presents some important features of the different regional cultures that make up the
Filipino people. The topics are arranged according to ethnolinguistic classification. This
grouping, however, does not mean that these cultures can be easily distinguished from one
another. There are more things that these groups share than things that tell them apart.
Tagalog is the primary basis of the national language called Filipino, which, along with English, are the two official languages of the Philippines. Both also serve as the national lingua franca.
There are eight major
languages based on the number of speakers:
Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, Waray, Bikolano, Pangasinense, and Kapampangan.
Apart from the ethnolinguistic groups, a uniquely diverse culture has evolved in Northern Luzon and in Mindanao and the southern islands of the Philippine archipelago.
The Philippine map on this page provides links to topics on Philippine regional cultures. Click on the appropriate areas of the map on the left to go to these links. (Links to other ethnolinguistic/geographic groups will be added later.)