Definition of Ato ni Bai
Ato ni Bai is a Visayan Phrase, in Bisaya or Cebuano, it means “Our Own Buddy” in simple English. ‘Ato ni’ means Our own and ‘Bai’ it means Buddy or a Friend. This phrase is well-known all over Visayas and Mindanao region in the Philippines.
Mostly Cebuanos can speak 3 languages including Cebuano, Tagalog, and English. Most of us can speak and write with these languages fluently. That’s why Cebuanos are much better than people from the central Luzon who speak Tagalog because Bisaya or Cebuano can speak and understand Tagalog and English whereas Tagalog people can hardly speak Bisaya.
The Philippines as over 30 or more languages (dialects) constitute the Visayan language family. The Visayan language with the most speakers is Cebuano, spoken by 20 million people as a native language in Central Visayas, parts of Eastern Visayas, eastern Negros Island Region and most of Mindanao.
Two other well-known and widespread Visayan languages are Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), spoken by 10 million in most of Western Visayas, western Negros Island Region and SOCCSKSARGEN, and Waray-Waray, spoken by 3 million in Eastern Visayas.
The Philippines has 8 major dialects:
- Cebuano (Bisaya)
- Hiligaynon (Ilonggo)
- Waray (Bisaya)
This country is well-known of rich cultures and well as languages. The country’s national language is Tagalog. Atonibai is an original word made only in the Philippines and proud Visayan dialect. Filipinos are very proud of what they have and what they can offer to our visitors that will come to this country. We (Filipinos) are very well-known of being warm and hospitable to our guests.
The phrase is what we have proud as a Bisaya and as a Filipino in General. The next time you heard this word in our own native tongue, we are just very proud people of our native land.
If you’re one of those social media fanatics, follow us on popular networking sites or simply by just doing the hashtag #Atonibai it means a lot of us. We are proud Bisdak – Bisayang Dako.