This patriotic oath is legally required to be recited at all public and private schools in which the majority of students are Filipinos.
Patriotic Oath of the Philippines
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas, aking lupang sinilangan, Tahanan ng aking lahi, kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang Maging malakas, masipag at marangal Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas, Diringgin ko ang payo ng aking magulang, Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan, Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan, Naglilingkod, nag-aaral at nagdarasal nang buong katapatan. Iaalay ko ang aking buhay, pangarap, pagsisikap Sa bansang Pilipinas.
The Philippines is a country with a population of over 100 million. A citizen of the Philippines is called a Filipino.
Filipinos are not one ethnic group. Among the large ethnic groups in the Philippines are the Ilocano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Bicolano and Tagalog.
Tagalog is the name of an ethnic group in the Philippines. The language they speak is Tagalog.
The Tagalogs (the Tagalog people) speak the Tagalog language. Likewise, the Ilocanos speak the Ilocano language, and the Pangasinense speak the Pangansinan language. These are all very different languages; they are NOT just dialects.
Many of the Tagalog people live near Manila, the political and economic capital of the Philippines. When the 1935 constitution was drafted by government officials, they selected Tagalog as the basis of the national language.
In order not to slight the other ethnic groups, the national language was not called Tagalog, but Pilipino. Later, in the 1987 constitution, the national language was called Filipino, with an F.
The national language (Filipino) is to include not only words from Tagalog, but also from other Philippine and foreign languages.