Tagalog Wikipedia

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Tagalog Wikipedia
Tagalog Wikipedia screenshot.png
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available in Tagalog
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Website tl.wikipedia.org
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched December 1, 2003; 14 years ago (2003-12-01)
The logo of Tagalog Wikipedia will be use only in May 23-June 4, 2017.

The Tagalog Wikipedia (Tagalog: Wikipediang Tagalog) is the Tagalog language edition of Wikipedia, which was launched on December 1, 2003. It has 80,305 articles and is the 68th largest Wikipedia according to the number of articles as of October 24, 2018.[1] This has fewer articles than the Cebuano Wikipedia, the largest Philippine-based language version of Wikipedia, which currently has more than 5,380,000 articles and the Waray Wikipedia, which has more than 1,263,000 articles.[2][3]

However, the Tagalog Wikipedia has an article depth of 25.46, compared to 3.51 for the Waray Wikipedia and 1.21 for the Cebuano Wikipedia, as of October 24, 2018.[4]

By active users, it has 124, compared to 139 for the Cebuano Wikipedia and 68 for the Waray language edition.


The Tagalog Wikipedia was launched on December 1, 2003 as the first Wikipedia in a language of the Philippines requested at the Wikimedia Incubator, where potential Wikimedia project wikis in new language versions can be proposed.

As of February 3, 2011, it has more than 50,000 articles.[5] Bantayan, Cebu became the 10,000th article on October 20, 2007 while Pasko sa Pilipinas (Christmas in the Philippines) became the 15,000th article on December 24, 2007.[6] Localization of software messages through the Betawiki (or translatewiki.net) was finished on February 6, 2009.[7]

In 2011, the Tagalog Wikipedia was part of the WikiHistories fellowship research project of the Wikimedia Foundation. The project tries to capture the triumphs, failures, and daily struggles of the editors working to make the dream of globally shared knowledge a reality.[8]


  • March 11, 2008: Pandaka pygmaea - 16,000th article[9]
  • June 30, 2008: Silindro (Harmonica) - 17,000th article[10]
  • August 5, 2008: Unang Aklat ng mga Macabeo (1 Maccabees) - 18,000th article[11]
  • October 2, 2008: Heriyatriko (Geriatrics) - 19,000th article[12]
  • November 1, 2008: Anak ng Tao (Son of man) - 20,000th article[13]
  • March 22, 2010: Sky Girls - 25,000th article[14]
  • July 20, 2010: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf - 30,000th article[15]
  • October 25, 2010: 1714 Sy - 40,000th article[16]
  • Nobyembre 9, 2010: Ekonometriks (Econometrics) - 45,000th article[17]
  • January 15, 2011: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal - 50,000th article[18]
  • February 4, 2013: Lalaking Vitruvio - 60,000th article[19]

First steps of Tagalog Wikipedia

The very first article created in the Tagalog Wikipedia (aside from Unang Pahinga or the main page) is about Wikipedia. It was created on March 25, 2004. During the times when Tagalog Wikipedia's standards on articles were not strict, the very first featured article was Livestrong wristband, but this was replaced by the article kimika (chemistry) in line with the revised standards.[20] But kimika along with the second featured article wiki were eventually replaced by a review process.[21][22] Technically, the very first featured article that survived the review process is about keso (cheese).[23]

The File:Flutterbye.jpg was the first featured picture for the article paru-parong Viceroy (Viceroy butterfly). Because the file was deleted, it was replaced by File:St Vitus stained glass.jpg for the article Katedral ng San Vitus (St. Vitus Cathedral).[24] Although the featured picture archive lists File:Viceroy Butterfly.jpg as the first featured picture.

