Confusing Philippine Dialects

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The national language of Cebu is Filipino or Tagalog, which is also the national language of the Philippines. However, the two official languages of the island are Tagalog and English. Sometimes, the local uses Taglish, which is a combination of the Tagalog and English.



The English that is being spoken in the island is the American English, which is also the other language used among the schools and the universities. The schools and universities used the Tagalog and English as part of their medium of instruction.

Bisaya funha ha

The dialect of Cebu is called as Cebuano or Bisaya. The dialect originated in Cebu and spread to the neighboring islands including the northern and eastern parts of the Mindanao.


The emergence of the national language in a mission to unite the whole country goes back to the year 1935. The article in the 1935 Constitution of the Philippines made the development of the language possible. The development of the national language was approved by the President Manuel L. Quezon.


The selection of the Filipino as the national language was finally settled in the 1987 Constitution. The Article XIV section 6 states that, “The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. It shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.” Section 7 states that, “For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English.”


Useful Cebuano phrases the locals teach visitors

Welcome = Maayong pag-abot

How are you = Kumusta na ka?

What’s your name = Unsa imo ngalan?

Nangutot ko = I farted

Bahug utot = stinking smell of fart



Bisaya is a dialect here in the Philippines. You should know that the Philippines has 8 major dialects, such as the Cebuano or Bisaya, Bikolano, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Tagalog, and Waray. The Cebuano or Bisaya is the dominant dialect in the southeastern Mindanao and of the Visayas.

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