The Philippines is home to many different languages. many still being spoken today. This is the beauty of our culture, the dynamic and colorful reality that envelopes our daily lives.
Here are some words that we have found unique and striking originating from Tagalog, Sebwano, Kapampangan, and many more.
Bakasakali, adverb – taking a risk, without any assurances
Dapithapon, noun – the time when the sun sets
Haraya, noun (Sebwano, Sinaunang Tagalog) – the ability of the mind to form images or concepts of external things not existent or not real.
Iral, noun (Kapampangan, Tagalog) – the existence of a being, action, or experience
Kasarinlan, noun – the capability to live on one’s own of a group, society, or country
Katha, noun (Sinaunang Tagalog) – created by the mind
Lambing, noun (Bikolano, Kapampangan, Tagalog) – action that is towards another, characterized by soft body movements and words
Liwayway, noun – the first coming into view of light or of the sun in the morning
Sibol, noun – the first growing of a planted seed
Silay, noun – a brief look
Source: UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino
(credits to Typist intern)