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Speak the Tongue of Strawberry Fields: Ilokano 101


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Choose Philippines | Jan 21, 2015

Xander (Enrique Gil), rebellious son of a hotel magnate, and Agnes (Liza Soberano), daughter of a strawberry farmer, crossed paths in the chilly mountains and started their love story — making us fall in love every evening as we watch the popular teleserye Forevermore. In this Romeo and Juliet type of love story, we may have heard in a scene or two lines spoken in another Philippine language.

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Ilokano (or Iloko) is the main language of Northern Luzon, site of the fictional La Presa (Sitio Pungayan in Tuba, Benguet). 

Win the heart of a strawberry farmer yourself with these common phrases in Ilokano:

Good morning - Naimbag nga agsapa
You're beautiful - Napintas ka
I miss you - Mailiw ak kenyam
I love you - Ayayaten ka
I am sorry - Pakawanen nak
Thank you - Agyaman ak
Goodbye - Agpakada ak
See you tomorrow - Agkita ta nu bigat
Merry Christmas - Naimbag nga Pascua
Happy New Year - Nargsah nga Baru a tawen

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Some of the Philippine provinces where the Ilocano language is spoken:


Kawayan Rice Terraces in Alangtin, Tubo, Abra


Old church ruins in Putdol, Apayao


Romantic Places in Baguio City


Woodcarvers in Tuba


Fang-od: The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist (Mambabatok) of Kalinga

Mountain Province


Ilocos Norte

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Ilocos Sur

Vigan: New7Wonders Cities

La Union

Surfing spot in Urbiztondo Beach, La Union

Cagayan Valley

Callao Cave System


Cape Bolinao
Hundred Islands, Lingayen


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