Filipino Love Poetry

Filipinos refer to a ‘love poem’ as tula sa pag-ibig, tula ng pag-ibig or tulang pag-ibig.

tula ng pag-ibig
poem of love

tulang pag-ibig
love poem

tula sa pag-ibig
poem on love

Here is a partial list of Tagalog poems available for reading on this website:

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Florante at Laura

Florante at Laura is a Philippine literature classic written in the nineteenth century by Francisco Baltazar (1788-1862), better known by his pen name Balagtas. It is a romance in Tagalog verse. What earns it a distinguished place in the literary canon is that it was written in the most beautiful Tagalog at a time when the dominant language of educated Filipinos was Spanish. Balagtas wrote it while in prison in the 1830s.

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TULA: Ang Tren

Tagalog poem written by Jose Corazon de Jesus

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Isang Dipang Langit

The title of this poem by Amado V. Hernandez can be translated into English as A Piece of Heaven. Signed in Muntinlupa Prison on April 22, 1952.

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Singsing ng Pag-ibig

Tulang Maigsi

Ang maikling tula na ito ay sinulat umano ng makata nang inip na inip na ng kahihintay sa isang katipan na ‘di dumalo sa tagpuan.

This short Tagalog poem was reportedly written by Jose dela Cruz when he had become bored waiting for someone to arrive at their meeting place.

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Short Tagalog Poem on Beauty

Halimbawa ng tulang maigsi

In this short Tagalog poem, the poet is addressing a young woman in her teens, rhapsodizing about how akin to that of a princess her inner and outer beauty is.

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Maikling Tula ng Pag-ibig

Halimbawa ng Maikling Tula ng Pag-ibig

This short Tagalog poem was written by Clodualdo del Mundo. It was inspired by the Japanese haiku form.

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This short Tagalog poem is from the early 20th century.

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