The Philippines


The Philippines


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Filipino and English are the official languages of the Philippines. Up until the late 1980s, when president Aquino decreed the name change, the national language was known as Tagalog. With the name change also came the inclusion of more English and Spanish words and phrases as well as western letters and sounds such as j, c, x, z, and f. In Manila and many other cities, the people speak English very well. In the more rural areas and the slums, it is more difficult to find someone who speaks proper English.

Words in Filipino

  • Hello: Kumustá
  • Good morning: Umaga
  • Good evening: Gabí
  • Bye: Babay
  • Yes: Oo
  • No: Hindí
  • Please: Lang
  • Thank you: Salamat
  • You’re welcome: Waláng anumán
  • Excuse me: So


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Philippines - What to see & what to do?

The Philippines is made up of 7107 (!) islands of which only around 2000 are inhabited. In the Philippines you will find endless white, sandy beaches, great diving and snorkelling waters, stunning rice terraces and plenty great walking tracks and volcanoes to climb. The island nation has a rich cultural heritage, however, it suffers from great economic inequality which is something to be aware of as a visitor. If you plan to visit the Philippines, have a look at the tips and activities below.


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