Mabuhay is a Tagalog expression that means “Long live!” It is a greeting much like “Hello” in English or “Annyong haseyo” in Korean. I often hear it in beauty pageants. I wonder how often do common Filipinos say “Mabuhay”? I don’t use it unless it’s for fun. I also don’t remember greeting my friends using that word. Or even my teachers when I was in school telling us to use it to greet someone. We commonly just say “Hi!” to our friends or “Good morning/afternoon/evening” to our superiors.
Since it’s “Araw ng Kalayaan” or Independence Day, let me just greet you “Mabuhay!”