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.

Bakasali

Bakasakali, adverb – taking a risk, without any assurances

Dapithapon

Dapithapon, noun – the time when the sun sets

Haraya

Haraya, noun (Sebwano, Sinaunang Tagalog) – the ability of the mind to form images or concepts of external things not existent or not real.

Iral

Iral, noun (Kapampangan, Tagalog) – the existence of a being, action, or experience

Kasarinlan

Kasarinlan, noun – the capability to live on one’s own of a group, society, or country

Katha

Katha, noun (Sinaunang Tagalog) – created by the mind

Lambing

Lambing, noun (Bikolano, Kapampangan, Tagalog) – action that is towards another, characterized by soft body movements and words

Liwayway

Liwayway, noun – the first coming into view of light or of the sun in the morning

Sibol

Sibol, noun – the first growing of a planted seed

Silay

Silay, noun – a brief look

Source: UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino

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(credits to Typist intern)

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