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Ibong Adarna: Summary English and Tagalog Versions

Updated on May 12, 2016

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In this hub are the English and Tagalog versions summary of the famous epic from the Philippine literature, Ibong Adarna.

About Ibong Adarna. Ibong Adarna is a mythical story, formed in narrative song and poetry called corrido and considered a big part of the Philippine literature, usually studied as part of the secondary curriculum in the country. The author of this fantastic story still remains unknown and uncertain. Some said that the author was Spanish because it has been written when the Spaniards ruled the Philippines. During those times, Ibong Adarna was known as Corrido at Buhay na Pinagdaanan nang Tatlong Principeng Magcacapatid na Anac nang Haring Fernando at nang Reina Valeriana sa Cahariang Berbania. Other critiques said that it has been written by Jose dela Cruz, a great poet here also known as Huseng Sisiw. This amazing folklore is about love, sacrifice and fantasy. Ibong Adarna literally means Adarna Bird. The story centers about catching the mythical bird that possesses magical powers. The Adarna bird is so beautiful and could change in a lot of stunning forms. It is very much hard to catch. It knows a total of seven songs which could either enchant anyone to sleep, turn into stone or heal a deadly sickness. Which is why the almost dying King Fernando of Berbania tasked his three sons to catch the magical bird. That’s where the story begins…

Ibong Adarna Characters

King Fernando

Queen Valeriana

Don Pedro

Don Diego

Don Juan

Donya Juana

Donya Leonora

Donya Maria Blanca

King Salermo

Ibong Adarna Summary in English

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom named, Berbania. It was ruled by King Fernando and Queen Valeriana who had three sons – Don Pedro (first born), Don Diego (second) and Don Juan (the youngest).

One night, King Fernando had a bad dream. He saw that his youngest Prince and his favorite, Don Juan was thrown away in a creepy deep well. The King started to get weak for some unknown reasons. It seemed that nothing could bring back his healthy condition. His medical advisors told him that the only cure to his unexplained sickness is a lullaby sung by the Adarna bird.

So King Fernando tasked his three sons to hunt the magical bird. Don Pedro went first but he wasn’t successful. He may have reached Mount Tabor and the tree of Piedras Platas where the Adarna bird nested but the prince fell asleep after hearing the bird’s song. Worse he turned into a stone when the lovely bird pooped on him. The second prince, Don Diego went to hunt next. Unfortunately, he had the same bitter chance like his older brother. The kingdom was counting on Don Juan, so he went next.

The youngest prince has climbed through Mount Tabor. He met a very old sick man who gave him tips about the magical tree of Piedras Platas and catching the Adarna bird. Don Juan successfully caught the bird and helped his two brothers to be human again. Because of envy and greed of power, the two joined forces to beat Don Juan to death and throw him in a deep well. The two then returned home with the Adarna. However, the king’s illness went worse because the bird never sang a single song.

Luckily, Don Juan’s strength returned. He has been healed by the poor old man he helped in the mountain. He came back to the Kingdom of Berbania. King Fernando has known the truth when the bird started singing after seeing Don Juan. The King went well and stronger than ever. He wanted to punish his two sons but Don Juan asked his father to just forgive them. The King granted his request and asked the three princes to guard the Adarna bird. Because of Don Pedro, the bird flew away and escaped. Don Juan went away from the kingdom so the king won’t punish his brother.

King Fernando asked the two princes to look for Don Juan. They found him in the kingdom of Armenia. They decided to live there. One day they found an interesting well. Only Don Juan went down inside successfully. He found two lovely princesses, Donya Juana and Donya Leonora captive by a giant serpent. Because of his skills in fighting, the mighty prince has killed the serpent and saved the two princesses. Don Pedro envied the young prince. He cut the rope when the prince went down inside the well to get the ring Donya Leonora has forgotten. Anyway, it was easy for Don Diego to make Donya Juana to fall in love with him. So when they came back to Berbania, they married. On the other hand, Don Pedro did everything to pursue Donya Leonora but he failed.

An enchanted fox helped Don Juan and he was quickly healed. The Adarna bird appeared suddenly and told him about the princess of Reyno delos Cristales, his love destiny. He immediately searched for the princess and found out about the cruel King Salermo. In spite of the obstacles the cruel king has given him, he faced them all and succeeded with the help of Maria Blanca, daughter of King Salermo. Because of the selfish king, the two tried to escape. Maria Blanca was cursed to be crawling like a snail and be forgotten by the prince Don Juan.

