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2023, December 29.  Philippine Languages - Series 4

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

Singles, Sheets of 100



   12p - Napintas (Beautiful) - Ilokano, Luzon 





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)

Ilokano - is an Austronesian language (a language family widely spoken throughout Maritime Southeast Asia) spoken in the Philippines, primarily by Ilocano people and as a lingua franca (a language systematically used to make communication possible between groups of people who do not share a native language or dialect) by the Igorot people and also by the native settlers of Cagayan Valley. It is the third most-spoken native language of the Philippines.








Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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