What does MABUHAY mean?

Written by Patrick

Mabuhay is a Filipino greeting, usually expressed as Mabuhay!

Travel Insurance

The phrase carries various meanings including “long live”, “may you live”, “cheers”, “welcome”, and “hurrah“.

The expression is mostly used for toasts during gatherings and parties, and is used as a cry of adulation towards individuals or concepts at rallies and political conferences. A more modern appropriation of the greeting is its use in the local hospitality industry to welcome guests.

The following are some phrases in which this word is commonly used: 

“Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” 
Long live The Philippines!

“Mabuhay ang Demokrasya!” 
Long Live Democracy!

“Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!” 
Congratulations to the newly wed!

“Mabuhay. Tumawa. Magmahal.”  
Live. Laugh. Love.

“Mabuhay ka!” 
Long Live!

What are YOUR thoughts on this topic?

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.

Leave a Comment