Dialog: Sa Klase
Magandang umaga as inyong lahat. Good morning to you all.
Magandang umaga po naman. Good morning, sir/mam..
Kumusta kayo? How are you?
Mabuti po naman. We’re fine, sir/mam.
Nasaan si John? Where is John?
Wala po. May sakit siya. He’s not here, sir/mam. He’s ill.
naman too, also
po’ respect article
Magandang umaga. Good morning.
Magandang tanghali. Good noon.
Magandang hapon. Good afternoon.
Magandang gabi. Goodnight.
Kumusta ka (kayo)? How are you?
Mabuti (po) naman. I’m fine.
Po’ is a respect particle roughly equivalent in usage to “sir” or “ma’am” in English. It is used for older people, for one’s superiors, or for strangers. It is significantly absent from the speech of older people and superiors and in interchanges between equals. It is obligatory in the speech of barrio folks. Ho’ is a less formal variant of po’.
Po’ is obligatorily accompanied by kayo (second person plural pronoun) or the even more respectful sila (third person plural pronoun). Kayo and sila are used in deferential speech in direct address.