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”



mga diyalekto

Many ignorant people, even Filipinos who should know better, frequently refer to Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan as “dialects” of the Philippines. This is very, very wrong!!!

Tausug, Ivatan, HiligaynonTagalog, Ilokano, Bisaya, Sinama, Bikol, Chabacano, Akeanon, Bajaw, and Kapampangan are NOT mere dialects. Each is a distinct language.

Would you refer to Italian as a dialect of Spanish? No!!! Do you refer to Dutch as a dialect of German? No!!!
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Biag ni Lam-ang (Summary)

Ilocano: Biag ni Lam-ang
Tagalog: Buhay ni Lam-ang

BIAG NI LAM-ANG (Life of Lam-ang) is a pre-Hispanic epic poem of the Ilocano people of the Philippines. The story was handed down orally for generations before it was written down around 1640 assumedly by a blind Ilokano bard named Pedro Bucaneg.
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Pamulinawen (Ilocano Song)

Pamulinawen is a folk song in Ilocano, a language distinct from Tagalog.

Pamulinawen is the name of a woman to whom the man is singing.

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This Filipino word derives from the Spanish word hermana, meaning sister.

older sister

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Manang Biday (Ilocano Song)

Manang Biday is a famous Ilocano song.

Please note that Ilocano is a language that’s distinct from Tagalog. The song title refers to an “older sister” whose name is Biday.

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Dungdunguen Kanto (Ilocano Song)

Duayya ni Ayat (Lullaby of Love) is an Ilocano song that is popularly known by its first line Dungdungwen Kanto (I Will Love You), also spelled Dungdunguen Canto.

Ilocano is another language of the Philippines; it is not Tagalog.


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This is actually not a native Tagalog word, but a Filipino word from Ilocano, a language completely distinct from Tagalog. It is heard widely enough throughout the Philippines that many, if not most, Filipinos know what it means.

younger sibling

younger friend

Alagaan mo ang mga ading mo.
Take care of your younger friends/sibs.
(Tagalog sentence with Ilocano word)

The Tagalog equivalent could be nakababatang kapatid (younger sibling) or nakakabatang kaibigan (younger friend). Basically, an ading is anyone younger than you.