from the Spanish word la mesa, meaning ‘the table’


To mean ‘table’, Filipinos interchangeably use the word mesa and the word lamesa (combining two Spanish words).

lamesang kahoy
wooden table

bagong lamesa
new table

The native Tagalog word for ‘table’ is hapág but these days Filipinos only use it in the compound word hapág-kainán, which means ‘dining table’ and it’s really no longer that common.