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Filipino (wikang Filipino)

Filipino is a prestige register of Tagalog that has been the national language of the Philippines since 1957. The Since 1978 it has also been used as the language of instruction in schools and universities throughout the Philippines, though English is widely used as well.

The Filipino alphabet has under gone a number of changes over the years. The last major one was in 1987, when the letters ch, ll and rr were removed. The version of the alphabet shown below is the 1987 one.

Filipino alphabet (Alpabetong Filipino)

Filipino alphabet (Alpabetong Filipino)


Sample text in Filipino

Ang lahat ng tao'y isinilang na malaya at pantay-pantay sa karangalan at mga karapatan. Sila'y pinagkalooban ng katwiran at budhi at dapat magpalagayan ang isa't isa sa diwa ng pagkakapatiran.

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Alternative version of the sample text

Ang lahat ng tao ay ipinanganak na malaya at parepareho sa dignidad at mga karapatan. Sila ay binigyan ng katwiran at konsensiya at dapat makitungo sa isa't isa sa espiritu ng pagkakapatiran.
Translated by Eugene Carmelo C. Pedro


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Filipino language

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino language)

Philippine languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet