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The wave of immigration of foreigners and the geographical structure of the Philippines have brought about a wide range of dialects in different parts of the country. There are almost a hundred different dialects spoken in the Philippines some of which are distinctly different, if not similar, to each other. Early influences of foreigners led to the incorporation of some foreign words most of which are, Malay, Spanish, English, and Chinese words.


Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. It was the aim of the Institute of National Language when it was formed in 1937 to have one national language spoken by the people. President Manuel L. Quezon declared Tagalog as the national language of the Philippines on December 31, 1937, it was confirmed in the constitution of 1973, and it was changed into Filipino in 1986. Filipino is basically Tagalog with some linguistic elements from the other Philippine dialects. It is now widely used as a medium of instruction in public schools and universities since 1978. At present, majority of Filipino people speak Filipino, while English is used for international communication.




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