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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Known popularly as Ilonggo, the Hiligaynon language is spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines.  It is very distinct from Tagalog. Continue reading “Hiligaynon”


Visayan = from the Visayas, the central part of the Philippines consisting of many islands


Bisaya ka ba?
Are you Visayan?

Bisaya ang nanay nila.
Their mother is Visayan.

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Tigmo-Tigmo: Visayan Riddles

These Filipino riddles are in the Visayan language, not Tagalog. English translation is provided.

Visayan Riddle: Baboy sa lasang, ang tunok puro lansang.
English Translation: A wild pig of the forest is covered with spikes.



Visayan Riddle: Tigmo, tigmo agokoy, ugma ra kita magasoy
English Translation: Riddles made in the night will be answered in the morning light.



Visayan Riddle: Kabayo ni Adan, dili moka-on ug dili kabay-an.
English Translation: The horse of Adam does not eat unless someone rides on it.




Daigon is not a word in the Tagalog language, but in the Visayan group of languages, spoken primarily in the central part of the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Iloilo and Cebu.

Ano ang daygon?
What is a daygon?

Ang daygon ay mga Bisayang awit sa Pasko.
The daygon are Visayan songs at Christmas.

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Dandansoy (Visayan Song)

A popular Visayan folk song is Dandansoy. Note that this is not a Tagalog song. The Visayan language in which Dandansoy is most often sung is Hiligaynon Bisaya, also known as Ilonggo.

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Pasayawa Ko Day (Visayan Song)

Please note that this song is in Visayan, not Tagalog.

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Ako’y Pobreng Alindahaw

The Visayan word alindahaw normally means ‘drizzle’ (ambon in Tagalog), but in this song, it refers to a small, beautiful insect. Depending on the which part of the Visayas you’re in, it could be a butterfly, firefly or dragonfly.

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