Every Woman Is Beautiful

November 3, 2015 at 9:37 am 4 comments

Cariñosa, shown in the video above, is my favorite Philippine folk dance. It’s one that, I think, showcases real courtship. Ha ha. First, the guy pursues the girl, then the girl pursues the guy, and, finally, everything falls into place.

I have travelled in a lot places. One thing I have learned is that every woman, irrespective of nationality, is beautiful, and there’s no better way to see it than when she performs her country’s native dance. As she sways to the rhythm of the music, she blossoms before our eyes. With every moves she makes, she leads us to the secret of her charms.

Cariñosa become so popular in the Philippines that lyrics were added to the music and turned it into a song. Here’s the version sung by Pilita Corrales.


kung ganda ang pag-uusapan
ay higit na ang pilipina
sa lungkot man o sa ligaya
karinyosa rin at masaya
sa gitna man ng kahirapan
may sigla pa rin kung kumilos
pilipina ay karinyosa sa pag-irog

ay hirang, sinta kitang tunay
puso mo ay ginto
pangarap ng bawat nagmamahal
ay mutya, yaman ka sa buhay
binata ay dukha
pag di ka nakamtan

For all its worth, here’s my rough translation for the Tagalog-challenged.


who can be more beautiful
than a filipina
in sorrow or in joy
she is affectionate
in the midst of hardships
she remains cheerful
a filipina is devoted in love

she is truly prized
with her heart of gold
she is every lover’s dream
a life’s treasure to hold
a young man will be poor indeed
if he can’t win her heart

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Suzanne Joshi  |  November 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    What a lovely piece, Plaridel. Some beautiful women were in those pictures. I enjoyed the music and singing. Thanks for the translation. 🙂

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 10:21 am


      i’m glad you liked it. every woman deserves recognition in one way or another.

  • 3. pinoytransplant  |  November 4, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Bigla tuloy akong na-homesick tapos kong pakinggan si Pilita.

    • 4. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 10:21 am


      i know what you mean.


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