29+ Units Of Measurement In Tagalog: An Easy List


Whether for cooking, traveling, shopping, or more, learning different units of measurement in Tagalog, like pulgada (inches) or kilometro (kilometer), will surely be helpful for you! You see, learning about the metric system, measurement units, or metric units used in one country is one of the most important things to remember when traveling. Let’s go over that and more in this post!

Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, is a fascinating language with a rich history and unique characteristics. One of the most notable features of Tagalog is its vocabulary, which includes many words that are not found in other languages. For example, Tagalog has a number of words that describe concepts and ideas that are specific to the Filipino culture, such as “kilig” (the feeling of butterflies in your stomach when you’re in love), “lakad” (a leisurely stroll or walk), and “pasalubong” (a gift or souvenir brought back from a trip).

In this post, we’ll focus on the unique measurement words or “panukat na mga salita” to expand your vocabulary. Let’s begin!


Philippine Units Of Measurement

Associating numbers with physical quantities and events is the process of measuring or
sukat” in Tagalog. In early times in the Philippines, Filipinos did not use the metric unit or a reference calculator daily. The locals mainly utilized their bodies as measurement tools. For instance, they use body parts like their feet or arms to determine the length/distance (foreign equivalent) of something. Isn’t it quite unique?

To help you understand this concept further, here are some basic words for measurements in Tagalog.


English (Estimated)Tagalog Translation
piranggot½ inch
sandamak4 inches
dangkal8 inches
talampakan12 inches
bisig16 inches
dipa68 inches


English (Estimated)Tagalog Translation
10 gramsdakot
100 gramsguhit
½ kilokagitna
1 kilogatang
6 kiloschimanta
25 kiloskaban


English (Estimated)Tagalog Translation
80 mlsalok
250 mlsaro
400 mlmangkok

Note that the term “guhit” (100 grams) is a relatively new term for a unit of weight. Guhit is the Tagalog word for the lines in the scale.


Basic Units Of Measurement In Tagalog

After learning the Philippine units of measurement, let us now move to the standard unit of measurement and the international system of units. These are divided into different categories.

Quantity – Bilang

Shopping in the market? These units of measurement in Tagalog will definitely be helpful for you. The words pack (kaha) and box (kahon) are usually used when buying things sold in packs, like biscuits, instant noodles, and more. Dozens (Dosena), on the other hand, are usually used when buying things that are sold in dozens, like doughnuts, instant coffees, and more. These measurements are really essential when you’re doing groceries and just purchasing in a local or convenience store.

EnglishTagalog Translation
half-dozenkalahating dosena

Weight/Mass/Volume – Bigat

Learning about measurement units related to weight, mass, and volume can be helpful, especially when you are cooking, shopping, and more. In the country, kilograms are usually used when you’re buying uncooked rice/rice grains (bigas), fruits (prutas), vegetables (gulay), and more. When one likes to measure liquids for drinks, cooking, and more, liters (litro) and cups (baso) are used.

EnglishTagalog Translation
milliliters mililitro
cup baso

Length – Haba

If you want to measure things by length, the following words will be helpful for you. Inches (Pulgada) and foot (talampakan) are usually used to determine the height of something or someone. Of course, we should also learn how to say meters (metro) and centimeters (sentimentro) in Tagalog, as it is also one of the most commonly used units of measurement compared to others.

Measurement systems such as hectare (ektarya) and square meters (metro kuwadrado) are used to measure land or floor area.

EnglishTagalog Translation
square metermetro kuwadrado/
square meter


When traveling, remember that taxi fares and other forms of transportation are based on distance in the Philippines. The two units of measurement below are used to tell distance in Tagalog.

EnglishTagalog Translation
mile milya

Other Units Of Measurement In Tagalog

Looking for something more advanced? Here are the basic words you also need to master!

EnglishTagalog Translation
arm spandipa
a span;
distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of little finger

Phrases Using Units Of Measurements

One dozen of egg, please.Isa nga pong dosena ng itlog.
One kilo of uncooked rice, please!Isang kilo po ng bigas.
Add one cup of water.Dagdagan mo ng isang basong tubig.
Tumangkad ako ng isang pulgada. I grew one inch taller.
My house is one kilometer away from here. Ang bahay ko ay isang kilometro mula dito.

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One Response

  1. ano po yung siko sa sa filipino measurements?
    gamitin ko po sa pangungusap: “ang looban ay 100 siko ang haba, 50 siko ang luwang paharap sa silangan.”

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