A Poem for Friday: “Manila” by Hotdog

After a short trip to America’s heartland for a scientific symposium, I’m back to posting with this week’s musical tribute to my hometown of Manila, the one-and-only city with “flying jeepneys”:

“Manila”, by Hotdog

Manila, Manila
I keep coming back to Manila
Simply no place like Manila
Manila, I’m coming home

I walked the streets of San Francisco
I’ve tried the rides in Disneyland
Dated a million girls in Sydney
Somehow I feel like I don’t belong

Hinahanap-hanap kita Manila (I keep looking for you, Manila)
Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga (your noise is yummy to the ears!)
Mga jeepney mong nagliliparan (your jeepneys a-flying)
Mga babae mong nag-gagandahan (your girls a-pretty)
Take me back in your arms Manila
And promise me you’ll never let go
Promise me you’ll never let go

Manila, Manila
Miss you like hell, Manila
No place in the world like Manila
I’m coming home to stay!

(Emphasis mine.) For more nostalgic fun, check out the rest of The Best of Manila Sound: Vol. 1 and subsequent volumes!

(Hat Tip: English translation by Claro La Verdad in his recent post “The Everlasting Charms of Manila & Me (Part I) from the American ex-pat-run blog Live in the Philippines.)

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