Tagalog in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tagalog are the largest ethnic groups residing in the Philippines, especially in Luzon. They are one of the ancient dwellers of the Philippines. The Tagalog culture developed in Taal, Batangas (the heartland of the Tagalog culture). The traditions of this people where passed orally. They developed a trading link with the neighboring countries such as China, Japan, etc. They do not form a country but rather a community comprised of 100 families called "barangays". They have a writing system called "baybayin" which is a type of Abugida writing system. It uses diacritics to determine its pronunciation (similar to the dhevanagari script of India). During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, the Tagalog homeland (especially Manila) became the center of colonial activity. The culture of this people dramatically changed from Asian to Hispanic culture (a combination of the two) during their rapid Christianization. They are the ones who revolted against the Spanish regime. They conquer the southern provinces. They fought (together with other ethnic groups) against the invading Americans and later, the Japanese. During independence, the population of this people grew rapidly; a poor economy and resulting poverty caused them to move abroad to work.

Where Are they Located?

They are located at the southern part of the island of Luzon and nearby islands. The regions of Calabarzon and Mimaropa have the greatest concentrations of this people and because of their large geographic distribution this caused the region to be divided into two (the said regions at the top).

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion is Christianity but some follow Islam. Some Tagalogs believe in traditional healers/herbmen called "Albularyo" who heal them from their illnesses. Many also believe in mythical creatures like aswang, multo and maligno.

Prayer Points

* Pray to God for the healing of their illnesses and diseases
* Pray to God to have a good life

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Filipino, Tagalog
People Name in Country Tagalog
Population in Philippines 29,641,000
World Population 36,205,000
Countries 54
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pilipino
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Central
People Name General Filipino, Tagalog
Ethnic Code MSY44o
People ID 15175
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Manila, most of Luzon, and Mindoro.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Tagalog

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1898-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1902-1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1905)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Ang Biblia Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Magandang Balita Bible (Revised) Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Tagalog Meaning-Based Bible (2005) Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tagalog Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
The Hope Video Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.50 %
Other / Small
0.50 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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