Saturday, July 13, 2024

8 Beautiful Filipino Words You’ve Probably Heard Often But Aren’t Sure What They Mean


8 Beautiful Filipino Words You’ve Probably Heard Often But Aren’t Sure What They Mean


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Filipino is such a beautiful language. It is a language so unique with a rich history—from pre-colonial times up to today. It is a wonderful combination of the diverse languages here in the Philippines that are uniquely beautiful in their own ways.

Now that we are celebrating the Buwan ng Wika—which spotlights the importance of the Filipino language as part of our heritage and identity—let’s test your Filipino skills with these beautiful but rarely used Filipino words!

1. Kalinaw

adj. [ka·lí·naw]

Have you ever had a feeling of complete serenity or tranquility? Like sitting on a beach, feeling the sand on your feet, the salt air lightly brushing on your face, the gentle ocean waves bringing music to your ears? This Hiligaynon word is the word for it, which means “the state of being calm and at peace.”

2. Silakbo

n. [si·lak·bó]

When you feel something so intense that it overwhelms you, then you are probably experiencing this word. Silakbo means “an outburst of emotion.” It’s a feeling so strong and passionate that it demands to be let out.

3. Marahuyo

v. [ma·ra·hu·yò]

If you want to express your attraction to someone but don’t want to use common phrases like “gusto kita” or “natitipuhan kita”, then incorporate this word instead. Marahuyo is an ancient Filipino word that translates to “a state of being enchanted to or captivated by something or someone.” Try this word if you want to impress your crush with your Filipino skills!

4. Pagsamo

n. [pag·sa·mò]

You’ve probably heard of this word because it’s the title of popular OPM singer Arthur Nery’s song, but do you know the meaning of it? The literal translation of the word in English is “supplication,” which means “begging or appealing for something in an earnest manner.” In the song, the lyrics go, “kahit sigaw pa ang pagsamo ko sa’yo bakit ‘di mo dama ‘to,” depicting how the singer is losing hope about his lover hearing his love for her.

5. Hiraya

n. [ha·rá·ya]

In simple terms, hiraya, or sometimes haraya, is an ancient Tagalog word for “vision” or “imagination.” But in a deeper sense, it’s the ability of our mind to create or envision something non-existent.

6. Marilag

adj. [ma·ri·lág]

A beautiful word to describe something beautiful. If you see something so “sublimely and otherworldly beautiful” that a word like “maganda” wouldn’t suffice, then use this word.

7. Kandili

n. [kan·dí·li]

If you feel an immense urge to help those who are struggling, then you’re probably experiencing this word. In a literal sense, kandili means “the care you give to your children,” but it could also mean the sense of solicitude for the poor or helpless.

8. Kinaadman

n. [ki·na·ad·mán]

This word is perfect for intellectual people or those who love learning. It is a Cebuano term for “knowledge” or “wisdom.” Use this word in a sentence and try to impress your colleague!