“Come alive!”

As an exclamation, the Tagalog word Mabuhay is used akin to the Japanese Banzai, the Spanish ¡Viva! or the French Vive!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Long live the Philippines!
Vive la France!
Long Live France!
Nippon Banzai!
Long Live Japan!
Viva Italia!
Long Live Italy!

Mabuhay is also used to welcome visitors arriving in the Philippines. Tourists frequently hear this word at the airport when a special Filipino welcome is prepared for them.

The root word is buhay, meaning life.

Kailangang mag-trabaho upang mabuhay.
One has to work in order to live.

Mabuhay ang Demokrasya!
Long Live Democracy!

Mabuhay ang Inang-Bayan!
Long Live the Mother Country!

Mabuhay. Tumawa. Magmahal.
Live. Laugh. Love