25 Tagalog words for Mother’s day

How well do you know Tagalog words? While it is true that it is the basis for having a national language and some Filipinos have it actually spoken at home, even Tagalog-speaking provinces have its own dialects which make it difficult for one word to be understood in another place. 

Learn some “new” words which actually belong to the old Tagalog spoken in Quezon Province, the dialect referred to by Philippine anthropologist and historian E. Arsenio Manuel as Tayabas Tagalog. Listed below are 25 words that you may or may not have encountered yet in your entire life: 

  1. ABYAD, ATINDI –to take care of, carry on the task or responsibility
  2. ALAB-ALAB or BALA-BALA –pretense, role-play
  3. ALO –console, comfort, to make one feel better
  4. AYO –take the side of, especially in a fight or conflict
  5. BUYABO –a fun and exciting game or recreation where the child is made to sit on top of the feet and lifted up and down 
  6. GAGAP –to hold firmly 
  7. HAGOD –caress, also used in describing the process of ironing clothes
  8. HAMAG –childhood game that tends to become physical
  9. HAMBO –take a bath
  10. HAPLAS –apply oil or liniment on (parts of) the body to relieve pain
  11. HAYIN –set the table
  12. IRIPOY –brisk swaying of hips
  13. IWI –to take care of, especially carrying the child on arms
  14. KALONG –sit on the lap
  15. KATNIG –advise 
  16. KAYUNDA –to entertain the child or put the child to sleep with sounds and rhythmic patting
  17. KIYA –to move gracefully as in dance
  18. MAMAKAMAKA –only one or only one left
  19. PAANYO –to prepare food or meal
  20. PAKUSPAKOS –very busy in preparation
  21. SAKBIBI –carry the child on one side of the adult’s body
  22. SALAPID –braid 
  23. TAGUYA –endearment chant to calm or entertain a child
  24. TANGHOD –to stare
  25. YUPYOP –to seek warmth on one’s body

How much of the words did you answer correctly? The month of May is also celebrated as National Heritage Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 439. Is it not fun to learn something about our culture every now and then? Try using any of these words the next time you speak and take pride in the richness of our language. 

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