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Tausug language heard over Korean drama

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Filpino viewers of a popular Korean drama series were surprised to hear the Tausug language delivered by one of the characters.

Episode 9 of “Arthdal Chronicles” had a nameless character from the fictional Wabi tribe utter “Kaunahan tara isa kuma-on. Iban binug-tubig.” Translated to English, it means he asked for food and water.

The series stars Song Joong-ki, a popular Korean actor who recently figured in the news after his divorce from actress Song Hye-kyo, his wife of less than two years, was confirmed.

Nash Ang, the series director who is also an actor, acknowledged the online buzz created by the Tausug dialog.

“So some Arthdal Chronicles viewers just noticed that one of indigenous languages from the Philippines is featured in this Korean drama. “TAUSUG” is one of the languages spoken by Wahan tribe,” wrote Ang in a Facebook post.

Tausug is a regional language spoken in Sulu, in the eastern area of the state of Sabah, Malaysia and in North Kalimantan and Indonesia.

The Netflix Original series “Arthdal Chronicles” tells the story of warring tribe leaders amid different religious and political beliefs.

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