Tagbilaran, Tuesday, 8 October 2002
The Boholanos are fond of proverbs. They embody the morals and the wisdom of the people, and reflect their ideas and beliefs in a just a few well choosen words. Here we present a small collection of Boholano proverbs.
Since all Boholanos are keen bussiness people, we start with some proverbs related to business.
|Aron dili ka limbongan,
Pangutana sa precio
Sa tolo ka tindahan
|In order that you would not be cheated,
Ask the price at three shops.
|Kon ikaw sa usa ka tawo maka utang,
Kinahanglan magpakita ka kaniya sa kanunay.
|If you owe a man anything,
There is nothing like seeing him often.
|Kon makapalit ka ug barato,
Ikaw ra ang matonto.
|If you got a thing too cheaply,
You'll be taken in.
|Kon gusto ka nga maka kita ug higala,
Pautanga siya ug ayaw paningla.
|If one wishes to get friends with his fellows,
Let him buy on credit and never collect the money.
|Ang mag baligya
Firming mokanta nga matamis ang iyang baligya.
|The melon seller
Declares his melon sweet.
Of course, the Boholanos are also deeply religious, as is reflected in the following proverbs on religion and related subjects.
|Kadtong magabuhat ug maayo panalanginan,
Kadtong magabuhat ug dautan, paninglan.
|Those who lay up goodness prosper,
Those who lay up evil are destroyed.
|Ang kasingkasing nga matarung, dili mahadlok;
Bisan linti ang madungog.
|The upright in heart, fears not;
Not even the thunderbolts.
|Ang familia nga naga tanum ug kaayohan, Nag ani ug Kapalaran;
Ang nag tanum ug kadautan, nag ani ug Lonlon kasakitan.
|The family that accumulates virtue will have felicity;
But the family that increases in evil will have misery.
|Sa katapusan, ang maayo ug dautan
Ang pangutan mao,
Moabut ugma ug karon?
|In the end, good and evil
will have its rewards,
The question is, will it come sooner or later?
|Ang mga butang nga dili hikitan,
Ug dili hidungan sa tawo,
Sa langit hikitan ug hibaloan.
|What man sees not,
And hears not,
Heaven sees and knows.
|Ang kasingkasing sa mga tao,
Mao ang kasingkasing sa langit.
|The heart of the people
Is the heart of heaven.
We conclude this collection with proverbs on a number of subjects.
|Ang pag sulti, sapi,
Ang pag hilum, bulawan.
|Speech is silver,
Silence is gold.
|Ang puthaw madunot sa iyang
Kaugalingon nga ta-ay.
|Iron is destroyed
By its own rust.
|Ang Owang nga matulog
Paga dad-on sa solog.
|A sleeping shrimp is carried away by the current.|
Kon walya inantusan.
|There is no success
If there is no sacrifice.
|Ang mag dula sa kalayo
Masunog gayud ug seguro.
|He who plays with fire
Is surely burned.
|Ang tanum nga kalabasa
Ang bunga pag biyaan
Sa iyang pag panaw.
|A squash plant leaves its
fruits behind as it travels.
|Ang pobre kon makalapas
Sa tanang tao hikitan.
|A poor man's mistake is noted by all.|
|Ang sayog sa uban, himatngonan,
Apan ang imo, paga tabunan.
|Other's faults you see clearly,
but not your own.
|Ang tawo kon hadlok
Molukso bisan unsa kahabug.
|There is no fence too high
for a frightened person.
|Bisan ug unsa ka taas sa procession,
Mo pauli gayud sa kaugalingon.
|No matter how long the procession be,
It always goes back to its starting place.
|Unsaon pa ang kompay,
Kon patay na ang kabayo?
|Oh what use is hay,
When the horse is already dead?
|Envez ga dali,
Nag ka bali.
|Haste makes waste.|
Sa pinilian pauli.
|Too much choosing
Leads to a poor choice.
|Nagdaginot sa binlod,
Nag usik sa bugas.
|Man in his attempt to own everything,
May lose things of much greater importance.
|Puslan nga maligo,
|In doing a piece of work,
One must do it well.
If you know a Boholano proverb to contribute to this page, please use the feedback form below. Please give us both the Visayan and the English translation.
|Saturday, 2 July 2011 18:21:36 PHT|
|.so nice and impressive!!!|
|Thursday, 26 August 2010 16:25:42 PHT|
|i'm so happy to grow up in bohol. it's so peaceful there and everybody cares for everyone. it's not true that boholanos are " ija ija,aho aho...you can observed this duing fiestas./ everybody can eat as long as the family have something to share..|
|Visminda K.Estrada wrote:|
|Saturday, 21 November 2009 11:53:02 PHT|
|I SALUTE to all Boholano , specially to their PROVERBS it really reflects to their best character..|
|from malaysia wrote:|
|Monday, 9 November 2009 11:20:58 PHT|
|i am from malaysia and so into phillipino's language. i am learning now... but then, i dont really understand the usage. i mean, this boholano to be used when.. well, i jst learn tagalog =)|
|Tuesday, 3 November 2009 13:21:15 PHT|
|Boholano proverbs are insightful. I must admit that I'm falling in love with Bohol. I'm looking forward to my visit to Bohol in about a month. I will see my sister and her family there; and I might recite some of the proverbs written in this website. Thank you very much for your good work!|
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