12 Filipino Words That Will Make Your Philippines Travel at Ease

Several nationalities are in love with the Philippines as one of the best South-East Asian countries. Its geography offers thousands of adventures to backpackers and local and international tourists. This country is an archipelago composed of about 7,640 islands, and it is a megadiverse country.

Because of its geographical structure, the Philippines has several ethnic groups. Hence, there are about 120 to 175 languages spoken in the country. In a nutshell, two significant languages use Filipino and English. In contrast, Filipino is the national language of the Philippines.

If you are a foreigner planning a trip to the Philippines, here are some words and phrases to remember. They will be super useful when visiting our magnificently unique country.

Disclosure: Hi, I am compensated for purchases made through some of the affiliate links in this post. The complete privacy policy can be found here.

12 Filipino Words That Will Make Your Philippines Travel at Ease

Helpful Reads: 25 Reasons Why to Visit the Philippines, Bangkota Expo 2020 Dubai Review, Pinakbet Recipe a Filipino Dish, 5 Amazing Places to Visit in Angeles City, Getting Smart on Philippine Money, 5 Filipinism that I am Proud of

12 Filipino Words That Will Make Your Philippines Travel at Ease - 52stirs.com
Pin me for later, thank you!

1. Komusta?

Meaning: “How are you?” This is a standard greeting that Filipinos use.

2. Magandang Umaga.

Meaning: “Good Morning!”

3. Magandang Hapon.

Meaning: “Good Afternoon!”

4. Magandang Gabi.

Meaning: “Good Evening!”

5. Ate / Kuya

Ate means older sister while Kuya means older brother. Filipinos usually use these to call a stranger with respect, especially if they don’t know their names. Some ladies, like me, use the word “Day” or “Inday” (a Bisayan word) as an endearment to other ladies.

6. Magkano ito?

Meaning: “How much is this?” This phrase comes in handy when you want to buy from the street or ambulant vendors. Of course, you want to take some souvenirs with you back home. 😉 My recommendation for souvenirs is fridge magnets and make your fridge a storyteller where you have been. Besides, they are small and handy; they won’t be much of a struggle during packing home.

7. Pahingi naman ako nang bawas.

Meaning: “Can I get a discount, please?” You can also use this phrase when negotiating or asking for bargains from the street or ambulant vendors. Although I don’t think that you’ll need this much because souvenirs, food, and other merch are relatively economical in the Philippines compared to developed countries.

8. Sasakay.

Meaning: “I’ll ride.” You can use this when you need to ride public transport. Standard available vehicles in the Philippines are Jeepneys and Tricycles. In the metropolis, there are also Taxis, E-tricycle, Buses, and Trains. Some local community also offers “Padyak” or “Tri-bike,” a pedicab, usually a sidecar attached to a manually powered bicycle. Some places and other tourist spots have “Kalesa” or horse buggy.

Find a sponsor for your website. Get paid for your great content. shareasale.com.

Hey Lounger! If you felt that you’d also love to blog and share compelling stories, you can start from HERE!

9. Ito ang bayad.

Meaning: “Here’s my payment.” It is when you pay your transport fee. Alternatively, you can also say, “Kuya, bayad po,” “Manong, bayad ko po.” The word Manong means older brother in Ilocano while older sister is Manang.

Tip: Use of Po or Opo – use them to imply respect or politeness, especially to the elderly or someone in authority, or in general. “Opo” means “yes,” and “Po” can work as an interjection.

10. Para. / Para po sa tabi.

Meaning: “To pull over.” It is when you need to ask your driver to pull over on the side. Alternatively, you can also say “Kuya, bababa po sa tabi” or simply “Kuya sa tabi po.”

11. Masarap.

Meaning: “Delicious”. “Tasty”. It is when you want to give compliments or appreciation for the food.

12. Salamat.

Meaning: ‘Thank you”. Better when you say “Salamat Po”. 😉

There you have it, Lounger! I hope when you’re in my home country, the Philippines, you will be able to use the (twelve) 12 Filipino Words That Will Make Your Philippines Travel at Ease. To give you a bonus, here are some other phrases being used to show appreciation.

52StirsLounge - Philippines
Pin me for later, thank you!

Find a sponsor for your website. Get paid for your great content. shareasale.com.

Hey Lounger! If you felt that you’d also love to blog and share compelling stories, you can start from HERE!

12 Filipino Words That Will Make Your Philippines Travel at Ease - 52stirs.com
Pin me for later. Thank you!

Send me Travel Stories, Tips, and Tricks!

52Stirs.com respects your privacy. You can manage or unsubscribe from your subscription at any time.


Appreciate your time hugely! If you enjoy this content, please continue to support by clicking the like (star) icon, leaving comments, and sharing this post with your family and friends! Your generosity is massively appreciated! Your coffee treats will help me maintain this blog site. Buy me a coffee here! You can also support us on Social: Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube! See you there! – Jemima❤️

Hey Lounger! If you felt that you’d also love to blog and share compelling stories, you can start from HERE!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: