Why Filipinos Have Spanish Surnames

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  All Filipino people have surnames: some have Spanish sounding ones, some have native Tagalog ones, some have Chinese sounding ones....the only one who does not have an "apelydo" or surname is Gloc 9 because " nandito na si Gloc 9, wala siyang apelydo"! As husband of a Filipina I have regular social interactions with Filipinos and I know plenty of De La Cruz, Ramos, De Ramos, Lopez, Lachica and many other Filipino people who have Spanish surnames I also have Pinoy friends who have non Spanish-sounding surnames like Binaban, Macaraig, Macaraeg. My wife's surname is Eco and this particular surname is actually common in Italy and Umberto Eco is one of the most famous Italian writers and best-selling authors. I also know many whose surname is Tolentino , which could also be Italian and, actually, here in Italy we have the town of Tolentino and Nicola da Tolentino is viewed as a saint by the Catholic church. While a lot of Filipino people have Spanish surnames, th

Pseudo Verbs in Tagalog

 In the English language there are the so-called modal verbs that are used to talk about needs and wants (must, shall, will, should, would, can, could, may, and might).


In Tagalog there are the so-called pseudo-verbs that have a more or less similar function.


The reason why they are called pseudo-verbs is because they have no verbal aspect, so they are not conjugated (in Tagalog there are only verbal aspects not tenses like in English), nor do they have any affixes attached to them indicating focus.


These verbs are:


Gusto like


Ayaw dislike


Kailangan need


Pwede can


Maaari might


Dapat must


PWEDE-DAPAT-MAAARI


These 3 pseudo-verbs can be used both in sentences where the doer of the action is in focus and in sentences where the actor is not in focus


Examples:


Actor in focus:


Pwede akong pumunta sa bahay ni Mario


Maaaring tumawag ang asawa ko sa akin (in this case, because the pseudo-verb comes before the verb, it is linked to it by -ng)


Dapat akong bumili ng pagkain


Actor not in focus


Example


Pwede kong tulungan sila


Maaaring ibigay ko ang isang regalo sa anak ko


Dapat kong isulat ang isang liham


GUSTO/AYAW


These pseudo-verbs always go with ng pronouns so you never say gusto ako but always gusto KO or ayaw KO.


Ayaw ko can be shortened as ayoko


Examples:


"Nanay, tatay, gusto kong tinapay" (or a more modern version: "nanay, tatay, gusto ko isang tagay....")


Gusto kong bilhin ang pagkain


Gusto kong bumili ng pagkain


Ayaw kong bumili ng pagkain (or ayoko bumili ng pagkain)


Gusto ko ng alak


Ayoko ng alak

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