The Philippines is a multilingual country. Its rich history and demographic processes with different segregation allowed the development of dialects.
The Filipino language is the Filipino or Tagalog language. The language was originally called "Pilipino," but in 1989 it was changed to the present name in the Philippine Congress. This is the most popular in the country within nearly 170 native languages. This language was primarily spoken by Luzon's inhabitants.
Three centuries ago the official language of the country was Spanish. This was primarily the rule of Spanish colonizers. In the 1900's, during the American occupation, the national language became English. This was the language used in education and the media. However, the Spanish language was still recognized as the language of the country and was confirmed by the 1935 Philippine constitution.
The same constitution prepared the development of the Philippine language. Philippine President Manuel Quezon, who initiated the election of a country's language for the country. In the 1937s, the Tagalog was formally declared the national language of the country.
For further grading of the Philippine languages, academics were divided into three main groups. The first is the North Korean language, which is mainly spoken in Northern Luzon. The following is the Meso-Tagalog language, which includes the languages spoken by Central-Lazio people. The languages that are being grouped are the most widespread. Meanwhile, speakers in the southern region of the country belong to the South Philippine group. Many of these languages show the effects of Sanskrit, Arabic, and Indonesian words.
Today, the Philippine Constitution recognizes two official languages: Philippine and English, the former being the national language. However, there are some sub languages that we can rightly call dialects. These include Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan and Bikol. All these languages belong to the Malayo-Polynesia branch of the Austronesian family
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