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Useful and Common Filipino Greetings for Special Occasions

Updated on September 29, 2012
Fireworks that are typically seen during Philippine New Year celebrations
Fireworks that are typically seen during Philippine New Year celebrations | Source

The Filipino or Tagalog language is filled with words and expressions that we Filipino people commonly use during special occasions.

We generally value social relations and would often try to exchange a few words with acquaintances or speak with friends and families when something out of the ordinary happens.

We have picked up this practice through our culture, in particular our main religion – Catholic.

Our religion gives premium on the importance of family relations and the helping of friends and people in need.

It also creates several religious holidays during which we can all mingle and speak with one another.

So, in the Philippines, a special occasion always merit a greeting.

Now, below is a list of useful Filipino greetings for special occasions that you might find helpful and may even use one day.

Useful and Common Filipino Greetings for Special Occasions

FILIPINO or TAGALOG
ENGLISH
Maligayang Pasko!
Merry Christmas!
Manigong Bagong Taon!
Prosperous New Year!
Masaganang Bagong Taon!
 
Maligayang Bagong Taon!
Happy New Year!
Maligayang Araw ng mga Puso!
(literally) Happy heart's day!
 
(figuratively) Happy Valentine's Day!
Maligayang Araw ng mg Ama!
Happy Father's Day!
Maligayang Araw ng mga Ina!
Happy Mother's Day!
Maligayang Araw ng mga Lolo at Lola!
(literally) Happy Grandfather's and Grandmother's Day!
 
(figuratively) Happy Grandparents' Day!
Maligayang pista!
Happy feast!
Binabati ko kayo sa inyong pagtatapos!
Congratulations on your graduation (more than one person)!
Binabati kita sa iyong pagtatapos!
Congratulations on your graduation (one person)!
Binabati ko kayo sa inyong pag-iisang dibdib.
Congratulations / best wishes on your wedding. (more than one person)
Binabati ko kayo sa inyong kasal.
 
Binabati kita sa iyong pag-iisang dibdib.
Congratulations / best wishes on your wedding. (one person)
Binabati kita sa iyong kasal.
 
Maligayang anibersaryo!
Happy anniversary!
Maligayang bati!
Happy birthday!
Maligayang kaarawan!
 
Maligayang kaarawan sa iyo.
Happy birthday to you!
Anong gusto mong regalo?
What gift do you want?
Kailan ang kaarawan mo?
When is your birthday?
Maligayang pagdating!
Welcome!
Maligayang pagbalik!
Welcome back!
Mabuhay!
Long live!
Binabati kita!
I congratulate you!
 
Congratulations!
Binabati kita sa iyong pagkapanalo!
Congratulations for winning!
Magaling!
Great!
Mahusay!
 
Nakikiramay po ako.
I sympathize.
Nakikiramay po kami.
We sympathize.
Tanggapin po ninyo ang aming pakikiramay.
Please accept our condolences.
Tanggapin po ninyo ang aking pakikiramay.
Please accept my condolences.
Sumalangit nawa ang kanyang kaluluwa.
(literally) May his/her soul go to heaven.
 
(figuratively) May his/her soul rest in peace.
Sumalangit nawa ang kanilang kaluluwa.
(literally) May their souls go to heaven.
 
(figuratively) May their souls rest in peace.
Ipagdarasal namin siya.
We will pray for him/her.
Ipagdarasal ko siya.
I will pray for him/her.
Ipagdarasal namin sila.
We will pray for them.
Ipagdarasal ko sila.
I will pray for them.
Ipadarasal ka namin.
We will pray for you.
Ipagdarasal kita.
I will pray for you.
Pagpalain ka ng Diyos. (for one or more than one person)
God bless you.
Pagpalain kayo ng Diyos. (for more than one person)
God bless you.
Paumanhin.
Apologies.
Patawad.
Sorry.
Taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa iyo.
I sincerely thank you.
Taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat.
I sincerely thank all of you.

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @sergs_pogi TY Kabayan! :)

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      sergs_pogi 5 years ago

      Wow. What an exhaustive list of greetings. Congrats.

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