Tagalog Resources  

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Maligayang Buwan ng Pambansang Wika (Happy National Language Month) or simply, Buwan ng Wika!

Take pride Filipinos, for only in the Philippines is the National Language given so much importance it merits a month-long celebration, according to the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWP) or Commission of Filipino Language. 

EVERY student in the Philippines know the enormous amount of time, effort, excitement, and anticipation that go into the preparations and celebration of Buwan ng Wika. Check out the complete video and learn some fun facts about this significant and honorable event that's celebrated annually in August. 

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June 2023 marks TCA's second anniversary! To celebrate and give back to our community,  TCA is launching the Tara Na…. series, a campaign that seeks to highlight the many aspects of the Filipino culture.  Tara Na is a Tagalog colloquial term for inviting a group of people to do an activity TOGETHER,  rooted in the concept that Filipinos like to do things as a community, best exemplified through the Bayanihan spirit.


Each activity is based on a Filipino root word converted into an UM or MAG verb thus creating words such as MAG-basa (to read), kUManta (to sing), MAGluto (to cook), and many others.


Through the help of Filipino American community leaders and our students, our hope is to bring the  community together through these various activities and learn more about our culture.


In its initial offering, TARA NA….Mag-basa, we feature an excerpt from the book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong. Learn about the discrimination suffered by Filipino Americans during his time and how these situations made Larry decide to become a labor union leader.


Larry Itliong is a Filipino American civic rights and labor leader.  His life long battle to bring justice to farm workers brought Larry Itliong triumphs early on in organizing via the west coast agricultural workers to leading the Delano Grape Strike and becoming a co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), which paved the way to create benefits, better working conditions and equal pay for agricultural workers.


The excerpt is read by Elena Mangahas, a prominent Filipino American community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about Elena at:  littlemanila.org/elena



Authors: Dawn Mabalon, PhD and Gayle Romasanta - bridgedelta.com/gayle-romasanta

Illustrated by: Andre Sibayan

Published by: Bridge + Delta

Photo credit: Sprague Talbott

Positively Filipino


Watch the full video below:

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! What better time to talk about how we say I love you in Tagalog?

Mahal Kita is a general way to say I love you and one can say this to just about anybody — your siblings, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties, cousins, your S.O. and of course, your friends.

Iniibig kita on the other hand is only used for expressing romantic love and love for the motherland. Remember our Patriotic Oath/Panatang Makabayan?) 

This is also what you can say if you want to get out of the friend zone and be truly clear about your feelings to a “friend.” Unlike in the English language where you can say I love you as a friend, Iniibig kita takes out the confusion about declaring your undying romantic love.

So there you have it, whichever way you want to say I love you in Tagalog--mahal kita, iniibig kita--or both, just make sure your loved ones hear you say it :)

February 14, 2022

Tip to teachers & parents: make Tagalog learning fun, while incorporating vocabulary learned in class!

One the optional homework we gave our students in our Tagalog for Kids classes this past weekend is to play "tumbang preso" with a “lata” (empty can) & tsinelas (“slipper”). You can see how the game is played in the video (and ask help with words you need).

Prompts: How did you feel while playing it? Masaya (happy) ? Nagagalak (excited)? Were you panalo (winner)? Did you lose (natalo)?

Laro na! (Let's play!)

What are some books we've found effective in our Tagalog classes? Tuttle Publishing has a few of them!

Joi Barrios' Tagalog for Beginners & Intermediate Tagalog
Nenita Pambid's Elementary Tagalog
Paraluman Aspillera's Basic Tagalog (with the latest edition updated and revised by our teacher, Karen Llagas. Available in Amazon and Tuttle's website)


Our students learn Tagalog through stories, songs and games, and many aspects of Filipino culture!  

Here's a favorite story/shadow puppet play written by an award-winning Filipino children's book author, Rene O. Villanueva. Tagalog audio with Tagalog & English subtitles.

Storytelling is a powerful tool to teach and learn Tagalog and Philippine society & culture