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August 17, 2007

Philippine Paradigm Shift on Language

After many, many years, the government's arm in Linguistic Development has acknowledged the important fact that we are a multilingual country, and each language must be preserved for many reasons.

This will upset many National Artists like Almario and Lumbera, but, hey, that's the reality. The Tagalog monopoly of literature and other crafts that make use of language is not a very nice idea, don't you think?

Actually, if Almario and Lumbera (and other Tagalistas) insist that only Tagalog should be given significance, then they're the regionalists -- not us.

What we want is to preserve and develop what we have and respect the cultures of others. They, on the other hand, want to imperialize.

This is the poster of Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) for this year.

Note that although I am happy with this move, I still am fighting for language EQUALITY. No Tagalog Imperialism.

As an example, I often cite popular music. Because anomalously, Tagalog is the national language and has been deviously injected in the Filipinos' brains, they now possess the biggest market in the country. They can sell their crafts from Luzon to Mindanao, and they will keep on influencing non-Tagalog children to patronize Tagalog because that's where the gold is.

This is because Filipino - a premature Tagalog ass-kissing version, completely NOT what the national language should be (based on all the major languages, not Tagalog only) - has been taught to many generations already even though it's not yet what it's supposed to be.

Oh well, welcome to the Fourth World.


Filipinayzd said...

A Tagalog national hero
A Tagalog symbol on the national flag
A Tagalog(-based) national language

Jason Paul Laxamana said...

^ uh-huh. it's a Tagalog country.

happylittlegirl said...

What would you suggest, then? To change each word/line of the "national anthem" into a different dialect to accommodate all the languages that we have?

And also, the "national hero" wasn't even chosen by the "Tagalogs". It was still the U.S. who decided to declare Jose Rizal as the "national hero".

Not everything is done deliberately by the Tagalogs to discriminate and marginalize non-Tagalog speakers. Some things have just been left that way after we were colonized, and we all haven't yet fully recovered from it.

Xosé Urretabizkaia y Pujol said...

Happylittlegirl, my forefathers may have left but still colonnization thrives there. Whenever one groups imposes their customs, beliefs, and language unto another group, there's colonization. What the Tagalogs are doing is no different - or even worse - from what the Spaniards and Americans did.

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