The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings

The Tagalog word maganda means ‘beautiful’ but it is used as the equivalent of the English ‘good’ in greetings. It is common for Filipinos to greet each other with the phrase “Beautiful Day!”

Magandang araw.
Beautiful day ~

Magandang umaga.
Good morning.


Magandang tanghali.
Good noon.


Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.


Magandang gabi.
Good evening.

There is no exact equivalent for the English phrase ‘Good Night‘ in the Filipino language.

* The Tagalog word araw can mean both ‘day’ and ‘sun.’