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Top 10 Filipino Proverbs

Values that teach us in every aspect of life….

        Filipino proverbs are part of Filipino culture that is passed on from one generation to another to teach truths and clearly reflect old tradition, customs and beliefs. Here are some of them.

  • Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ‘di makakarating sa paroroonan.

        This proverb is one of the core values of the Filipino values system that tells about the importance of showing gratitude to one’s root or benefactors.


  • Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa.

         Filipinos are known to be religious people and this proverb reminds that one cannot leave everything to God alone but instead persevere with determination and diligence in achieving one’s dream.



  • Madali ang maging tao, mahirap magpakatao.

         This proverb is sometimes crudely translated as: “It’s easy to be human but it’s hard to act like one.” It states on how man acts in relation to other people and his surroundings but this proverb should be understood using many different views.


  • Daig ng maagap ang taong masikap.

        “The early bird catches the worm,” that tells how an early person beats one who is merely industrious which reiterate that a person who is always on time tends to achieve more than who is not.


  • Ubos-ubos biyaya, bukas nakatunganga.

          The proverb that warns Filipino of spending lavishly will make one end up with nothing. It also encourages people to save more and prepare for the hard times and teaches us the value of spending beyond one’s means.


  • Pag ‘di ukol ay ‘di bubukol.

          The message simply states that nothing will happen if it is not meant to be and it teaches us to accept the circumstances especially when all efforts have been made to attain a dream.


  • Kung walang tiyaga, walang nilaga.

           Nilaga is a Filipino dish that entails boiling meat for hours to tenderize it and let its flavor out which states that people should possess the value of perseverance and diligence and without these; one should not expect a reward. Just like in cooking nilaga, an object cannot be achieved with half-baked efforts.


  • Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo.

           The proverbs that teach us the importance of being on time which translated as, what good is the grass if the horse is already dead? The horse signifies a problems that need solutions and teaches us to arrive at a solution to a problem on time.


  • Ang bayaning nasusugatan, nag-iibayo ang tapang.

           A patriot who is wounded becomes more courageous best describes the “never say die” trait of Filipinos amidst many obstacles and hardships in life that instead of giving up, they are more challenged to face the future.


  • Habang maikli ang kumot, matutong mamaluktot.

            This proverb states that Filipinos know how to adapt to the hard times by being thrifty and sacrificing luxury. We Filipinos can still flash a smile even with all the difficulties we are experiencing.

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