What Does the Phrase "Pinoy Ako, Pinoy Tayo" Mean?


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"Pinoy ako, Pinoy tayo" means "I'm a Filipino, we are Filipinos." The phrase is Tagalog and has become popular as part of "Pinoy Ako," the theme song to "Pinoy Big Brother," which is a Filipino version of the American reality show "Big Brother."

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"Pinoy" is slang for "Filipino." It was first used for Filipinos in the United States in the 1920s. "Ako" means "I,"and "tayo" means "we" in Tagalog and the standardized form of Tagalog, Filipino, which is one of the official languages of the Philippines. The Tagalog phrase implies the verbs and the article "a."

The song "Pinoy Ako" is by Orange and Lemons. The Reo Brothers released a new version for Season 5 of "Pinoy Big Brother."

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