Hi! I’m Mike Estela. I was born and raised in the Philippines until I was 19 years old before moving here in the USA. Growing up, I mainly spoke the Bikol dialect as my family hails from the province of Camarines Sur, which is located in the Bicol region of the Philippines. In school, I also learned how to speak Tagalog or Filipino which is our national language in the Philippines. The Philippines is comprised of many islands with each region having one or more dialects. As a result, it is common for Filipinos to speak a specific dialect (or more) then use Tagalog to communicate with other Filipinos who came from different parts of the country.
Time has flown by fast and sometimes it’s hard to believe that I have been living here in America for more than 20 years already. Fortunately, though I speak English on a daily basis, I am still fluent in speaking Bikol and Tagalog.
I am currently married to another Filipino who came from the region of Leyte in the Philippines. My wife speaks the Visayan/Bisaya or Cebuano dialects which are very different from ours in Bicol. Not only are our word usage different, but mostly, the construction of the sentences and diction are also poles apart. We primarily speak Tagalog or Taglish (Tagalog and English) at home so we can understand each other. Though the difference in our native dialects is sometimes a challenge, it has become a blessing for the most part. I get the opportunity to learn how to speak Bisaya or Cebuano day-by-day, with my wife also learning our Bikol dialect. I learn new Cebuano words or sentences every day and amazed at how both our dialects are different yet also similar in many ways.
So this is how this site came to mind. I would like to share what I’ve learned, hoping that I can help my fellow Filipinos or foreign travelers/residents in the Philippines, learn new Tagalog words as well as words from the Cebuano and Bikol dialects. The set up of each page is simple. Each English word is accompanied by a picture to visually highlight the meaning of the word followed by its translation to the Tagalog language and the Cebuano and Bikol dialects.
I hope you have fun learning some dialects from the Philippines and will find this quick reference site helpful. If you see any typos/errors, please feel free to let me know so I can make the corrections right away. You may reach me at contact(at)dilangpinoy.com. Thank you!