Here's How We Say "Good Day!" All Over The Philippines!
Choose Philippines | Aug 09, 2019
Regions primarily spoken: Central Visayas, Southern parts of Masbate, parts of Eastern Visayas, and most parts of Mindanao
Regions primarily spoken: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, Isabela, And Nueva Ecija
Regions Primarily Spoken: Western Visayas, Parts Of Masbate, And Northern Mindanao
Regions Primarily Spoken: Samar, Biliran, And Parts Of Leyte
Regions Primarily Spoken: Bicol, Parts Of Catanduanes, Burias Islands, And Masbate
Regions Primarily Spoken: Pampanga And Parts Of Tarlac And Bataan
Regions Primarily Spoken: Pangasinan, Benguet, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya, And Aurora
Regions Primarily Spoken: Sulu, Zamboanga, And Southern Palawan
Regions Primarily Spoken: Surigao, Dinagat Islands, And Parts Of Agusan Del Norte
Regions Primarily Spoken: Isabela And Cagayan
Regions Primarily Spoken: Mindanao (Koronadal, Sarangani, And Davao)
Regions Primarily Spoken: Batanes Islands
Regions Primarily Spoken: Southwest Mindanao (Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Davao, Cotabato, And Sultan Kudarat)
Regions Primarily Spoken: Zambales, Pangasinan, Metro Manila And Palawan
Regions Primarily Spoken: Benguet Province, Pangasinan, And Cordillera Central
Regions Primarily Spoken: Mindanao (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, And Sarangani)
Regions Primarily Spoken: Cavite, Sulu, And Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City, And Basilan
Regions Primarily Spoken: Ifugao And Luzon
Regions Primarily Spoken: Basilan Island
Regions Primarily Spoken: Mindanao And Lanao (Del Norte And Del Sur)
Regions Primarily Spoken: Iloilo, Antique Provinces, Aklan, And Capiz
Regions primarily spoken: Manila, Central and Southern Luzon, Marinduque, and parts of Mindoro
Toni Morrison once said that language may be the measure of our lives, a conduit for communication that is both invisible yet necessary. Words have always had a duality of power: to oppress and to release, to wound and to heal, to maim and to unite. It also is a receptacle of history, where the evolution of a spoken tongue illustrates the journey of a nation and its people.
An archipelago of 7,641 islands, the Philippines is home to 175+ local dialects, each with its own cultural and historical significance. This fact speaks of the rich history of the country and its dealings with a multitude of cultures. Most of the dialects were derived from Malayo-Polynesian roots, evidence of the ethnic ancestry of the pre-Hispanic population. Some harked from Arabic and Chinese influences, remnants of trade relations and shared histories with these cultures. Others were borrowed and assimilated from Spanish, a testament of the country's colonial narrative with Spain.
While Filipino and English are the official languages of the Philippines, it is interesting to note that the native tongues of the regions remain alive throughout the nation: in colloquial conversations and casual bantering amongst fellow Filipinos, in heartfelt speeches and emphatic greetings. Here, we've rounded up some of the ways Filipinos hail each other on the start of a new day, showcasing how the nation embodies unity in diversity in the way that their people speak.
Research and Art Cards: Kier Neil B. Francisco
Article Text: Mels Timan