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Filipino, also called the Tagalog language, is the official national language of the Philippines. In the 16th century when Spanish explorers arrived in the Philippine island group the three primary working languages were Tagalog, Ilocano and Visayan. As these languages are closely related they are very easy for the Filipino people to learn. Around 1937, Tagalog was deemed widely spoken and most understood across the islands and the primary language of Manila, the economic center of the Philippines. In 1959 the language became known as Filipino in order to disassociate it from any particular ethnic group. Baby Name World contains many Filipino, Polynesian and Malaysian baby names and name meanings.