Back when there is no internet yet, sharing a bugtong or playing bugtungan is one of the favorite past times of kids.
They try to compete with each other on who will be the fastest to answer the bugtong. Winning the bugtungan doesn’t require a prize but it is still enjoyable to play.
Perhaps, the prize of looking smart in the eyes of fellow kids is enough for them to keep playing that classic game. Or simply the feeling of being able to answer the “mahirap” or difficult level bugtong is already an achievement for kids.
I will share here some of the bugtong samples and answers that I can remember so you will have some idea especially if you are born during the dawn of the internet.
What is a Bugtong
A simple definition of Bugtong is it’s a phrase or a sentence that often has a double or hidden meaning. The latter is usually composed of rhyming words and uses a figure of speech to suggest similarity or indicate differences regarding the described objects or events.
I think the closest English translation for Bugtong is the word “Riddle.” We can also refer to it as a brain-teaser.
You need to use your intelligence, imagination and become observant of the surroundings to generate ideas for the answer.
Also, if you are clever enough, you can create your own version of bugtong. As long as you can explain the logic of your riddle, then it’s good to go.
How to Play Bugtungan
Prior to the internet, kids often play bugtungan with their friends on the streets. The usual setting is, anyone can share a bugtong to their circle / barkada.
In turn, each of the kids will try hard to guess the answer to the riddle. They can guess as many times as they want. The quickest to get the answer is the winner or sort of.
The riddle usually starts with the phrase “bugtong bugtong, sagutin ang bugtong”. It is the signal that participants should become attentive and focused on the latter. It is probably the street version of the “Battle of the Brains” hahaha.
Are you ready to exercise your imagination to read and answer some bugtong?
25+ Halimbawa ng Bugtong with Answer List
Here are examples or mga halimbawa ng bugtong and answers to each. Just some pointers, if you are somehow unable to understand the logic behind every answer, you can try to imagine the actual object described in a bugtong. It helps a lot.
Dalawang bolang itim malayo ang nararating – Mata ( Eyes )
Isa ang Pasukan, tatlo ang labasan – T-Shirt (kamiseta)
Kay lapit sa mata, pero di mo makita – Tainga (Ear)
Ako ay may kaibigan, kasama ko kahit saan – Anino (Shadow)
Hindi hayop, hindi tao, pero kayang pumulupot sa tiyan mo – Sinturon (Belt)
Dala mo, dala ka, dala ka ng iyong dala – Tsinelas / Sapatos (Slippers / Shoes)
Kung kailangan mo pinatay, saka pa humaba ang buhay – Kandila (Candle)
May bindata ngunit walang bubungan, may pinto ngunit walang hagdanan – Kumpisalan
Magandang prinsesa, nakaupo sa tasa – Kasoy (Cashew)
Hindi hari, hindi pari, nag dadamit ng sari-sari – Sampayan (Clothes hanger)
Isang balong malalim, naliligid ng patalim – Bibig (Mouth)
May pino walang bunga, may dahil walang sanga – Sandok (Ladle)
Mapuputing sundalo ng kagitingan, lagging nag kakauntugan sa kaingin – Mga Ngipin (teeth)
Ang paa ay apat ngunit hindi ito naglalakad – Lamesa (table)
Yumuko man ang reyna, di malalaglag ang korona – Bayabas (Guava)
Buto’t balat, nakakalipad – Saranggola (Kite)
Malambot na parang ulap, kasama mo sa pangarap – Unan (pillow)
Ayan na, ayan na, pero hindi mo pa makita – Hangin (air / wind)
Nagtago si Pedro, nakalabas ang ulo – Pako (nail)
May siyam buhay, kaya mahirap mamatay – Pusa (Cat)
Malaking supot ni Jacob, kung sisidlan ay pataob – Kulambo (Mosquito net)
Mataas kung nakaupo, mababa kung nakatayo – Aso (Dog)
Dalawang magkaibigan, laging nag uunahan – Paa (Feet)
I’ve mentioned earlier that you need to become observant of your surroundings to help you when answering the bugtong. The reason is some of the Tagalog riddles mentioned are already around you.
To support my claim, I have included some photos of the featured riddles I found in my location.
*I hope you enjoy these riddles