Helpful Surigaonon Phrases Before you Travel to Siargao Island
This is a simple guide for those who want to travel to Siargao Island and learn their local language.
I strongly encourage any travelers (foreign or local) to learn Surigaonon when visiting the island. It is the best way to show respect for its people and to the island.
I hope you will learn the basic greetings and use them when you are in the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island.
Siargao Surigaonon Phrases
Basic greeting according to the time of the day.
Marajaw is equivalent to Cebuano’s maayo or good in English.
Buntag for morning, udto for noon, hapon for afternoon and duyom for evening.
- Marajaw na buntag!
- Marajaw na udto
- Marajaw na hapon
- Marajaw na duyom
To ask someone how they are doing.
- Marajaw ra sab. – I’m fine.
- Okay ra. – I’m okay.
To ask someone how they are doing more aggressively.
Nauno man kaw? – What happened to you?
- Waya ra. – Nothing.
- Tagpasuan ako kay arang ka langka! – I feel hot because it’s humid!
- Tagtignaw ako. – I feel cold
- Taggutom ako. – I am hungry
- Tag-uhaw ako. – I am thirsty
What’s your name?
Simay imo ngayan? – What’s your name?
- Ako si Ron. – I am Ron
- Sin-o kaw? – Who are you?
Where are you from?
Taga hain kaw?
- Taga Manila ako. – I am from Manila
- Taga hain sab kaw? – How about you, where are you from?
Where are you going?
Haman kaw pasingod?
- Pasingod ako sa tiyangge. – I am going to the market.
- Pauli na ako sa bayay. – I am going home.
Have you eaten yet?
Nokaon na kaw?
- Oo, nokaon na. – Yes, I have eaten already.
- Waya pa. – Not yet.
- Salamat karajaw! – Thank you very much!
- Wayay sapajan. – You’re welcome.
I hope you find this article useful. Let me know if you visited any Siargao Island recently! How was your experience?
P.S. I have a Surigaonon Phrases if you travel to Surigao del Sur. It is a different version.
Carlo Andrew Olano
Marajaw Karajaw!!! I miss your province. Mogawas nako sa Bayay para mag-Siargao. Puhon 🙂
I miss your blog posts. I hope to see you write more often.
Thanks, Ms Roneth, for sharing some unfamiliar. Surigaonon phrases. I also did a bit of research and found that Surigao is a port and trading centre which lies just southeast of Bilaa Point on the Surigao Strait. Most of the fishing, lumbering, and farming (coconuts, abaca [Manila hemp], and rice) which are economically important, are carried out by the Cebuano people, a subgroup of the Visayan peoples, who compose the largest population segment of northern Mindanao. Mao diay daghan gabisaya didto 🙂
Marajaw Karajaw! Thanks ms Roneth for sharing Surigaonon phrase that cebuannos isn’t familiar about. I miss your blogs!
It’s refreshing to read your blog again and to see the waves on this cold day. Also, surigaonon dialect seems close to waray and i love it!
I am happy you are back, Roneth! Nauno man kaw? hahaha. Application dayon. Welcome, Roneth. Cheers to more, more, more content in the last coming C3 weeks!
I remembered my closed friend way back in college. She taught me basic surigaonon words like what you posted. Hope we can visit surigao soon. God willing!
I am half Surigaonon since my father is from Surigao. I was raised in Surigao City when I was little before family moved in Cebu. I hope I had learned the language before. But I never learned any phrase til these days.