Have you ever asked to write an article about the Philippines and has to talk about their languages? Then you had a hard time on what are you going to write to refer to the Philippines language. What are you going to write, Tagalog or Filipino, which is which?
Tagalog is a language used by Filipinos who lived in Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bulacan and it is considered the second language of other Filipinos from other regions that also has their own native language.
Tagalog was derive from the word tagailog or river dweller, according to the record, Laguna Copperplates Inscription is the first written Tagalog and it is written way back 900 A.D. while Doctrina Christiana is the first Tagalog book. In 1897, Tagalog was declared the official language by the Constitution of Biak-na-Bato, Philippines’ first constitution.
Filipino is base in many languages but Tagalog is the language Filipino mainly derived its words. Filipino language also accepts Tag-lish word or slang words because most words in Filipino language also derived from words in other country, the letters have been change to make it more like a Filipino language.
Filipino was proclaimed the Philippine National Language of the present constitution last 1987. Filipino is considered as the two major languages in the Philippines together with the English language. Filipino is also used in Educational facilities as a language is most academic subjects.
TAGALOG OR FILIPINO
What will we use between the two languages when referring to them, Tagalog or Filipino?
When you are referring to the native language of the Central Luzon, you should use Tagalog but if you are referring to the Philippine language, you should use Filipino. Though each of them has their own distinction, these two languages both represent the Philippines.