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RP Issues of 2023











2023, August 24.  Philippine Languages - Series 3

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of 100



  35p - Kadi Ngadi!  (Come Here!) - Kinamayu, Mindanao  (1,500,000)

  55p - Maupay Nga Aga! (Good Morning) -  Waray, Visayas  (500,000)

  60p - Unsa Imong Ngalan?  (What’s Your Name?) – Sebwano, Visayas (450,000)




First Day Covers:  Manila




Philippine Languages

The Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL), also referred to as the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), is the official regulating body of the Filipino language and the official government institution tasked with developing, preserving, and promoting the various local Philippine languages. The commission was established in accordance with the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.

There are some 130 to 195 languages spoken in the Philippines, depending on the method of classification.  Almost all are Malayo-Polynesian languages native to the archipelago. A number of Spanish-influenced creole varieties generally called Chavacano along with some local varieties of Chinese are also spoken in certain communities. The 1987 constitution designates Filipino, a standardized version of Tagalog, as the national language and an official language along with English. Filipino is regulated by Commission on the Filipino Language and serves as a lingua franca used by Filipinos of various ethnolinguistic backgrounds.  (Wikipedia)

Kinamayu (Kinamayo, Kamayo) -  is an Austronesian language spoken on the eastern part of the island of Mindanao.  Spoken in some areas of Surigao del Sur (the city of Bislig and the municipalities of Barobo, Hinatuan, Lingig, Tagbina, Lianga, San Agustin & Marihatag) and Davao Oriental. Kamayo varies from one municipality to another. 

Waray – is an Austronesian language and the fifth-most-spoken native regional language of the Philippines, native to Eastern Visayas. It is the native language of the Waray people and second language of the Abaknon people of Capul, Northern Samar, and some Cebuano-speaking peoples of western and southern parts of Leyte island. It is the third most spoken language among the Bisayan languages, only behind Cebuano and Hiligaynon.

Sebwano (Cebuano) - is an Austronesian language spoken in the southern Philippines. Informally called by its generic term Bisayâ translated into English as Visayan. It is spoken by the Visayan native to the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, the eastern half of Negros, the western half of Leyte, and the northern coastal areas of Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula. The Commission on the Filipino Language, spells the name of the language in Filipino as Sebwano.







Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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