A has-been Filipino politician named Teddy Locsin Jr. angered both netizens and academics by tweeting his distaste for the Tagalog language during the presidential debates, declaring it “long and useless.”
Our languages are not lacking. It is us who failed in not cultivating it.
English is superior, not because it is inherently suitable for deep discourse, but because we ourselves put it on a pedestal.
I grew up Bisayan and also spoke English. My encounters with Tagalog (Filipino) were peripheral, boring and forgettable: Joseph Estrada or Fernando Poe Jr movies on the one hand, and the formal teaching of Tagalog in grade school and high school.
Posted: July 30, 2016, 3:48 am
Anti-Martial Law rock musical
It is a rock musical, with musical direction by Pipo Cifra. The most recent musical by PSF was Pope-pular, which cast the character of the beloved Pope Francis as a Tagalog-speaking, singing and dancing Pontiff. It chalked up 565 perfomances all over the ...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 11:52 pm
Duterte sets ball rolling for federal system
Luzon will have the State of Bicol, the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region. The president will remain head of state, and the federal government will retain exclusive ...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 1:36 pm
Occupying Oaxaca and Bodegas in the Philippines: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing
“Called sari-saris in Tagalog, the convenience stores are found on nearly every block, owned and operated by neighborhood families. They’re community centers in a way, where customers can get canned goods, drinks, water, beer, cigarettes, prepaid phone ...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 10:03 am
New PDEA chief vows to hunt down ‘big fishes’ in the illegal drugs trade
DDB and PDEA are under the supervision of the Office of the President. Ruiz, a native of Cebu City, was transferred from the Calabarzon area, formally known as the Southern Tagalog Region, to lead PDEA-7 in the fight against illegal drugs. He was appointed ...
Posted: July 28, 2016, 8:45 am
LOOK: Lucy Torres Gomez Wears Husband’s Old Barong to SONA
Torres-Gomez shared the news on Instagram, saying that she brought an old Barong Tagalog to designer Randy Ortiz for him to alter. She said, “One of Richard’s Randy Ortiz barongs, reworked into a Filipiniana top for yesterday’s SONA (Randy simply ...
Posted: July 27, 2016, 9:09 am
The SONA That Got A Nation Moving
For starters, majority of the SONA was not spoken in traditional Tagalog; instead the President opted for English, which -unusually- would be easier to understand for Filipinos outside of Luzon. Secondly, he started with a neat observation; the three ...
Posted: July 27, 2016, 2:39 am
Perkins Twins release new album “Can’t Stop” under Universal Records
She was a pleasure to work with” Jesse said. With sumptuous intertwining harmonies, the duo underscores five of their original compositions and one Tagalog song written by Kiko Salazar. “Kung Aamin,” the only Tagalog song in the album was ...
Posted: July 25, 2016, 7:55 pm
Groups from Southern Tagalog jumpstart Sona rally in Batasan
Militant groups from Southern Tagalog were the first to go near Batasang Pambansa in anticipation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. According to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Southern Tagalog (Bayan ST), around 2,000 ...
Posted: July 24, 2016, 7:40 pm
In the animal kingdom, the male was created to be even more vain than the female. Vide, the peacock, the Lion King. The celebrated Beau Brummel put to shame the technicolored dandies when he introduced to society the classic black and white evening wear.
Posted: July 24, 2016, 7:21 am