Magandang Balita Biblia

18Siya'y nakikinig at handang tumulong sa lahat ng tao,

sa sinumang taong pagtawag sa kanya'y tapat at totoo.

Mga Awit 145:18

About the Tagalog language

There are more than 50 million speakers of Tagalog in the Philippines, mostly in the southern parts of Luzon, the archipelago’s largest island. Other dialects spoken in the Philippines include Cebuano, Ilokano, Waray-Waray, Hiligaynon, Pangasinan, Bikol, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, and Kapampangan, but the official language, Filipino, is based on Tagalog. There are also significant numbers of Tagalog-speaking communities in other countries, with the largest in the United States where it ranks as the sixth most-spoken language.

Derived from “Taga-ilog,” which literally means “from the river,” Tagalog is an Austronesian language belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian subfamily, with outside influences from Malay and Chinese, and later from both Spanish and American English through four centuries of colonial rule. This influence is seen in Tagalog words and their spelling.

Tagalog had its own writing system based on an ancient script called the Baybayin that uses a syllabic alphabet, which the Spanish colonialists romanized. Even the modern alphabet has been changed several times to incorporate foreign sounds from both Spanish and English.

About Magandang Balita Biblia Translation

This contemporary edition of the Bible has 40 years of faithful translation as its legacy. It was updated to reflect the changes in the modern Filipino language. With larger fonts and easy to understand sentences, it is for Tagalog readers of all ages. These editions have soft- and hardbound covers.

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