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!

Babae ka pla.
So it turns out you’re a woman.

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.

to be blessed

Pagpalain ka ng Diyos.
May God bless you.

Ikaw pala ang ginagamit ng Diyos para pagpalain ako.
It turns out God was using you to bless me.

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

habitual drinker

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.