Out of interest is the spoken language on the show Fillipino or Enlgish? because I've saw some clips that seem to be a mix of English & Fillipino
We speak both languages. According to our constitution, the Philippines' official languages are Filipino (aka Tagalog) and English. We sometimes speak in one language and immediately use the other one. Sometimes we would mix English words to Filipino (Tagalog) sentences because the Filipino (Tagalog) language has no words for certain English terms and vice versa, we call this as TAGLISH. Many times we use Filipino interjections to English sentences like "I love you, na!"
I cannot fully explain how this works but I think it will help you to understand the Filipino Language with this website of an Irish guy who tries to learn the Tagalog in 3 months, which he thinks is very easy to learn! http://www.fluentin3months.com/manila/
I got a small book and learned some vocabulary off, and then when I produced it to natives they thought it was very strange that my book taught me to say it that way, so I can’t even trust the little learning material I have!
You see, English’s influence is stronger than the formal books would have you think! While the grammar and base vocabulary remains very much Asian, there are many words that they just prefer to say in English over a “pure” Tagalog version. Of course it depends on who you talk to. I don’t tend to rub shoulders with university lecturers, so I prefer to speak like people my age do in the street in all my languages.
Because of this, I will be focusing on the Taglish side of Tagalog – it’s simply the smartest choice. Purists and linguists would hate this and search for what they would consider as the better word, even if it sounds pompous, but I want to talk with people, not examinations. More on this later!
PS there are more than 100 languages in the Philippines. Some people call them dialects but they are not understandable and unrelated to each other that calling them as dialect, i believe, insults their uniqueness. You can drive 10 KM from Metro Manila and notice people speaking another language. Sometimes Big Brother stops certain housemates to talk in their native languages like what happened in season 3 and teen3.