Filipino (Tagalog) Facts
Filipino is one of two official languages of the Philippines, the other being English. Filipino is the standardized form of Tagalog, which is the first language of more than 10 million people people and understood and spoken by many millions more. There are more than 170 native languages spoken in the Philippines. In Manila, there are streets so narrow they cannot accommodate buses. Instead, motorized tricycles or bicycles with sidecars (called trisikads) take passengers to the bus stops. The local bus is called a jeepney—a brightly decorated minibus that can carry up to 30 passengers.