MARTES

This word is from the Spanish martes.

Martes
Tuesday

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ABALA

Notice the different stress on the syllables on this word, depending on whether it’s used as an adjective or noun.

abala, adj
busy, occupied with something

Abala ako sa paghahanda.
I’m busy preparing.

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SETYEMBRE

from the Spanish septiembre

Setyembre
September

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PAMBIHIRA

root word: bihira (meaning: rarely, seldom, scarcely)

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BAGOONG

Inasnan o binurong alamang o isda.

bagoong
fermented fish/shrimp paste

Bagoóng is an encompassing term for Philippine condiments made from fish or tiny shrimps that are salted and fermented for several weeks. The color varies from light pink to dark brown, the texture from firm to watery.

Bagoong
Bagoong Alamang (krill / tiny shrimps)

In general, the shrimps produce a firmer, more colorful paste, while bagoong made from fish is liquid and darker.

Fish Bagoong
Bagoong Isda (Fish)
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MABAIT

root word: bait

mabait
nice, kind

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ARAW

The Tagalog word
araw has at least two meanings.

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HOLDAPER

This Filipino word is from the coined English term hold-upper, one who conducts a hold-up.

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