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The Philippines has two official languages; Filipino and English. Filipino is the national language of the Philippines and out of its estimated population of 108.2 million, 45 million speak Filipino. The development history of the Filipino language is complex. Officially, it is the standard version of Tagalog, the language spoken mostly in Luzon, the foremost island of the Philippines. The Filipino language is a member of the Austronesian language family, which includes Malay, Māori and Hawaiian. It belongs to the subgroup of Malayo-Polynesian languages that are typically spoken by people in several island nations in the Pacific Ocean and South East Asia.

Filipino includes modified or nativized words from English and Spanish, as well as native Tagalog words. Tagalog used to be written with the Baybayin alphabet, which probably developed from the Kawi script of Java, Bali and Sumatra, which in turn descended from the Pallava script, one of the southern Indian scripts derived from Brahmi. Today the Baybayin alphabet is used mainly for decorative purposes and the Latin alphabet is used to write to Tagalog.

The earliest known book in Tagalog is the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine) which was published in 1593. It was written in Spanish and Tagalog, with the Tagalog text in both Baybayin and the Latin alphabet.