Children's Stories
By Gigo Alampay & Daniel Palma Tayona
Artworks by Renato Barja, Jr.

The Blind Busker

Ang Bulag na Mag-aawit

“I used to sing in front of the church, but Father Ben only likes old folk songs. You know, the kind you don’t hear over the radio anymore.

Kuya Benjie, the organist, also doesn’t like it when I sing there on Sundays. He says if I don’t join the choir, then I should find somewhere else to sing.

So now, I sing here in the market. More people pass by here, and my tin can gets a lot more coins… even paper bills!

Aling Mameng also gives me free coffee. She says my singing makes her mornings more cheerful.”


“Dati akong kumakanta sa harap ng simbahan, pero mga lumang tugtugin lang ang gusto ni Father Ben. Alam mo na, yung mga di mo na maririnig ngayon sa radyo.

Di rin gusto ni Kuya Benjie, ang organista, na nandoon ako tuwing Linggo. Kung di raw ako sasali sa koro, humanap raw ako ng ibang lugar na mapagkakantahan.

Kaya naman lumipat ako rito sa palengke. Mas maraming tao ang dumaraan, at mas napupuno ang aking lata … may perang papel pa!

May libreng kape pa ako kay Aling Mameng. Ang pagkanta ko raw ang nagpapasaya ng kanyang umaga.”


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