The first three articles that appeared in Alam Ba Ninyo? (Did you know?) were web browser (en), Wikang Bulgaro (Bulgarian language) and Pilipinas (Philippines).[25] There was a section entitled On This Day at the main page in April 2, 2008, but this was hidden on May 3, 2008 because of lack of contributors of this section.[26][27]


The Tagalog Wikipedia has several characteristics which define it differently from other language editions of Wikipedia. According to Michael Tan, a Filipino anthropologist and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, the Tagalog Wikipedia greatly depends on the UP Diksyonaryong Filipino for basic definitions.[28] Though focused on the Tagalog language, it has pages that helps non-Tagalog speakers on anything related about the online project.[29]


The Tagalog Wikipedia has significant coverage of topics related to the Philippines, as well as anime and manga-related topics. In 2010, GMA News and Public Affairs released a report criticizing the Tagalog Wikipedia's lack of science-related articles.[30]

Project name

According to Wikipedians from the Tagalog and English Wikipedias, the Tagalog Wikipedia also represents the Filipino language.[31][32][33] According to the Vibal Foundation, a foundation that started WikiPilipinas, the Tagalog Wikipedia is different from WikiFilipino, the wiki that they manage because WikiFilipino uses Filipino language while Tagalog Wikipedia uses Tagalog language.[34] The difference or sameness of Tagalog and Filipino sparked a debate among Tagalog Wikipedians about the name of the project. This debate was mentioned in an article by DILA (Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago),[35] an organization that defends indigenous languages of the Philippines.


  1. ^ "Wikipedia, ang malayang ensiklopedya: Unang Pahina". Tagalog Wikipedia (in Tagalog). Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mga Estadistika
  3. ^ "MAUPAY: Waray Wikipedia hits more than one million articles". InterAksyon. 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ Wikipedia article depth - Meta
  5. ^ Tagalog Wikipedia, retrieved on February 3, 2011
  6. ^ From the Announcements at Wikipedia:Tambayan Philippines
  7. ^ List of tasks at Translatewiki.net (Betawiki), on February 6, 2009
  8. ^ From the project page of WikiHistories
  9. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Pandaka pygmaea
  10. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Silindro
  11. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Unang Aklat ng mga Macabeo
  12. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Heriyatriko
  13. ^ Talk page of Anak ng Tao in Tagalog Wikipedia
  14. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Sky Girls
  15. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
  16. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of 1714 Sy
  17. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Ekonometriks
  18. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
  19. ^ From the Tagalog Wikipedia talk page of Lalaking Vitruvio
  20. ^ Česky. "From the archive of the Tagalog Wikipedia" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  21. ^ "From the review of Kimika on the Tagalog Wikipedia, Marso 25-26, 2008" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  22. ^ Česky. "From the history of the Wikipedia:Mga napiling artikulo" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  23. ^ Česky. "From the history of the Wikipedia:Mga napiling artikulo" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  24. ^ "From the archive of the Tagalog Wikipedia" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  25. ^ "From the history of template of Alam Ba Ninyo?" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  26. ^ "From the history of Wikipedia:Mga pangyayari noong unang panahon" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  27. ^ Česky (2011-08-24). "From the history of Unang Pahina" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  28. ^ Tan, Michael (2 August 2011). "Pinoy Kasi: 'Utak'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  29. ^ Francia, Luis (27 March 2015). "The Artist Abroad: Hold up half the sky? Not there yet". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  30. ^ Dimacali, Timothy James M. (5 October 2010). "Google Translate spews profanities in Filipino". GMA News.
  31. ^ tl:Wikipedia:Pamantayang pangwika ; tl:Wikipedia:Gabay sa abakada at pagbabaybay
  32. ^ "Wikipedia:Kapihan: "Filipino Wikipedia (on Wikimedia Incubator)"" (in Tagalog). Tl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  33. ^ Kaugnay: The Filipino Wiktionary Debate (formerly It's official) (WP:Tambay Archive14)
  34. ^ "WikiFilipino, Isang Pagsusuri". Kristine Mandigma. Vibal Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-15. [dead link]
  35. ^ "The Subdialect Filipino" (PDF). Guerrero de la Paz. Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago. Retrieved 2009-05-15.

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