PALA


The Tagalog word pala has many different meanings.


The most common meaning of pala is as an interjection expressing sudden realization. The stress is on the second syllable.

Ikaw palá!
So it's you!





With the stress on the first syllable, the Spanish-derived pala refers to a spade.


Palahin mo ito.
Shovel this.




Another native Tagalog meaning for pala refers to being blessed.

pinagpala
to be blessed


Pagpalain ka ng Diyos.
May God bless you.




As a prefix, pala- may connote something done habitually.

palainom
habitual drinker

palatawa
has the habit of laughing all the time

Palangiti ang mga Pinoy.
Filipinos are always smiling.

Palabigay ang nanay nila.
Their mother is a giver.


There are many other meanings for the Tagalog word pala.