Avoid using "mahilig" when referring to persons or people because it would suggest something like a "carnal addiction" for them. Deciding when to use "Gusto" or "Mahilig" can sometimes cause confusion for new students. "Gusto" expresses wanting, or liking something, or approval, or a favorable opinion of something; while "mahilig" expresses fondness for something and often a desire to "do something" to the object of approval.
Mahilig Example Sentences in Tagalog: (9)
Are you fond of writing?
You like to spread rumors / gossips.
Mahiligmagpóstsi Julie sa Facebook. (Taglish)
Julie is fond of creating posts on Facebook.
I am fond of ice cream. (I like ice cream, but don't necessarily want it right now)
I am not fond of dancing.
Do you enjoy / Are you fond of cooking?
Mahiligsi Anna samgakantáni Beyonce.
Anna is fond of songs by Beyonce.
Mahiligsi Jude kumantákahitnawalâsiyásatono.
Jude is fond of singing even though he's out of tune.