Top 10 Cebuano Songs We Know By Heart

Here is a list of the iconic songs that took over Cebu and made a huge impact in our lives. The songs we cannot help but sing along to, from the nostalgic BisRock to the rising VisPop songs.

This can either be a test, a trip down memory lane or a learning to all our readers. Let me take you to the journey through these “Cebuano songs”.


1. Lingin

By Aggressive Audio

Titled “lingin” or circle, it is one of the most remembered songs of all time for the Cebuanos. This song represents both humor and creativity. Imagining a circle house, a circle knife, a circle nose and the list goes on will surely put a smile in your circle mouth. It touches the obvious circles, the imaginary, and the deep, how our life is a circle and that we are all circles.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Ang among balay… Lingin.
Ang among atop… Lingin.
Ang among bintana… Lingin.
Ang among pultahan… Lingin.

Kay akong kinabuhi lingin
Kitang tanan sa kalibutan lingin”


2. Bisan Pa

By WetSlipperz

A love song for a broken heart combined with a little rock. It was very famous that it has its own tagalog version entitled “Kahit Na”. Roughly translated the title is “Even if/ Even though”. It was the start of an era of BisRock. Everyone was singing it relating to a love lost and the pain of loving them still.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Bisan pa ug may lain ka na karon
Ikaw lang gihapon ang higugmaon
Bisan pa ug kasakit lang ang maangkon
Basta malipay ka ang tanan akong dawaton”


3. Principal

By Missing Filimon

This song is a shout out to everyone who is tired of life in general. Taken in the point of view of a student who sees being a celebrity as the solution. The song went from the decision to be an actor to people being actors in real life. It’s a song that allows people to air out their frustrations by singing it.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Prinsipal gusto ko nga mag-artista
Gikapuy na ko’g eskwela
Way allowance, hagu pa”


4. Gugmang Giatay

By The Ambassadors

Roughly translated, it means “Damn Love/Damned Love”. It’s a love letter to a girl, raw, simple and straight forward. It represents everyone who has been a victim of the feeling.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Oh kahayag sa imong panagway
Nga naulipon sa gugmang giatay
Inday paminawa kabos kong gugma
Nga animo akong igasa”


5. Duyog

By Jewel Villaflores

A song of a found love. The song is full of metaphorically presented lines. It is a vow to that “you”.

A certain someone that seems to be everything in your life. This is a mellow song that was a break from its bisrock predecessors.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Ikaw lang akong
akong higugmaon
Ikaw lang ako
Ako matinud-anon”


6. Balay ni Mayang

By Martina San Diego

From its chill acoustic strumming, down to the whistling, this one is definitely a “feel good song”. It makes us sway and stay calm. Everyone’s got this song’s melody stuck in their heads. Balay ni Mayang or “House of Mayang” was like a combination of folk songs, acoustic and pop.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Anhi-a ko dri sa balay (Chill lang gud, dili na ko magdugay)
Kay gimingaw na ko nimo gamay
Ayaw na pagdugay-dugay
Pagdali na’g anhi kay ganahan ko kitang duha diri mugpahuway”


7. HAHAHAHasula

By Kurt Fick

The rise of VisPop was unstoppable. This song in particular was sang in all corners of Cebu. Featured in television and radios, the song was that relatable. The struggles of an unrequited love, a hidden one at that. The story of almost everyone. The illogical reasoning, actions, and worse, illogical feelings that is so absurd and comical one can only laugh. Hence, the HAHAHA.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Di ta uyab, walay ikaw ug ako
Apan kon magselos ko
Ayaw pagbuot, Sige na lang ta anig
Ha Ha Ha katawa
Ha Ha Ha hasula ning kahimtanga”


8. BokLove

By Kurt Fick and Therese Marie Villarante

Usually, couples become healthier and gain weight the longer they are together. They say that this indicates that the relationship is healthy and strong. The song kind of explains the “how”, with inserting Cebu delicacies and the tempting delicious foods. A song of love that is abundant, healthy and big.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Pirting dakoa ining atong gugma.
Ngilngig pa nis mantikaong humba.
Pramis this is pinakalast nga extra rice.
Plus potato corner fries.
Ugma lang ta mag diet ha?
Kay manambok baya gyud ni ang in… laaab.”


9. Pero Atik Ra

By Jaqueline Chang

The ultimate “hugot” song. Each line of this song contains a certain punch to every person trying to move on. The “assuming” and “pinaasa” hearts had this as an anthem. It talks of finally giving up, of being sick of it but then takes it back again. Story of our lives.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“Diri na lang ko kutob
Diri na lang ko taman
Dili na ko mogukod
Sa taw’ng kusog modagan
Kay kung di gyud, di gyud
Wa na ta’y pugsanay
Ay’na lang
Ay’na ko’g atika
Pero atik ra ha, ha”


10. Cebuana

By Karencitta

A YouTube hit with more than 14 million views. This pop song which is a mix of Cebuano and English have made the Cebuano language extend its reach internationally. Either you understand the lyrics or not, the upbeat song will make you dance to its beat.

Iconic Lyrics:

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“You really need a Cebuana
I’m more than a summertime lover, uh, uh
Ari ba! Ari ba! Ari ba!
Grabiha! Grabiha! Grabiha! baby
You really need a Cebuana”

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Marel Baluyos
Marel Baluyos
"Cebu is my always."

Chemical Engineer / Associate Editor | Bantayan Island, Cebu

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