26 Words in Different Filipino Languages With Beautiful Meanings

Aug 19, 2021 0 comments



It’s finally August and you know what that means here in the Philippines! Maligayang buwan ng wika sa lahat!


August and Buwan ng Wika are all about celebrating the beauty and the rich history of our multiple Filipino languages. We here at Metroscene Mag will be doing that with a couple of articles that dive deeper into our native languages so that you can get to know them more. 


What you are about to read is a list of words in different local languages with beautiful meanings. They will probably amaze you, make you smile, or maybe even make you go “aww!” Whatever the case may be, we hope that you pick up some new knowledge and get to appreciate just how colorful, beautiful, and meaningful Filipino languages can be. 


Aligriya - a Chavacano word for happiness


Aruga - nurture, tender care


Dalisay - pure 


Dilaab - a Cebuano word for a strong, brightly-lit flame


Gigil - a barely contained emotion caused by anger, frustration, or finding something cute or adorable


Harana - a serenade / to serenade


Kadasig - a Waray word for bravery


Kadlaw - a Hiligaynon word that means to laugh 


Kahangtoran - a Cebuano word that means time without end


Kahidlaw - a Cebuano word for a feeling of deep longing


Kamingaw - a Hiligaynon word for a feeling of loneliness and nostalgia brought about by missing someone 


Kilig - a combination of giddiness and the feeling of butterflies in your stomach


Kundiman - love song


Linung - a T’boli word for peace


Maharlika - a nobleman 


Marahuyo - to enchant, fascinate


Muni - to ponder, reflect, or even daydream


Pagsamo - a plea, appeal


Rongrong - a Maranao word for a song being crooned


Saug - a Karay-a word that means against the flow


Sinta - love, beloved


Tadhana - destiny, fate


Tua - A Kapampangan word for age, coming of age, or maturity


Ulayaw - a close or intimate companion


Yuhum - a Hiligaynon word for a smile or an expression of happiness


Iliw - a word in Ilokano that means to be homesick (for someone or something, to be nostalgic, or to be lonesome for.



Do you know of other words in any of the Philippine languages that have beautiful meanings? Let us know in the comments!


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