It originated during the Spanish Time here in the Philippines. It is said that the song acts as a protest song for the Filipino women.
The meaning of the song is this: during that time, some women are selling their own bodies (prostitutes) to the Spanish colonizers (the military, especially, the friars) with exchange for money and food.The lyrics of the song could be a proof.Understand it carefully.
Read the lyrics and there are phrases such as "Nagwas de-ohetes ang palalabasin; haharap sa altar at mananalamin" ..naguas de ohetes is like an underskirt...and it is shown in front of the altar?..."At saka lalakad na pakendeng-kendeng"...like she is seducing...and a Filipina that time is known for their "mahinhin" factor... (source: WikiAnswers)
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