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How to Sweet Talk a Filipina Woman in Tagalog

Updated on June 26, 2012

Why Filipina Women?

Single Filipino girls are a perfect match for many Western men. These girls are very family oriented,

fun-loving, and extremely loyal to their husbands and their families. Many of them dream of finding a

Western guy who will sweep them off their feet and provide them with a good home and a different

way of life.

We'll share how to woo her with words!

The Flag of the Philippines
The Flag of the Philippines

Say It in Her Language

Try a few phrases in Tagalog

Being able to speak a few phrases from her native language will go far in showing her how much she means to you and how serious you really are. Most Filipino girls love romance. They like being pampered, cared for and spending time alone with their sweethearts. It is a sure plus if you take the time to learn at least a few endearing phrases.

The best romantic phrases in Tagalog, have a "mahal" or "ibig" in them. This means "love" in English. If you are truly into a Filipina girl, you can tell

her, "Minamahal kita," or "Mahal kita," both of which mean, "I love you". If you want to go overboard you can say "Mahal na mahal kita," or "Sobrang mahal kita," which translates to, "I truly love you".

A Filipino Woman!
A Filipino Woman!

Flattering Words or Phrases to Say

"You know, I think about you a lot."

A good Tagalog phrase to use when dating a Filipino woman is, "Alam mo, lagi kitang iniisip," which in English means, "You know, I think about you a lot." This particular phrase does require some skill in timing and delivery, however. Saying it in an incorrect way or at an inappropriate time, may come across as insincere. It is recommended that you already know a Filipina to some extent before using this particular phrase.

In Filipino dating, another flattering remark to use is, "Alam mo, tuwing nakikita kita, sumasaya ako." In English this means, "You know, whenever I see you, I feel happy." A variation to this phrase is, "Alam mo, tuwing nakakausap kita, sumasaya ako," which translates to, "You know, whenever I get to talk to you, I feel happy."

When you want to compliment her appearance or say you find her beautiful, say, "Alam mo, (name) maganda ka." If you want to be specific, say you like her smile: "Ang ganda mo ngumiti," or "Ang ganda naman ng ngiti mo." If you find her eyes to be attractive, you can tell her: "Ang ganda ng mata mo," or "Ang ganda naman ng mata mo."

You can also mix English words with Tagalog words when complimenting a Filipina. Filipino singles will often throw in some English words into their sentences to make themselves more clear to the other party. In reality, most Filipino singles would find it cute hearing a foreigner mixing English with Tagalog words.

For complimenting beauty, the word "ganda," (beautiful in English) is essential. In eyes for example, just replace "mata" with eyes, which would come out as "Ang ganda ng eyes mo," or "Ang ganda naman ng eyes mo." With hair, you can say, "Ang ganda ng hair mo," or "Ang ganda naman ng hair mo." As with most anything, use flattering Tagalog words or phrases in moderation, as being too generous with compliments will seem as if you are not being genuine.

Have you eaten?
Have you eaten?

Common Sweet Tagalog Phrases

"Have You Eaten?"

A common sweet Tagalog phrase that Filipinos use with their lovers is, "Kumain ka na?" In English, this means, "Have you eaten?" Though on the surface it may not appear romantic, its real intent is to show an individual's concern to another, something regarded as being very sweet.

In response to this, the other party is supposed to answer with either, "Oo. Ikaw kumain ka na ba?" (Yes I have. How about you?) or "Hindi pa eh. Ikaw, kumain ka na?" (No, I have not. How about you?). This particular phrase can sometimes be used as a lead in to a conversation. Most would follow-up this question with another one asking about what the other party had or if the food he or she ate was good or not. The phrase, "Kumain ka na ba?" is actually a good icebreaker if you can't think of anything to say to a Filipino girl.

What to say when you are missing a Filipina

"Alam mo, na-miss kita"

In Filipino dating, when you are missing a girl, you can say the hybrid phrase, “Alam mo, na-miss kita,” or “Alam mo, miss na miss na kita.” The first one means, “You know what? I miss you,” while the second one translates to, “You know what? I miss you a lot.”

Another romantic remark that you can try is, “Nalulungkot ako pag matagal kitang hindi nakakausap,” (I get lonely whenever I don’t get to talk to you), or “Nalulungkot ako pag di kita nakikita,” (I get lonely whenever I don’t get to see you).

Lots of Fil-Am Couples meet online
Lots of Fil-Am Couples meet online

Terms of Endearment

Mahal, Irog, Inday?

Once you've gotten to know a Filipino girl from a personals or singles site like, you can start using some Tagalog terms of endearment. "Mahal" is a word that means "love," and is used by lovers to address one another. "Irog" is an old Tagalog word which means "my love,", but is rarely used nowadays as it is considered by many to be too old fashioned a term. Today, many young Filipino singles prefer to use "bee,"or "beh," which is a corruption of the English word, "baby."

In the Visayas and most of the Mindanao region of the Philippines, men call their lover or wife, "Inday," or "Day," (pronounced as "dye"). This is actually a name, not a word and does not have a particular meaning.

If you are already engaged to a Filipino girl, you can start calling her, "Me," which is a corruption of the English word, "Mommy." This word is actually very sweet sounding to Filipino ears, even if it sounds a bit weird to English speakers!

Give it a Try!

The fact that you are trying to communicate with a Filipina in her own language will do wonders for your relationship. This kind of effort speaks almost louder than words and needs no translation!

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      2 years ago

      how do you say you are cute in tagalog ? !

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      3 years ago

      lmao this is the stupidest article abt filipina that ive ever read.... what the hell, use jeje words as term of endearment???? do you even know what youre talking about! god, thats equal parts hilarious and disgusting

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      3 years ago

      Very ufeful tips

      Thnx a lot

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      4 years ago

      what t f with the 'alam mo, alam mo'

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      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a nice and entertaining hub. I admire you for writing a hub using Tagalog and translating it in the English language. Well done to you. Maraming salamat po(thank you very much).

    • CharlieF50 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Thanks, Diva!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the big laugh! Salamat za eyu!


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