Languages of the PhilippinesLanguages of the Philippines

Filipino is the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, is an official language; designated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.  Filipino is in practice almost completely composed of the Tagalog as spoken in the capital, Manila.

View some of the well-known Philippine proverbs in different dialects.

Philippine Ethnolinguistic Groups

Eight Major Language Groups:
  1. Tagalog
  2. Pampango / Kapampangan
  3. Bikol / Bicolano
  4. Iloko / Ilokano
  5. Pangasinan
  6. Hiligaynon
  7. Waray
  8. Cebuano
32 Minority Language Groups:
  1. Ivatan
  2. Ibanag
  3. Isinay
  4. Isneg
  5. Tinguian
  6. Kankanay
  7. Kalinga
  8. Igorot
  9. Bontoc
  10. Ifugao
  11. Tina Sambal
  12. Mangyan
  13. Calamian-Tagbanua
  14. Maranao
  15. Maguindanao
  16. Tausug
  17. Blaan
  18. T'boli
  19. Mandaya
  20. Manuvu
  21. Ilianen-Manobo
  22. Bagobo
  23. Ata Manobo
  24. West Bukidnon
  25. Manobo
  26. Samal
  27. Yakan
  28. Subanun
  29. Tagakaulo-Kalagan
  30. Sama Pangataran
  31. Chavacano
  32. Tiruray

Philippine Major Foreign Languages

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Mandarin Chinese
  4. Arabic