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What is love? For some, it’s the best word to describe the bond we have with our mothers, the emotion that grips us when we help other humans in need, or the invisible force that inspires us to fight for our country.
However, two kinds of love always reign supreme. One involves our Creator, while the other binds two completely different people together. The latter is the universal language we all understand, one that breaks boundaries and transcends language barriers.
Interestingly, language is also the easiest way to express one’s love. And here in the Philippines, you have plenty of languages to choose from. Take note that I’m using language instead of dialect because, as one linguist explained it, there’s a concept of “mutual intelligibility” which suggests:
“Two languages where speakers can understand each other are considered dialects of the same language, whereas two languages where the speakers cannot understand each other are, indeed, separate languages.”
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There are about 150 existing languages in the country today, each of which are distinct from each other. But while Filipinos from different regions sometimes don’t understand each other, two things always unite them as one: their shared history and innate ability to love.
1. Pagsintá (Tagalog).
2. Pagkamúot (Bikol).
3. Gúgma (Sebwano/Waray/Hiligaynon).
4. Pagpangga (Sebwano).
5. Amór (Chavacano).
6. Pag-írog (Tagalog).
7. Paggíliw (Tagalog).
8. Iddu (Ibanag).
9. Ayatén (Ilokano).
10. Chadaw/chadao (Ivatan).
11. Pamalsintá (Kapampangan).
12. Pagkiog (Maguindanao).
13. Dálit (Pangasinan).
14. Paláyaw (Sinaunang Tagalog).
15. Pag-ibig (Tagalog).
16. Pagmamahal (Tagalog).
Albert, J. Many Voices, One Nation: The Philippine Languages and Dialects in Figures. Philippine Statistics Authority Official Website. Retrieved 16 August 2016, from http://goo.gl/uWV1nR
Almario, V. (2009). UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino (2nd ed.). Quezon City: UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino-Diliman.
What’s the Difference Between a Dialect and a Language?. (2014). Slate.com. Retrieved 16 August 2016, from http://goo.gl/je0GoH