|Native speakers||(see Tagalog)|
|Writing system||Filipino alphabet (Latin script)|
|Official language in||Philippines|
|Regulated by||Commission on the Filipino Language
(Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino)
Filipino is a prestige register of the Tagalog language, based on the dialect of Manila, and is the name under which Tagalog is designated the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines. Tagalog is a first language of about one-third of the Philippine population; it is centred around Manila but is spoken to varying degrees nationwide.
There was no common language in the Philippine archipelago when the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. The three major linguae francae were Tagalog, Ilocano, and Visayan. As the Philippine languages are all closely related and therefore easy for Filipinos to learn, most speakers of smaller languages spoke two or more such regional languages.
On 12 November 1937, the first national assembly in the Philippines approved a law creating a National Language Institute to make a study and survey of each existing native language, hoping to choose which was to be the base for a standardised national language. The three main contenders were Tagalog, Visayan, and Ilocano.
On 14 July 1936, the Surián ng Wikáng Pambansâ (National Language Institute) selected Tagalog as the basis of the Wikáng Pambansâ (National Language) based on the following factors:
- Tagalog is widely spoken and is the most understood in all the Philippine Regions;
- It is not divided into smaller daughter languages, as Visayan or Bikol are;
- Its literary tradition is the richest, most developed and extensive (mirroring that of the Tuscan language vis-à-vis Italian). More books are written in Tagalog than in any other autochthonous Philippine language, but this is mainly by virtue of law and privilege;
- Tagalog has always been the language of Manila, the political and economic centre of the Philippines during the Spanish and American Eras;
- Tagalog was the language of the 1896 Revolution and the Katipunan.
Later, the 1973 Constitution provided for a separate national language to replace Pilipino, a language which it termed Filipino. However, Article XV, Section 3(2), mentions neither Tagalog nor Pilipino as the basis for Filipino, instead calling on the National Assembly to:
take steps toward the development and formal adoption of a common national language to be known as Filipino.
This move has drawn much criticism from other regional groups.
as [Filipino] evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.
And also states in the article:
Subject to provisions of law and as the Congress may deem appropriate, the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system.
The regional languages are the auxiliary official languages in the regions and shall serve as auxiliary media of instruction therein.
Republic Act No. 7104, approved on August 14, 1991, created the Commission on the Filipino Language, reporting directly to the President and tasked to undertake, coordinate and promote researches for the development, propagation and preservation of Filipino and other Philippine languages. On May 13, 1992, the commission issued Resolution 92-1, specifying that Filipino is the
However, as with the 1973 and 1987 Constitutions, 92-1 neither went so far as to categorically identify nor dis-identify this language as Tagalog. Definite, absolute, and unambiguous interpretation of 92-1 is the prerogative of the Supreme Court in the absence of directives from the KWF, otherwise the sole legal arbiter of the Filipino language.
Filipino was presented and registered with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), by then Ateneo de Manila University student Martin Gomez, and was added to the ISO registry of languages on September 21, 2004 with it receiving the ISO 639-2 code fil. In June 2007, Ricardo Maria Nolasco, then Chair of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language), acknowledged that Filipino was simply Tagalog in syntax and grammar, with as yet no grammatical element or lexicon coming from Ilocano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, or any of the other Philippine languages. He said further that this is contrary to the intention of Republic Act No. 7104 that requires that the national language be developed and enriched by the lexicon of the country's other languages, something that the commission is working towards. On 24 August 2007, Nolasco elaborated further on the relationship between Tagalog and Filipino in a separate article, as follows:
Are "Tagalog," "Pilipino" and "Filipino" different languages? No, they are mutually intelligible varieties, and therefore belong to one language. According to the KWF, Filipino is that speech variety spoken in Metro Manila and other urban centers where different ethnic groups meet. It is the most prestigious variety of Tagalog and the language used by the national mass media.
The other yardstick for distinguishing a language from a dialect is: different grammar, different language. "Filipino", "Pilipino" and "Tagalog" share identical grammar. They have the same determiners (ang, ng and sa); the same personal pronouns (siya, ako, niya, kanila, etc.); the same demonstrative pronouns (ito, iyan, doon, etc.); the same linkers (na, at and ay); the same particles (na and pa); and the same verbal affixes -in, -an, i- and -um-. In short, same grammar, same language.
On 22 August 2007, it was reported that three Malolos City regional trial courts in Bulacan decided to use Filipino, instead of English, in order to promote the national language. Twelve stenographers from Branches 6, 80 and 81, as model courts, had undergone training at Marcelo H. del Pilar College of Law of Bulacan State University following a directive from the Supreme Court of the Philippines. De la Rama said it was the dream of Chief Justice Reynato Puno to implement the program in other areas such as Laguna, Cavite, Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Rizal, and Metro Manila.
