– if it is, then what does it mean?
I think you mean the word, “mabuti”. It’s usually a response to “Kumusta”? “kumusta is from the Spanish greeting, ” como estas ” meaning, “how are you”. The response is “mabuti” which means ” good”.
I think you mean–M’bote ?
That is a Cebuano word. Used in the Central Visayas region. Not a Tagalog word.
Someone says Kumusta in greeting, Hi Good Morning or good day.How are you?
You Reply –M’bote and that is simply, Hi back, thanks.
Of course, I only know Bisaya and not Tagalog so I may be wrong and that word as you spell it is Tagalog for something–wait and see the next replies I think??
“Mabuti” is Tagalog. In English it means good.
As in ‘How are you?’