As a pronoun, the Tagalog word balana is not commonly used by itself in Filipino conversation. It is however frequently encountered by students of Philippine schools in its conjugated form pambalana.
What is a common noun?
Ang pangngalang pambalana ay pangngalang nagsisimula sa maliit na titik na tumutukoy sa pangkalahatang ngalan ng tao, hayop, bagay, lugar, pangyayari at iba pa. A common noun is a noun that starts with a small letter and that refers to the general names of people, animals, things, places, events and others.
Kasama rin sa kategorya ng mga pangngalang pambalana ang mga basal na salita. Abstract words are also included in the category of common nouns.
Example of a common noun:
Example of a proper noun: