Filipino? Tagalog? Pilipino?

The basis for the Philippine national language is Tagalog, which had primarily been spoken only in Manila and the surrounding provinces when the Commonwealth constitution was drawn up in the 1930s. That constitution provided for a national language, but did not specifically designate it as Tagalog because of objections raised by representatives from other parts of the country where Tagalog was not spoken. It merely stated that a national language acceptable to the entire populace (and ideally incorporating elements from the diverse languages spoken throughout the islands) would be a future goal. Tagalog, of course, by virtue of being the lingua franca of those who lived in or near the government capital, was the predominant candidate.

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Kapampangan or Capampan͠gan refers to the language and people of Pampanga province. It is also known as Pampango or Pampangueño. A woman from Pampanga is called a Pampangueña.

Kapampangan ka ba?
Are you a native of Pampanga?

Marunong ka bang magsalita ng Kapampangan?
= Marunong ka bang mangapampangan?
Do you know how to speak Capampangan?

Note that Kapampangan is not a mere dialect, but a language very distinct from Tagalog.

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National Symbols of the Philippines

Pambansang Awit: Lupang Hinirang (the entire song is translated into English as “Land of the Morning“). National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

Pambansang Ibon: Agila ng Pilipinas (Pithecophaga jeffery)
National Bird: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffery)

Kalabaw / Carabao
Kalabaw / Carabao

Pambansang Hayop: Kalabaw (Bubalus bubalis)
National Animal: Carabao (Bubalus bubalis)

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Mga Kalihim (Cabinet Secretaries)

Mga Kagawaran at Kalihim ng Pamahalaang Pilipinas

This page is currently being updated due to the transition to the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte in mid-2016. There are still a few departments that need to be added.

Gabinete ng Pilipinas

Ang mga kalihim ng Gabinete ay inaatasang payuhan ang Pangulo sa iba’t ibang gawain ng estado.

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Official Holidays in the Philippines 2017

Labor Day in the Philippines is celebrated ever year on May 1st, which in 2017 falls on a Monday.

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Basic Cebuano Phrases

Sebuwano is a language very distinct from Tagalog, but we get enough inquiries about Cebuano that we decided to list a few basic phrases.

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In the English language, the word Filipino often refers to something from or related to the Philippines.

For examples:

  • Filipino cuisine – food associated with the Philippines
  • Filipino people – ethnic group that identifies with the Philippines
  • Filipino language – national language of the Philippines
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    Ilocano or Ilokano

    Ilocano is a language very distinct from Tagalog. Variously spelled as Ilocano, Ilokano, Ilukano, Ilucano, Iluko, Iloco or Iloko, it is the third most-spoken language in the Philippines. Continue reading “Ilocano or Ilokano”