Tagalog is the official - although not the only language - of the Philippines. Filipino, which is the national language of the Philippines, is a dialect of Tagalog.
The vast majority of the population of the Philippines understand Tagalog giving more than 96 million people - but it is the mother tongue of just 28 million people.
Tagalog uses cases unusually - not relying on the nominative and accusative cases as in European languages. Tagalog has 20 Latin characters and Filipino has 28 - to accommodate borrowings of foreign words.
In a population that exceeds 100 million, more than two thirds have yet to come online. While there are several geographic, infrastructural and socio-economic factors preventing internet adoption from really taking off in the Philippines, the introduction of ever cheaper smartphones from predominantly Chinese manufacturers is helping spur online growth. Google Philippines is the dominant search engine, with 89% market share.
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