Don Juan has returned to Berbania where he was welcomed by his mother, Queen Valeriana and Princess Leonora. He has forgotten about Maria Blanca because of Princess Leonora. Don Juan and Princess Leonora were scheduled to wed. At the day of the wedding, Maria Blanca visited wearing the emperatris. She tried to bring back all the memories and remind Don Juan about their love. Finally, Don Juan and Princess Maria Blanca got married while Princess Leonora married Don Pedro. In the end, Don Pedro became the new king of Berbania while Don Juan became the king of Reyno delos Cristales.

Ibong Adarna in Tagalog

Looking for the summary of Ibong Adarna in Tagalog? I have found the best summary in Filipino of this amazing epic. Because you love reading my hubs, I gave you two useful links. Here they are:

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    • Someone 2 weeks ago

      I can't seem to find the tagalog versions

    • haha 2 months ago

      Thanks for posting this! It helped me get through this semester! :D

    • black rose 16 4 months ago

      **It somehow helped me on my report in school about Ibong Adarna**Thanks A Lot**:-)

    • Carenjoy 4 months ago

      Thanks for the summary, you really helped us a lot in our study of the Philippine literature.. More Power and God Bless!!

    • Pinoy Pride 10 months ago

      Maganda po yung storya Congrats po at thank you sa mga gumawa.


      Nice Story Congrats and Thank You to the people who put effort to this.

    • sweety male 10 months ago

      it is great

    • chloie jane 12 months ago

      hey may report na ako

    • farah alaine galuno 12 months ago

      ibong adarna is one of my favorite books that i always read... ^^

    • AlmyAdiong 15 months ago

      Wowwwwwwwwwww!!!! Its nice...

    • achivers 17 months ago

      salamat dito nagkaroon ako ng assignment thanks to the author

    • Ryan Troy M. Jose 22 months ago

      this story is very nice.... I think the more see this is very happy.... hahahah...

    • hi 22 months ago


    • may 2 years ago

      So good story

    • maria beauty camarievas 2 years ago

      thanks for this summary

    • fearless girl 2 years ago


    • neña nica 2 years ago

      thanks for the SUMMARY ! :))

    • justanotherstudent 2 years ago

      Thanks for the summary of this korido. I suggest you put more details (the ones worth taking a note) for others to understand the story better.

    • sunako 2 years ago

      it was so nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it

    • rickinn 2 years ago

      ilove ...............this.................0000000

    • Austin 2 years ago

      I am a freshman and my teacher wants us to read this book. And once I am in the middle part, so exciting. And by the way, nice summary. But put some important notes too.

    • ewan ko 3 years ago

      what are you saying

    • ate budang 3 years ago

      hey twentyfive why won't you use twenty=two it's a nice story created by juan dela cruz

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      Contact me thru Facebook at My name is Fehl Dungo

    • blel 3 years ago

      hello po, pwede ko po ba gamitin ung summary for our game? Capstone Project po kasi namin at naisip namin gawan ng game ung Ibon adarna, san po ba pwedeng magpaalam. naLink naman na po namin ung website nyo. salamat

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      I'm glad thanks!

    • crisha 3 years ago

      wow..............this page help me a lot!!!!thanks..................................

    • love 3 years ago

      i love this story

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Totally agree! Wanna read this story again this Thanksgiving

    • daphne 4 years ago

      Correct this is very nice story about the philipines

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      One of the best Filipino fairytales

    • alex 4 years ago

      it was so interesting legend

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Glad you loved it. Ibong Adarna has always been interesting

    • spongebob 4 years ago

      i love it!!!!!

      ok na kahit mataas ang story!!! :) lol XD XP

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      really enchanting and beautiful

    • eman 4 years ago

      it so beautiful story.

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      I love Ibong Adarna. :)

    • jorge 4 years ago

      ice story

    • Michelle Omac 4 years ago


    • abigail 4 years ago

      nice story !

    • Denver jabat 4 years ago

      nice story........

      thanks for rhis intresting story..........

      thanks again..........

      very nice story .it's one of my favorites

      this is great the story is very nice the ibong adarn ang nagpalaki ng saya at makabuluhang kuwento na may matututunan o aral w/the end STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      thanks for writing the summary so now i can do my project and we can use it as our story in the play were working on.

    • oldo 4 years ago

      nice story :D

    • usmanjin 4 years ago

      nice story........

      thanks for rhis intresting story..........

      thanks again..........

