Tagalog Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tagalog Wikipedia
Tagalog Wikipedia screenshot.png
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available inTagalog
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedDecember 1, 2003; 18 years ago (2003-12-01)

The Tagalog Wikipedia (Tagalog: Wikipediang Tagalog) is the Tagalog language edition of Wikipedia, which was launched on December 1, 2003. It has 42,996 articles and is the 101st largest Wikipedia according to the number of articles as of August 6, 2022.[1]


The Tagalog Wikipedia was launched on December 1, 2003[citation needed] as the first Wikipedia in a language of the Philippines.

As of February 3, 2011, it has more than 50,000 articles.[2] Bantayan, Cebu became the 10,000th article on October 20, 2007, while Pasko sa Pilipinas (Christmas in the Philippines) became the 15,000th article on December 24, 2007.[3] Localization of software messages through the Betawiki (or translatewiki.net) was finished on February 6, 2009.[4]

In 2011, the Tagalog Wikipedia was part of the WikiHistories fellowship research project of the Wikimedia Foundation. The project tries to capture the triumphs, failures, and daily struggles of the editors working to make the dream of globally shared knowledge a reality.[5]


Due to the mass deletion of very short articles, as of July 2021, the total number of articles is below 50,000.

First steps of Tagalog Wikipedia[edit]

The first article created in the Tagalog Wikipedia (aside from Unang Pahina or the main page) is about Wikipedia. It was created on March 25, 2004. During the times when Tagalog Wikipedia's standards on articles were not strict, the first featured article was Livestrong wristband, but this was replaced by the article kimika (chemistry) in line with the revised standards.[17] But kimika along with the second featured article wiki were eventually replaced by a review process.[18][19] Technically, the very first featured article that survived the review process is about keso (cheese).[20]

The File:Flutterbye.jpg was the first featured picture for the article paru-parong Viceroy (Viceroy butterfly). Because the file was deleted, it was replaced by File:St Vitus stained glass.jpg for the article Katedral ng San Vitus (St. Vitus Cathedral).[21] Although the featured picture archive lists File:Viceroy Butterfly.jpg as the first featured picture.

The first three articles that appeared in Alam Ba Ninyo? (Did you know?) were web browser (en), Wikang Bulgaro (Bulgarian language) and Pilipinas (Philippines).[22] There was a section entitled On This Day at the main page on April 2, 2008, but this was hidden on May 3, 2008, because of lack of contributors of this section.[23][24]


The Tagalog Wikipedia has several characteristics which define it differently from other language editions of Wikipedia. According to Michael Tan, a Filipino anthropologist and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, the Tagalog Wikipedia greatly depends on the UP Diksyonaryong Filipino for basic definitions.[25] Though focused on the Tagalog language, it has pages that helps non-Tagalog speakers on anything related about the online project.[26]


The Tagalog Wikipedia has significant coverage of topics related to the Philippines, as well as anime and manga-related topics. In 2010, GMA News and Public Affairs released a report criticizing the Tagalog Wikipedia's lack of science-related articles.[27]

Project name[edit]

According to Wikipedians from the Tagalog and English Wikipedias, the Tagalog Wikipedia also represents the Filipino language.[28][29][30] According to the Vibal Foundation, a foundation that started WikiPilipinas, the Tagalog Wikipedia is different from WikiFilipino, the wiki that they manage because WikiFilipino uses Filipino language while Tagalog Wikipedia uses Tagalog language.[31] The difference or sameness of Tagalog and Filipino sparked a debate among Tagalog Wikipedians about the name of the project. This debate was mentioned in an article by DILA (Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago),[32] an organization that defends indigenous languages of the Philippines.

Comparison with other Philippine-based language editions[edit]

Compared to the other Philippine-based language editions of Wikipedia, it has significantly fewer articles than the Cebuano Wikipedia, which currently has more than 6,126,000 articles, and the Waray Wikipedia, which has more than 1,266,000 articles, as the majority of the articles in those two languages were initially created by the Lsjbot.[33][34]

The Tagalog Wikipedia has an article depth of 164.53, compared to 3.55 for the Waray Wikipedia and 2.16 for the Cebuano Wikipedia, as of August 6, 2022.[35] By active users, it has 121, compared to 196 for the Cebuano Wikipedia and 91 for the Waray language edition.


  1. ^ "Wikipedia, ang malayang ensiklopedya: Unang Pahina". Tagalog Wikipedia (in Tagalog). Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. ^ Tagalog Wikipedia, retrieved on February 3, 2011
  3. ^ From the Announcements at Wikipedia:Tambayan Philippines
  4. ^ List of tasks at Translatewiki.net (Betawiki)[permanent dead link], on February 6, 2009
  5. ^ From the project page of WikiHistories
  6. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Pandaka pygmaea
  7. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Silindro
  8. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Unang Aklat ng mga Macabeo
  9. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Heriyatriko
  10. ^ Talk page of Anak ng Tao in Tagalog Wikipedia
  11. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Sky Girls
  12. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
  13. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of 1714 Sy
  14. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Ekonometriks
  15. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
  16. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Lalaking Vitruvio
  17. ^ Česky. "From the archive of the Tagalog Wikipedia" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  18. ^ "From the review of Kimika on the Tagalog Wikipedia, Marso 25-26, 2008" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  19. ^ Česky. "From the history of the Wikipedia:Mga napiling artikulo" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  20. ^ Česky. "From the history of the Wikipedia:Mga napiling artikulo" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  21. ^ "From the archive of the Tagalog Wikipedia" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  22. ^ "From the history of template of Alam Ba Ninyo?" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  23. ^ "From the history of Wikipedia:Mga pangyayari noong unang panahon" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  24. ^ Česky (2011-08-24). "From the history of Unang Pahina" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  25. ^ Tan, Michael (2 August 2011). "Pinoy Kasi: 'Utak'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  26. ^ Francia, Luis (27 March 2015). "The Artist Abroad: Hold up half the sky? Not there yet". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  27. ^ Dimacali, Timothy James M. (5 October 2010). "Google Translate spews profanities in Filipino". GMA News.
  28. ^ tl:Wikipedia:Pamantayang pangwika ; tl:Wikipedia:Gabay sa abakada at pagbabaybay
  29. ^ "Wikipedia:Kapihan: "Filipino Wikipedia (on Wikimedia Incubator)"" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  30. ^ Kaugnay: The Filipino Wiktionary Debate (formerly It's official) (WP:Tambay Archive14)
  31. ^ "WikiFilipino, Isang Pagsusuri". Kristine Mandigma. Vibal Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-15.[dead link]
  32. ^ "The Subdialect Filipino" (PDF). Guerrero de la Paz. Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  33. ^ Mga Estadistika
  34. ^ "MAUPAY: Waray Wikipedia hits more than one million articles". InterAksyon. 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  35. ^ Wikipedia article depth - Meta

External links[edit]

Wikipedias in Philippine languages

Wikibooks in Philippine languages

Wiktionaries in Philippine languages