Tagalog Wikipedia

Tagalog-language edition of the free online encyclopedia
Tagalog Wikipedia

Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available in Tagalog
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
URL tlwikipediaorg
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched December 1, 2003; 18 years ago (2003-12-01)

The Tagalog Wikipedia (Tagalog: Wikipediang Tagalog) is the Tagalog language edition of Wikipedia, which was launched on December 1, 2003 It has 43,681 articles and is the 101st largest Wikipedia according to the number of articles as of November 24, 2022


The Tagalog Wikipedia was launched on December 1, 2003 as the first Wikipedia in a language of the Philippines

As of February 3, 2011, it has more than 50,000 articles 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 Localization of software messages through the Betawiki (or translatewikinet) was finished on February 6, 2009

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


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

Due to the mass deletion of very short articles, as of July 2021, the total number of articles is below 50,000

First steps of Tagalog Wikipedia

The first article created in the Tagalog Wikipedia (aside from Unang Pahina 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 first featured article was Livestrong wristband, but this was replaced by the article kimika (chemistry) in line with the revised standards But kimika along with the second featured article wiki were eventually replaced by a review process Technically, the very first featured article that survived the review process is about keso (cheese)

The File:Flutterbyejpg 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 glassjpg for the article Katedral ng San Vitus (St Vitus Cathedral) Although the featured picture archive lists File:Viceroy Butterflyjpg 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) There was a section entitled On This Day at the main page on April 2, 2008, but this was hidden on May 3, 2008, because of lack of contributors of this section


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 Though focused on the Tagalog language, it has pages that helps non-Tagalog speakers on anything related about the online project


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

Project name

According to Wikipedians from the Tagalog and English Wikipedias, the Tagalog Wikipedia also represents the Filipino language 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 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), an organization that defends indigenous languages of the Philippines

Comparison with other Philippine-based language editions

Compared to the other Philippine-based language editions of Wikipedia, it has significantly fewer articles than the Cebuano Wikipedia, which currently has more than 6,125,000 articles, and the Waray Wikipedia, which has more than 1,266,000 articles, as the majority of the articles in those two languages were initially created by the Lsjbot

The Tagalog Wikipedia has an article depth of 16228, compared to 356 for the Waray Wikipedia and 216 for the Cebuano Wikipedia, as of November 24, 2022 By active users, it has 155, compared to 171 for the Cebuano Wikipedia and 78 for the Waray language edition

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