“A Filipino Hombre”


"There was once a Filipino hombre Who ate rice pescado y legumbre. His trousers were wide, and his shirt hung outside, And this, I may say, was costumbre." In mixed English and pidgin Spanish, the singer demeaningly describes the Filipino's family

Historical references

  • 1898 - The U.S. captures the Philippines from Spain. The Americans were unwilling to grant the islands independence, so many soldiers had to be sent to garrison the islands. Neither side had much regard for the other


  1. Sandburg, pp. 434-435, "A Filipino Hombre" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, San434


Author: Captain Lyman A. Cotten
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: political family death