The Tagalog language forms the base for Pilipino or Filipino, which, along with English, is an official language of the Southeast Asian country known as the Philippines. Native Tagalog speakers number approximately 14 million, comprising the second-largest linguistic group in the country.
Most Filipinos who speak Tagalog as their first language are mainly located in the central part of Luzon island and certain areas of the Mindanao region. As a second language, it is spoken by roughly 25 million persons. The use of Tagalog is widespread in the Philippine press, literature, and mass media. It also functions as a language for education and government communication.