Tuko and the Birds is about Tuko, the gecko who cries so loud that the birds stop singing and cannot sleep.
isang uri ng butiki na isinigaw ang kanyang pangalan
a type of big lizard that shouts out its own name
Note that the English word “gecko” comes from the Indonesian-Malay gēkoq, which is imitative of the sound the animals make.
The name tuko comes from the sound of its hoarse cry, often as loud as the bark of a dog. According to Philippine folklore, whenever a tuko swallows anything, it calls its own name five times. Many Filipinos believe these geckos bring good luck, and some children keep them as pets.
kapit-tuko: holding on very tight, like a gecko on the ceiling defying gravity