    • pilipinaako 4 years ago

      very nice story .it's one of my favorites

    • rodel molina 4 years ago

      i llyk dis story..fantastic

    • sheera sumatra 4 years ago

      wow...its nice story....

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      the Tagalog versions are posted in the article. I have included 2 for that.

    • ashley mae tangon 4 years ago

      its so mice but i want tagalog version thank


    • lovely rain enriquez 4 years ago

      sobrang ganda ng history na to,parang aqo,joke,ang masasabi ko lang ay sobrang supernatural...........

    • ladog 4 years ago

      ang ganda sobra

    • ChristopherMalonzo 4 years ago

      this is great the story is very nice the ibong adarn ang nagpalaki ng saya at makabuluhang kuwento na may matututunan o aral w/the end STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • christophermalonzo 4 years ago

      this story is very nice

    • khin 4 years ago

      nakakainspire ang story ng ibong adarn!!!!!!!!!

    • rachelle 5 years ago

      i want ibong adarna so romantic!!!!!!!!!!!

      so fantastic hehehehehe

      way may lain

    • paulyn macaya 5 years ago

      anq saya-saya basahin noh

      pranq totoo..

    • Moks 5 years ago

      it so bad no tagalog

    • erna 5 years ago

      i like to find guy like don juan ........

    • Joseph Emilsan B. Valleja 5 years ago

      I dont Like this It seems me boring

    • chay 5 years ago

      I like the story of the adarna bird......:)

    • 5 years ago

      woww very very nice story.

    • joseph garde 5 years ago

      can someone answer, what feet is mount tabor????

      i just forgot it... thanks

    • kikang apolinar 5 years ago

      so nice nakaka tanggal damdamin

    • grace danielle 5 years ago

      nice story....:)

    • anya :) 5 years ago

      this is really useful! thanks! :)

    • melody 5 years ago

      so beautiful story

    • dana jane 5 years ago


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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      @Andrei - read the article..the author of Ibong Adarna is still unknown..But the author of this translation is me. :)

      @Jill -Enjoy the play..Good luck with your group. :)

    • jill@27 5 years ago

      thanks for writing the summary so now i can do my project and we can use it as our story in the play were working on.

    • Andrei 5 years ago

      I have an assignment i didn't find who are the Author?

    • Alejandro :) 5 years ago

      how beautiful;; i very like this epic story

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      @Bea Duenas - It's a pleasure :) Bless ya!

      @Marea - It's the summary. The whole epic is a book. It's the shortest in the web so far. I made the effort writing this. Thanks for the comment.

    • marea framcise reyes 5 years ago

      sabi nla,summary it's not summary it's already a long story

    • bea dueñas 5 years ago

      thamks a lot my dear author. you help me a lot... more power!

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Yup like your song Firework lol

    • KATY PERY 5 years ago

      what a nice story hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      thanks Katy Perry lol

    • sammuel sumande 5 years ago

      hi ADARNA BIRD is my favorite fable i like it ;)

    • carlo villar 5 years ago

      sana maraming maglike sa story na ito

      ganda ksi eh:)hehe!

    • nesa 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing the story about "ibong adarna" from the philippines.

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      Emma 5 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice summary that is very very cool and i really enjoyed it.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      It's a mythical bird from the story above that is known to heal sickness and strange healthy conditions. Ibong Adarna can transform to anything and is known to fool bad people. Its songs can make you fall asleep and it can shit on you to turn you into a stone.

    • noime 5 years ago

      what is ibong adarna...?

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Hi Betty :) Yup, Ibong Adarna has a very intricate story. Probably that's why it became a subject in the secondary school. It's a narrative song but love to read it from the beginning til the end as the story unfolds to conflict and climax again and again. It's a pleasure to share such creative story. God bless..

      Hi Kashmir! Yup, it's fascinating. Hope they made an English version of this by chapters so people could enjoy reading more. :) Thank you.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive thank you for sharing this awesome hub, it was both fascinating and interesting to read !

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      Betty Johansen 5 years ago

      What an intricate story! I'm glad it has a happy ending - I was beginning to worry. It seems that every culture has its fairy tales, myths, and legends. Thank you for sharing this fascinating one from the Philippines.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Thanks Prof. A. I loved this folktale when I was in highschool :)

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I'm delighted to read of a story of the fabled Don Juan as the hero and honorable lover.;)

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