Sa Kabukiran

One of my favourite Pinoy songs is “Sa Kabukiran” (in the countryside) by Freddie Aguilar, a song I have learned how to play on the guitar, not that much of a difficult song, just a standard “Travis” (or something similar) picking in the key of G.

The opening lyrics go

Sa kabukiran, minsan kami ay namasyal

Kasama ko ang aking barkada

Sa isang kubo, doon kami ay lumugar

At kami ay masaya, masaya

and I am happy that my wife’s birthplace offers some amazing kabukiran and a lot of bahay kubo kung saan lumugar ako.

My wife’s place (as I ‘ve already mentioned in some previous article) was originally given by the Spaniards the fitting name of Hacienda Buenavista (the modern name is San Ildefonso), as the surrounding kabukiran offers a stunning 360-degree view of the Bataan Peninsula, Mount Arayat, the Pinatubo and the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Although the song goes “Sa kabukiran, minsan kami ay namasyal
Kasama ko ang aking barkada…” I actually used to walk about in it and rove about on it all by myself but I also did it once with the barkada and, sure enough, as the song goes, we ended up in a kubo (as heavy rain caught us by surprise) at kami ay may kaunting (not “container”) “pampasaya”…..

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