Tagalog (Tagalog in Latin Alphabet: Wikang Tagalog or transliterated from Baybayin Alphabet: Wikang Tagalog) (/təˈɡɑːlɒɡ/; ) is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA), of Bulacan and of Metro Manila. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines, the other being English. It is related to other Philippine languages such as Ilokano, Bisayan, and Kapampangan.
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