Philippine Literature / Philippine History: Story summary and English translation of the lyric poem or narrative poem by Philippines’ writer Huseng Sisiw – Ibong Adarna (The Adarna Bird).

Ibong Adarna (The Adarna Bird) Story Summary

The kingdom of Berbanya was headed by King Fernando. He is famous even beyond the kingdom, and he is well loved by his subjects. He was a very understanding and just king. Half of his heart belongs to Queen Valeriana, who, besides beautiful, is also kind hearted.

Early on, the king taught his sons the things that the royal bloodlines should know about. He was achieving the dreams and joys of his life and there was nothing more that he could ask. But one day..

There was turmoil in the entire kingdom, because a terrible sickness befell the king, due to a terrible nightmare. The only cure for the king’s illness was the song of the bird called Adarna.. This bird lived in the mountain of Tabor, nesting on the tree of Piedras Platas. It was said that only in the night-times that the Adarna bird could be spotted there.

When the king found out about the cure, he assigned Don Pedro the task. So Don Pedro brought everything he needed to fulfill his mission for his father. He reached the Tabor mountain, but failed as he was turned into a livingstone!

And the kingdom was disheartened, and worried when Don Pedro didn’t return to the palace. So next the king ordered his second son Don Diego, but Don Diego also suffered the same fate as Don Pedro.

And because the king loved so much his youngest son Don Juan, he hesitated. Nonetheless Don Juan loved his father so much so he went towards Tabor Mountain, without even a horse but with just five loaves of bread and his unfailing faith to the Lord Almighty.

Four months Don Juan traveled. And when he reached the top of Tabor Mountain, he met an old leprosy man who was very hungry. Don Juan pitied him and gave the old man his last piece of bread. The old man was so happy, he almost kissed Don Juan and he gave him thanks. And not only that, because of his gratitude, the old man gave Don Juan the directions to the Hermit’s house – the Hermit who could help Don Juan capture the Adarna bird.

It didn’t take long for Don Juan to find the house of the Hermit. And when the mysterious Hermit recognized Don Juan, he gave Don Juan everything he needed to capture the Adarna bird. The Hermit also instructed Don Juan that for every song of the Adarna bird, Don Juan must wound his palm with a knife and drop some lime juice on the wound so that the pain wouldn’t let him sleep, and he wouldn’t turn into a stone, just like his brothers, who received the droppings of the magical bird while they were sleeping.

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  • mishee on May 5, 2010

    nice share. it will be a lot of help especially for first year HS students studying Ibong Adarna as part of Filipino subject.

  • MARY ANNE on Aug 16, 2010

    oh.. sow nice story… beautiful story AMAZING

  • sharwimn on Aug 23, 2010

    wow many stories in the phil. thats great

  • nifarian on Aug 23, 2010

    Thats right it is very nice story…..!!!!!!!!!!
    like me im first year student we have a lesson about ibong adarna….

  • Gail on Aug 23, 2010

    We are copying it right now. :]

  • Camille Toralba on Aug 23, 2010

    weeeehhh.. such a beautiful story..!! i am copying it right now. ^_^

    I-st. Ma. Goretti batch 2010-2011

    itxx xo nice nad pretty..!! watever..


  • Camille Toralba on Aug 23, 2010

    weeeehhh.. such a beautiful story..!! i am copying it right now.

  • Camille Toralba on Aug 23, 2010

    Such a beautiful story .

  • cam on Aug 23, 2010

    Hey, I’m Cyndel.
    We are just going to copy it with my friends!
    hahahaha :D :D :D :D

  • francis on Aug 25, 2010

    i like this ,, it help me in my project hehehehehe!!!! B)

  • lil 27 on Sep 2, 2010

    the ibong adarna story is a kind of inspiration of each people who read it.. this is my assignment.. how wonderful..

  • apostol 27 on Sep 2, 2010

    the ibong adarna story is a kind of inspiration of each people who read it.. this is my assignment.. how wonderful..

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  • almera on Sep 18, 2010

    thz storywz soooo lovely and fantastic………nakk2long 2 the 1styr 2 get more info

  • vannesa on Sep 21, 2010

    thanks a lot but i think it doesn’t explain what happen to the kingdom and to the king.

  • belladonna on Sep 22, 2010

    ha ha ha ha nkakainis aact kami ng the adarna bird but its ok becauze its so very funny and special for high school student

  • Gaudioso Ortega on Sep 24, 2010

    It’s a great privilege to leave a comment:

    In short, this story “Ibong Adarna” is a very strange story. Why? It dials to three worlds. which two of them is familiar; 1). Material world, 2). Spiritual world and 3). Abstract world

    Abstract world is in the middle of Material world and Spiritual world.

