|Culture||Updated on March 22, 2001|
English is one of the official languages of the Philippines and there are no communication problems in English.They are the best English speakers in Asia. If your mother tongue is not English, you may have some difficulties in listening to Filipino English because of their strong accent.Their language abilities depend on individuals and education background.Some people speak English as if they were brought up in USA.
The national language of the Philippines is Filipino, though they have many local languages.
The main language in Panay is Ilongo but, in Boracay, they speak their own language Aklanon, the language of Aklan. Its vocabulary and grammar is a little bit, but not very much, different from Tagalog spoken in Manila.
Such a local language is called a Vernacular Language, not a Dialect, by language experts.
For more information on languages in the Philippines, visit Ethnologue: Philippines, a part of SIL(Summer Institute of Linguistics) site.SIL has made huge contribution toward the research on languages of cultural minorities in the Philippines.
They have many Spanish origin words or expressions, as the Philippines was a colony of Spain.Spanish is not spoken in conversation any more, but they still count numbers and tell time in Spanish.For example, they sometimes say ,"A las dos y medya." instead of "It's two thirty."
Music and Cutural Dances
(Photo: credit to The Folklorico Filipino Dance Company)
Songs in English are popular among the people, as they usually understand the language well. There are many music oriented FM and AM radio stations, and music is abundant in daily life.
Music by the recent artists is available at the following links.(2)Traditional Dances
Filipino traditional dances are usually categorized into five suites, Mountain(Igorot), Muslim(Moro), Maria Clara, Barrio(Rural) and Tribal(Minority).
In Boracay island, you will find Filipino traditional dances at Titay Main Garden Theater-Restaurant & Bar.The dinner show is suppose to start at 7 p.m. every evening.
They perform different dances each day.The restaurant is located near Lorenzo main and Casa Pilar.
If you expect sophisticated dance performance, "the Bayanihan dance company" of Manila is recommended, though they often go out of the country.
Music samples of the Bayanihan dance company are here at Amazon.com(TM) book shop.
More information is available at the following links.
(1)Noel's Pilipino Folk Dance Glossary
Categorized Philippino Traditional Dances with MIDI and WAV samples
(2)The Bayanihan Dance Company
Introduction of Bayanihan Dance Company
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