Say “I Love You” in Tagalog

Mahal kita.
I love you.
(most common)

Iniibig kita.
I love you.
(dramatic, only for lovers)

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How to Say “Lover”

There are many ways of saying ‘lover’ in Tagalog.

In popular usage, a kalaguyo means a lover outside marriage. Your wife is your asawa (‘spouse’) or misis, while the other woman is the kalaguyo. Sounds wicked in Tagalog.

Another Tagalog word for ‘mistress’ is kerida from the Spanish querida, meaning a cherished one. It sounds nice in Spanish, but not in Tagalog!

A kasintahan is someone with whom you have promised love. There is no sexual connotation to this word, which sounds very pure and beautiful and sparkly in Tagalog. It derives from the root word sinta, an old-fashioned term for ‘love.’
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Asking a Filipina for a Date

Puwede ba kitang tawagan?
=Pwede ba kitang tawagan?
Can I call you?

Anong “pon namber” mo?
What’s your phone number?

Labas tayo minsan.
Let’s go out sometime.

Gusto mo bang manood ng sine?
Would you like to go watch a movie?

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Top 10 Romantic Tagalog Phrases for Filipinas

Want to impress your Filipina girlfriend or wife?

Make an effort to learn a few romantic words and phrases in Tagalog!


Mahal kita. = I love you.

This is the most common way of saying ‘I Love You.’ This phrase can be used with anyone, from your grandfather (Mahal kita, Lolo) to your child (Mahal kita, Anak).


Iniibig kita. = I love you.

This is a very dramatic way of declaring your love for someone. A bit old-fashioned, but it’s the sort of phrase you use with an object of romantic affections.


Miss kita. = I miss you.

Filipinos have incorporated a lot of English words into their vocabulary, including the verb for missing someone’s presence. If you really, really miss someone, you can say either one of the following sentences:

Miss kita talaga. = I really miss you.

Miss na miss kita. = I really miss you.

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Flirting in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for a woman’s ‘flirtation’ is alembong.

Here are a few nice and simple Tagalog words and phrases you can use on the person you’ve got eyes on. 🙂

Magandang umaga.
Good morning.

Ang ganda ng panahon, no?
Isn’t the weather nice?

Ano ang pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

Saan ka nakatira?
Where do you live?

Puwede ba kitang tawagan?
May I call you?

Tawagan mo ako.
Call me.

Ang ganda mo!
You’re so beautiful.

Ang guwapo!
So handsome.

Ang bango mo.
You smell nice.

Ang ganda ng buhok mo.
Your hair’s beautiful.

Ang ganda ng suot mo.
You’re dressed nice.

Ang ganda ng kutis mo.
Your skin is beautiful.

Sobrang init!
My, it’s hot.

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Give Compliments in Tagalog

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“You’re Beautiful” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘beauty’ is kagandahan.

Ang ganda mo!
You’re beautiful!

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