    Like this; Kingdom of Bervania refers to Material world.
    Reino delos Cristales refers to Abstract world. while
    Mount of Tavor refers to Spiritual world.

    The ultimate solution of the material world problem was
    brought from (makukuha sa) Spiritual world. At upang makarating dito ang biyaya ng Spiritual world ay kinakailangang makatawid din naman sa Abstract world.

    Sa practical ay ganito;.tayo sa Material world ay kinakailangang kumapit sa dalawang gabay ng Democrasya
    meaning to across the bridge with two railing(bridge/ Reino delos Cristales/Abstract world) we have two leaders to lead us.
    President George Washington sa panig ng Representative Democracy at Friend and Lord Jesus Christ sa panig ng Direct Democracy

    Sa ganito sa katapusan ng kwento ay magiging happy ending.

  • Laila Shareena Bangloy Burgos on Oct 1, 2010

    Eow phoufw ! . . . . . . . . . .dis is shan

    Adarna brd s2ry is su… Awesome n fantastic
    n im so hapy coz i we can solve our grup activity in english

    dis s2ry also helps 1st yir student like me in duing our outputs in skul

    thanks . . . . . . . . . .

  • russell on Oct 7, 2010

    ,hahaha!!! ,thanks to you ,dahil sayo nagawa ko ang proj. ko hahaha!!!

  • princess on Oct 7, 2010

    WOW!ang galing nakagawa ako ng proj.ko hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EmZiE on Oct 12, 2010

    tnx fuh talaga dito at nagawa ko ang script namin para sa aming project………………………..


  • jOgI!!!! on Oct 14, 2010



  • Jogi Terese on Oct 14, 2010

    hay salamat talaga dahil nakagawa kami ng project tungkul sa ibong adarna….


  • jaimemragos on Oct 14, 2010

    A nice story of bravery, humility, purity of heart, kindheartedness, forgiveness to loved ones. It is good for the kids. I heard this story when I was a kid in “Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang” over RP’s DZRH.

  • akotoh :) on Jan 3, 2011

    GANDA teh! XDD

  • Leo on Jan 9, 2011

    wow!! thx this is my filipino project!

  • paul? on Jan 18, 2011

    ang ganda namn niyan ehh??

  • jackson on Jan 24, 2011

    very good story!!!!!!!!

  • Edzil Seares on Jan 28, 2011

    !!!! Nice!!!!

  • Stephanie on Feb 2, 2011

    It is so helpful to students in their assignment..

  • Barney on Feb 3, 2011

    Thank you for posting this, I’m grateful that there is at least an English version to help me understand this. :)

  • Jose Andrew R. Santos on Feb 12, 2011

    Ang Ganda ng Ibong Adarna! :D

  • michelle on Feb 17, 2011

    ang ganda talaga nang ibon adarna noh…..

  • mary rose gaudicos 1-rose in calape national high school on Feb 26, 2011

    hi,ito poh c mary rose gaudicos at zenaida aladad ang comments lang namin sa kwento ng ibong adarna ay marami kaming nakukuhang kmsta sa nman sa guro nmin sa filipino. na c maam cagasan. have a nice day\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’

  • sacura09 on Mar 5, 2011

    maganda na

  • bernadeth on Jun 28, 2011

    nice story, thats great this is the story was proud to read.

  • @jrr91 on Jun 29, 2011

    the adarna bird….was soo nice story..

  • corinne tamogachi on Jul 25, 2011

    it is a beautify story for me and napanood ko sya sa live in trece martires cavite

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  • gino on Aug 24, 2011

    :) :0 :p

  • paul on Aug 27, 2011

    thnx for my ass

  • azze neaj apyap on Aug 31, 2011

    way mga pulos

  • hahehihohu on Sep 5, 2011

    ganda naman ng story parang kuwento, haha just joking pero maganda talaga siya!

  • laira on Sep 6, 2011

    Superb Ihrer Website

  • michelle on Sep 7, 2011

    yeah….!its so nice tlga cant believe that this my assignment for now..and its a good story..:)

  • Ür mHiNe_22 on Sep 21, 2011

    beautiful story! !
    >>like! !
    <3 <3 <3

  • kelvin on Sep 22, 2011

    Wla pu bng script…….?????

  • markvincent solaon on Oct 5, 2011

    yes………….nagawa q unga proj ng kapatid q

  • 123456prex on Oct 10, 2011

    may proj……… me

  • michaela diaz on Oct 13, 2011

    nice story i’ll really really love it so much

  • Gail Reyes on Oct 15, 2011

    love it!

  • business internships on Nov 23, 2011

    very beautiful poem.

  • justine rey balbin on Feb 26, 2012

    are you sure? is beautiful or cute ?

  • @evan on Oct 11, 2012

    thank you for this i really need it to my english literature…..thank you very much..

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