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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Valentine’s Day Pickup Lines

Most Filipinos simply use the English phrase “Happy Valentine’s Day” on February 14. But if you wish to express your admiration in Tagalog, here are a few possible pickup lines. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Pickup Lines”

“You’re Beautiful” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘beauty’ is kagandahan.

Ang ganda mo!
You’re beautiful!

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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. It 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.’ Two people (a couple) are magkasintahan.
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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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MAMIMISS

This is a non-standard Filipino word derived from the English “miss” (as in “I miss you”).

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‘Forgive Me’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘forgiveness’ is patawad.

In casual situations, Filipinos use the English expression Sori.

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‘Do You Love Me?’

Mahal mo ba ako?
Do you love me?

Oo, mahal kita.
Yes, I love you.

Mahal na mahal kita.
I love you very much.

Mahal mo rin ba ako?
Do you love me too?

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