the song “All The Things That You Are” using a single leaf. This feat went unnoticed as he was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records later that year as the “only man in the world who can produce music using a leaf”.

Most of the songs composed by Levi Celerio were adapted and used in Philippine TV shows and movies. Love songs like Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, and Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal are few of the examples of Celerio compositions that were made into movies and television dramas in the past. Levi Celerio also wrote countless Philippine contemporary folk songs such as Itik-Itik, Waray-Waray, Pitong Gatang, Alibangbang, Galawgaw etc., songs that are recognized standards of the Kundiman folk song era. One of this contemporary folk song, made popular by the Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, is “Ang Pipit”.

The song “Ang Pipit” (The Bird) is about the story of a bird perched in a branch of a tree. One day a man shot the lonesome bird with a stone hitting one of its wings. Because of the bird’s painful injury, it lost the ability to fly and eventually fell to the ground. While fighting for its last breath, the bird spoke (as if like a man) to it’s would be captor saying, “Cruel man, your heart has no compassion”, adding, “If my life passes away, another bird (pipit) will surely cry”.

Ang Pipit (The Bird)

May pumukol sa pipit

Sa sanga ng isang kahoy

At nahagip ng bato

Ang pakpak ng munting ibon

Dahil sa sakit, di na nakaya pang lumipad

At ang nangyari ay nahulog

Ngunit parang taong bumigkas,

“Mamang kay lupit,

Ang puso mo’y di na nahabag,

Pag pumanaw ang buhay ko,

May isang pipit na iiyak.”


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