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Pilipino language history
Pilipino = was the first true national language 1961-87.
Based on Tagalog, used "pilipinized" (spelled & made to sound Tagalog) Spanish & English words.
It used 21 letters (16 consonants, 5 vowels)

President Ferdinand Marcos and the Bureau (Board) of Education under the 1973 Philippine Constitution developed Pilipino (based on Tagalog) as a official national language (1961 to 1987). Pilipino aimed to replace all words of foreign origins with local sounding words. Influx and the widespread use of foreign derived words & technological terminology in the 1980s made "Pilipinizing" new words impractical and lead to the demise of this method.

The basis for the Pilipino National Language is Tagalog, which had primarily been spoken only in Manila.
The constitution provided for a national language, but did not specifically designate it as Tagalog because of objections raised by representatives from other parts of the country where Tagalog was not spoken.
It merely stated that an official national language acceptable to the entire populace (and ideally incorporating elements from the diverse languages spoken throughout the islands) would be a future goal. Tagalog, of course, by virtue of being the lingua franca of those who lived in or near the government capital, was the predominant candidate.

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Tagalog language history

Tagalog = is the native language in the Katagalogan region.
It uses 21 letters (16 consonants, 5 vowels), the national language of the Philippines, 1937.
This was made official upon the Philippines' restoration of independence from the United States on July 4, 1946.
And was called such until till 1961

The 1935 Philippine Constitution provided for a National Language though not directly naming Tagalog, it served as a foundation for a common language. Then on December 31, 1937
President Manuel L. Quezon proclaimed Tagalog the Official National Language of the Philippines which was then made official on the July 4, 1946 upon restoration of independence from the United States.
By the time work on a new constitution began in the early 1970s, more than half the Philippine citizenry was communicating in Tagalog on a regular basis. (Forty years earlier, it was barely 25 percent.

Filipino language history

Filipino = is the revised Official National Language since 1987.
BASED ON TAGALOG, uses foreign, modern, & technical words "as-is",
using 28 letters from Spanish and English alphabets.

After the 1986 People's Power (original) revolution, under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Pilipino was revised to Filipino, which recognized the assimilation of foreign words and adopted letters of foreign origins (e.g. the Ñ from Spanish and c, x, and v from English) as well as from other native languages in the Philippines.

This was finally confirmed in the constitution composed during the Aquino presidency in the latter half of the 1980s.
The National Language was Re-labeled Filipino to acknowledge and embrace the existence of and preference for many English- and Spanish-derived words. "Western" letters such as f, j, c, x and z -- sounds of which were not indigenous to the islands before the arrival of the Spaniards and the Americans -- were included in the official Filipino.
The Language remains based on Tagalog with some English and Spanish words thrown in.
Sometimes referred to as "Urban Tagalog or Tagalog Plus"

Tagalog is still the language in most all Literary works and Scientific research to this day.
When you compare the different phases of the Philippines language, you see the language is an evolving language based on TAGALOG. Tagalog is to the Filipino language as English is to the American Language ! You need to learn it..... to speak Filipino (Tagalog)
All our courses have you speaking Filipino (Tagalog) You do not have to decide which is the right one to buy !

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