The Philippines is one of those countries that are blessed with people who speak different tongues. It can be due to the fact that the country has been inhabited by people across the globe and those influences contribute to the richness of the languages. There are about 87 different languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines.Tagalog was made the national language in 1946 and was changed to Pilipino in 1962. English is also widely used.

BAHALA NA (Come What May) is enriched with the use of some of the Pilipino phrases mentioned below. With the influx of Filipinos everywhere, it might be a great idea if you learn a few words. It can also be beneficial if you decide to visit the Philippines for business or for pleasure. Pronunciation is a bit tricky since we put the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first so you just have to watch it. The words are said phonetically. Have fun and I will come back every so often and add more words. Here are some useful phrases for beginners.

1.    Magandang Umaga Po – Good Morning Sir/Madam

2.    Magandang Hapon Po – Good Afternoon Sir/Madam

3.    Magandang Gabi – Good Evening

4.    Kumusta? – How are you?

5.    Mabuti – I’m fine

6.    Salamat – Thank you

7.    Walang Anuman – You’re welcome. Literally it means “It does not matter.”

8.    Sino – Who

9.    Ano – What

10.Bakit – Why

11.Saan – Where

12.Gaano – How much

13.Dito – Here

14.Duun – There

15.Bahala Na – Come What May

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.




About SCLMRose

Having retired from the business world, Rosalinda is now pursuing her great love of books by catching up on her reading which she had no time before. She also writes historical novels and rose gardening articles and is the editor of the award-winning newsletter, The Charleston Rose. All her books (The Wentworth Legacy, The Iron Butterfly, and BAHALA NA (Come What May) are available at On her spare time, she enjoys gardening and volunteering in her neighborhood.
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