Filipino, a tongue based on the widely spoken language of Tagalog, is the co-official language of the Philippines, alongside English. English television channels and newspapers are common in urban areas, and, since everyone who has been to school has studied English, it is widely used on the street as well. Even when speaking Tagalog or another regional language, locals will often sprinkle their sentences with English words and phrases.
In the cities, Anglophones will have no problems speaking with taxi drivers, waiters, or even people in the smallest shops or market stalls. This widespread knowledge of English has made the Philippines a popular destination for travelers from the U.S., Australia, Great Britain and other English-speaking nations.