BISAYA

Visayan = from the Visayas, the central part of the Philippines consisting of many islands

Bisaya
Visayan

Bisaya ka ba?
Are you Visayan?

Bisaya ang nanay nila.
Their mother is Visayan.

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TOKHANG

Ang pangalan ng proyektong TokHang ay hango sa salitang Cebuano na Toktok-Hangyo na ang ibig sabihin ay katok at pakiusap.

The name of the Philipppines’ Oplan Tokhang is derived from the Cebuano “Toktok-Hangyo” meaning “knock and plead (make a polite request to surrender or stop using drugs).”

Ito ang tawag sa kampanya ng Philippine National Police kontra droga.
This is what the PNP’s anti-drug campaign is called.

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Basic Cebuano Phrases

Sebuwano is a language very distinct from Tagalog, but we get enough inquiries about Cebuano that we decided to list a few basic phrases.

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Si Pilemon (Folksong in Cebuano)

Si Pilemon is a Cebuano folksong that’s popular even with Tagalog speakers who don’t know Cebuano.

The title of this song has also been spelled as Si Filemon, Si Pilimon, Si Pilemon, Si Filimon, si Philimon…

CEBUANO SONG LYRICS

Si Pilemon, si Pilemon namasol sa kadagatan.
Nakakuha, nakakuha og isdang tambasakan.
Gibaligya, gibaligya sa merkadong guba—
Ang halin pulos kura, ang halin pulos kura,
Igo lang ipanuba.

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The Lord’s Prayer in Cebuano

Cebuano is language of the Philippines that’s very distinct from Tagalog. It is spoken by around 20 million people.

When Filipinos refer to a language as Bisaya, they usually mean Cebuano, although there are other Visayan languages such as Hiligaynon (Ilonggo).

This is the Lord’s Prayer in Cebuano with English translation below the Binisaya.

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