world cuisine | languages
search help | about us | allergies
Filipino (Filipino)

Filipino is the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, is an official language; designated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Filipino is an Austronesian language that is based on various existing native languages in the Philippines, with a significant number of Spanish words in the vocabulary. In fact, about 40% of everyday (informal) Tagalog conversation is practically made up of Spanish loanwords. The Filipino language is in evolution, development and further enrichment on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages. It is the first language of Filipinos living in Metro Manila and the second language of most Filipinos.

Sometimes the name "Filipino" is incorrectly used as the generic name for all the languages of the Philippines which, in turn, would be incorrectly termed as "dialects". Also, because of its similarity to the language on which it is based, it is still incorrectly identified with Tagalog.

The Commission on the Filipino Language (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino), the regulating body of Filipino, envisions a process of popularizing regional dialect usage derived from regional languages as the basis for standardiing and intellectualizing the language, thus forming a lingua franca.

(Ref: Wikipedia)

On ‘Filipino’ may not always be accurate. The may be other languages of the Philippines. I apologise where this is incorrect.

Filipino on

To find foods and foods and food-related items in in the Philippines you may search by any of the following terms:
Asia Asian Cebu Cebuano East Eastern Filipino Ido Ilocano Kapampangan Philipino Philippines Phillipines South Tagalog Visayan

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in the Philippines may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'Filipino'' than, say, "Tagalog".

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of palm heart, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'palm heart Philippines' and then click on 'Translate from English'

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as  'Philippines' may help in a successful search.

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc. /

<< go to main page

Feel free to e-mail us if there are any additions, changes or corrections that you'd like to see.

© Suzy Oakes 1998-2008, all rights reserved
All data appearing on this site are copyright protected