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Lesson: Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o (My New Dress)

Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o

(My New Dress)


Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o (My New Dress) is a Cebuano rhyme in the Visayan language that my mother grew up hearing during her childhood in Cebu, Philippines.

my new dress

my new dressSpeaking Visayan

Visayan is one of many languages/dialects spoken in the Philippines. Generally speaking, Filipino languages use the same phonetic rules as Spanish. When introducing this song, keep these things in mind:


A is an ah sound like in Moana

E is an eh sound like in elephant

I is an ee sound like in feet

O is an oh sound like in open

U is an ooh sound like boo

Two vowels next to each other have a small glottal stop in between (e.g. gipaangay: gipa+angay)


The apostrophe between letters is a glottal stop, similar to the sound that you make when you say “uh-oh!”

R is a rolled r, almost sounding like a d

T is not an aspirated sound, a mix of a t and d


  • Introduce the song as a children’s rhyme from the Philippines. Explain that the rhyme is about all the new clothes and shoes.
  • Teach rhyme phrase by phrase with the below movements:
 Suggested Motion
Ang sinina ko’ng bag’o  With both hands, touch head and then shoulders.
Pinalit sa merkado  With both hands, touch knees and then toes.
Gitahi sa akong nanay  Place the right hand over heart and the left hand over the  right.
Kanako gipaangay  Left hand goes out, palm facing up as if holding a piece of cloth. The right hand pretends to sew.
May medyas, may laso  Move as if you are putting on one sock with two hands.  Then, move as if you are tying a string around the waist.
May sapatos ko’ng bag’o  Bring the left foot up and tap it with the right hand. Then, bring the right foot up and tap it with the left hand.
Parisan ug pitikot  With both hands, touch shoulders and then move as you are putting on a coat over the shoulders.
Sa dalan nag’igot ‘igot  Sway from side to side to show the new clothes to friends.
  • Teach the first half of ostinato “brand new dress and shoes, brand new dress and shoes” and have students clap the rhythm before transferring to woodblocks.
  • Teach the second half of ostinato “sway, twirl” and have students snap the rhythm before transferring to triangle.
  • You can ask students to change the last two words (“sway, twirl”) to other action words they’d use when getting brand new clothes.
  • While students are speaking the rhyme, the teacher speaks the words for the ostinato.
  • Split the classroom into three groups. Two groups will play woodblock and triangle and one group will speak the rhyme with movements.
  • Perform three times, so each group has a chance to speak the rhyme with movements or play each instrument.

Depending on your class and your classroom’s set of instruments, you can let your students choose which un-pitched instruments are appropriate for each ostinato.

Megann Sala

Megann Sala is a music education graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Since her time in school, she has been a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is currently a director for the Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, a community children’s chorus located in Honolulu. She is also a board member of the ACDA Hawaiʻi Chapter and the President of the Hawaii Orff-Schulwerk Association.

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  1. Holly Sylvester on May 5, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Is it possible to hear a recording of this song anywhere?

  2. Janna Urdahl on May 5, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I love this lesson, is there a way that she could sing this song or video it? Thank you Janna

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