Recently, I have received a number of inquiries concerning language requirements for being naturalized as a Philippine Citizen.
The law on this is clear:
He must be able to speak and write English or Spanish and any one of the principal Philippine languages
A number of people have stated to me that this means that if you can speak English or Spanish, you may be naturalized in the Philippines. This, however, is clearly incorrect. The law states that you must speak English or Spanish AND one of the principal Philippine Languages.
What are the “principal Philippine languages? Well, that part is open to interpretation, but would include languages like Tagalog, Filipino, Cebuano (Bisaya), Ilocano, Ilonggo and such. Being able to speak (and write) any of these national languages or regional languages would fulfill the language requirements for naturalization.