BUGTONG-BUGTONG: 10 Filipino Riddles to Test Your Wits

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

A riddle, or Bugtong in Filipino, is a statement or question that directly requires a concrete answer or presents a puzzle whose hidden meaning has to be deciphered. The oldest preserved riddle is from ancient Mesopotamia, where it was inscribed in a Sumerian clay tablet from Lagash (B.C. 2350). (Click here to read more on the history of riddles)

Here are 10 Filipino riddles for you to test your wits. Can you decipher them all (without the help of Google, of course)?

Doing well so far? Answers for all the riddles are at the bottom of the page.

How many did you get right? Share this with your family and friends and be sure to use the hashtag #BuwanNgWika!


  1. Kandila

  2. Mga Mata

  3. Anino

  4. Paru-paro

  5. Mga daliri

  6. Unan

  7. Bibig

  8. Aso

  9. Saranggola

  10. Sampalok

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