Culture & Heritage

Common Filipino Phrases Every Visitor to the Philippines Should Know

Written by Patrick

The following are common Filipino phrases used throughout the Philippines.  

Magandang araw! = Beautiful Day!

Magandang araw!

Magandang umaga = Good Morning!

Magandang umaga!

Magandang tanghali = Good Noon!

(used between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM)

Magandang tanghali!

Magandang hapon = Good Afternoon!

Magandang hapon!

Maligayang bati! = Greetings!

Maligayang bati!

Maligayang kaarawan = Happy Birthday!

Maligayang kaarawan!

Para! = Stop (often used on jeepneys)


Magkano? = How much?


Wala na bang tawad / bawas? = Is there any discount?

Wala na bang tawad/bawas?

Sandali lang / Saglit = Hold-on/Wait

Sandalig lang / Saglit

Gusto ko ito. = I like/want this.

Gusto ko ito.

Ayaw ko nito. / Ayoko nito. = I don’t like this.

Ayaw ko nito. / Ayoko nito.

Pasensya ka na. = Sorry.

Pasensya ka na.

Pasensya na kayo. = Sorry for the inconvenience.

Pasensya na kayo.

Aalis na ako. = I’m leaving now.

Aalis na ako.

Paalam! = Goodbye!


Ingat ka! = Take care!

Ingat ka!

Salamat! / Salamat po! = Thank You!

Salamat! / Salamat po!

Walang anuman. = You’re Welcome.

Walang anuman.

Do you know other common Filipino phrases? What are they?

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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