Feel free to read this as well: Tagalog language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines, the other being English." "...in 1959, it was renamed by then Secretary of Education, José Romero, as Pilipino to give it a national rather than ethnic label and connotation. " " In 1971, the language issue was revived once more, and a compromise solution was worked out—a "universalist" approach to the national language, to be called Filipino rather than Pilipino. When a new constitution was drawn up in 1987, it named Filipino as the national language." Now say, "you were right". I won't hold my breath for that.