Filipino vs. Tagalog 
In practical terms, Filipino is the formal name of Tagalog, or even a synonym of it. It is sometimes described as "Tagalog-based", part of a political fiction that the national language is based on an amalgam of Philippine languages rather than on Tagalog alone. It is usually called Tagalog within the Philippines and among Filipinos to differentiate it from other Philippine languages, but it has come to be known as Filipino to differentiate it from the languages of other countries; the former implies a regional origin, the latter a national. This is similar to the concept of the names given to the Spanish language, where Castilian tends to be used within Spain, and Spanish in international settings.
Official status 
Filipino is constitutionally designated as the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, one of two official languages.
See also 
- J.U. Wolff, "Tagalog", in the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2006
- Inquirer.net. "New center to document Philippine dialects". Asian Journal Online. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-10-25. "The country... has a national language, Filipino, that has become a common language.... Although Filipino is not the mother tongue of most Filipinos, it has become their second language...."
- Paraluman Aspillera (1993). "Pilipino: The National Language, a historical sketch". from Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs, Charles E. Tuttle Publishing Co., Inc., Tokyo. Archived from the original on 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
- Andrew Gonzalez (1998). "The Language Planning Situation in the Philippines" (PDF). Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 19 (5, 6). Retrieved 2007-03-24.(p.487)
- "1987 Philippine Constitution, Article XIV, Sections 6-9". Chanrobles Law Library. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
- "Commission on the Filipino Language Act". Chanrobles law library. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
- "Resolusyon Blg. 92-1" (in Filipino). Commission on the Filipino Language. 13 May 1992. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
- "Documentation for ISO 639 identifier: fil". Summer Institute of Linguistics. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- Inquirer (2007). "New center to document Philippine dialects". Asian Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- Ricardo Ma. Nolasco (August 30, 2007). "articles: filipino and tagalog, not so simple / how to value our languages". dalityapi.com.
- "3 Bulacan courts to use Filipino in judicial proceedings". Globalnation.inquirer.net. August 22, 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- Paul Morrow (July 16, 2010). "The Filipino language that might have been". Pilipino Express. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- José Ignacio Hualde; Antxon Olarrea; Erin O'Rourke (2012). The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 49. ISBN 978-1-4051-9882-0.
- Language, Sections 6–9 of Article XIV, 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, Chanrobles Law Library.
Further reading 
- New Vicassan's English–Pilipino Dictionary by Vito C. Santos, ISBN 971-27-0349-5
- Learn Filipino: Book One by Victor Eclar Romero ISBN 1-932956-41-7
- Lonely Planet Filipino/Tagalog (TravelTalk) ISBN 1-59125-364-0
- Lonely Planet Pilipino Phrasebook ISBN 0-86442-432-9
- UP Diksyonaryong Filipino by Virgilio S. Almario (ed.) ISBN 971-8781-98-6, and ISBN 971-8781-99-4
- English–Pilipino Dictionary, Consuelo T. Panganiban, ISBN 971-08-5569-7
- Diksyunaryong Filipino–English, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, ISBN 971-8705-20-1
- New English–Filipino Filipino–English Dictionary, by Maria Odulio de Guzman ISBN 971-08-1776-0
- Lim English–Filipino Filipino–English Dictionary, by Ed Lim (2008), Lulu.com ISBN 978-0-557-03800-8
- "When I was a child I spoke as a child": Reflecting on the Limits of a Nationalist Language Policy by Danilo Manarpaac. In: The politics of English as a world language: new horizons in postcolonial cultural studies by Christian Mair. Rodopi; 2003 ISBN 978-90-420-0876-2. p. 479–492.
- Free Filipino Flashcards by CoboCards
|Filipino language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
- Commission on the Filipino Language
- A small and useful Tagalog dictionary (English - Tagalog)
- Language planning in multilingual countries: The case of the Philippines, discussion by linguist and educator Andrew Gonzalez
- The Language Planning Situation in the Philippines, by Andrew Gonzalez, FSC
- Tagalog: A Brief Look at the National Language
- Tagalog dominance must be balanced by support for all languages – Part 1 (archived from the original on 2007-09-02), Part 2 (archived from the original on 2007-09-03), Part 3 (archived from the original on 2008-12-30).
- Kalyespeak.com – Learn Filipino Free Language Learning with Audio Lessons and Podcasts
- The Nationalization of a Language: Filipino by C. J. Paz, University of the Philippines
- The Filipino language that might have been