This word is from the Spanish manzana (meaning: apple).


mga mansanas

Note that the word mansanas with an ‘s’ at the end is both singular and plural. Most Spanish-derived Tagalog words are like that. Another example of a word having an ‘s’ at the end yet used as both singular and plural: prutas

pulang mansanas
red apple

mapupulang mansanas
red apples

Kumain ka ng mansanas.
Eat an apple.

Bumili ako ng dalawang mansanas.
I bought two apples.

Picture of Mansanas

Apples are not native to the Philippines. It wasn’t until import liberalization in the 1980’s did it become easier to buy apples outside U.S. military bases.