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Issues concerning Philippine language policy

Self-deception of a deluded nation


 

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On education
There are to be almost 20 million schoolchildren enrolled in 2002-2003. Under the Basic Education Curriculum of Secretary Roco, their instruction will begin to focus only on the five subjects of Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science and Makabayan.

What is the national language policy of the Republic of the Philippines?
It is the same one that has been destroying our languages since 1935.   Diglossia as national policy

Malicious national language   ABS-CBN's war vs. us

Faelnar message to Cebuanos    Tagalog currency  

 

Partial list of private companies that promote the   Tagalog national language in our provinces

ABS-CBN, Jollibee, Smart Communications, GooglePh, Cebu Pacific, Lhuillier, Inquirer, San Miguel,...

Google no longer defaults to Tagalog as of May 16, 2013

They switched their search language to Tagalog throughout the Philippines in 2004 and expanded this as their language default in all Google assets. They do not do this in countries like Malaysia, India and Uganda. They use English there. See

google 2005  2012  2013      online ad      gmail 2012 google chrome     blogspot    youtube 2012    translate

    Changes as of May 10, 2013    default   cebuano  search   May 16, 2013    default fully restored to english   ot.he.rs

2014google   2014blogspot

BLATANTLY IN TAGALOG:      inquirer 2013      change.org   Facebook  tagalog is not the default but is prominent   ad  pay for like  facebook log-in of change.org  linkedin  

NOT IN TAGALOG:     yahoo! philippines     avaaz.org   firefox_first run     firefox search

Facebook as of March 2014:     options     Cebuano 
 

                      Legacy graphic captures

    by Vicente Albano Pacis        language of ignorance           criminal history of filipino       sabotaged by recto

Statement from Prof. Guillermo Gomez-Rivera back in 1981 against the national language
Filipinos do not need Pilipino in their school curricula except in the primary grades in the Tagalog speaking areas. The language problem made more damning with a new colonialism: the imposition of Pilipino in our school system.

DILA_ReelTime interview             player download
Manny delivered his message with aplomb and dignity, but the segment was structured in such a way that anything anyone had to say against the so-called "National Language" was bound to sound like a mere tantrum.
Link to Merlie's review
Himaya - usa ka hamubong sugilanon
The short story was crafted in 2004 for children in Dumaguete City aged ten to twelve. Translation to English was meant to be literal in order to allow learners to assess their own comprehension.
The subdialect Filipino and timeline of deception
What is "Filipino?" There is much difference of opinion on this matter. According to one school of thought, Filipino is not only different from Tagalog, but that it (Filipino) still does not exist, but on the contrary, it still has to be developed.

Ethnic cleansing in the Philippines
The United Nations Convention on Genocide drafted in December 1948 mainly defines the physical means by which governments or rogue militia weed out ethnic or cultural communities. With bullets or bladed weapons, separation of younglings from their elders, we've heard it all before from the news and read it in the history books.  Original in Kapampangan and Cebuano

List of Philippine languages
Republic of the Philippines. 86,241,697. National or official languages: Filipino, English. Literacy rate: 88% to 89%. Also includes Basque, French (698), Hindi (2,415), Indonesian (2,580), Japanese (2,899), Korean, Sindhi (20,000), Standard German (961), Vietnamese, Arabic. Information mainly from L. A. Reid 1971; SIL 1954–2003. Blind population: 1,144,500. Deaf population: 100,000 to 4,232,519 (1998). Deaf institutions: 17. The number of languages listed for Philippines is 175. Of those, 171 are living languages and 4 are extinct.

DILA vocabulary sampler  spreadsheet format wordlist    pdf format wordlist            Official Cebuano Orthography

Multilingual education position paper by Voltaire Oyzon
The central question of this study is whether or not Waray schoolchildren are shifting from their Waray mother language to Tagalog and English.
Multilingual education position paper by Manuel Faelnar
Language is a vessel that is both necessary and consequent to the flourishing of culture and identity, which in turn is essential to nation building.
Multilingual education position paper by Merlie Alunan
There was no venue to publish except radio. The pressure was to write in English and Filipino, but the competition for literary space was fierce.
Liars Corner                                                         Filipino is not Tagalog      Dialect of Unity                                                      
  BEFORE THERE WAS DILA, we had philippines.com/        ColonialRP to warn us about Tagalog imperialism.
       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    (1998-2003)                 REPEL1                    REPEL2
To free us from the clutches of the Tagalog National Language
By a sly, clever wording in the Philippine constitution that "Filipino is the national language," the Tagalista framers avoided an unyielding opposition to Tagalog while anointing it a national sounding name, "Filipino".

Publications

Book coverWe organized DILA in 2001 to defend the language rights of all our ethno-linguistic groups. It is said that of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today, more than half are expected to be lost in this century alone. They might disappear from causes like wars and disasters but what concerns us is when the reason is that another tongue is forcibly imposed by government. When that happens, disuse of the native tongue follows and the ultimate result is extinction. Since the introduction of a national language in our country in 1935, our 169 non-national languages have declined and deteriorated. All these and more are lucidly presented in the following posts and articles lifted from our group page on the internet (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dila). A note from our founder comes after this introduction.
DILA is committed to legal and peaceful means in achieving our aims, and welcome those who share our noble cause to protect our peoples and languages from extinction. May the Lord bless His languages. (From the FOREWORD of the book, Josefina D. Henson, DILA Phils. Foundation Inc. President)

Tribunal by BYballe.

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A few samples taken from the discontinued website A Country of Our Own.  David Martinez on language policy Example of bad lawmaking

Recommended

A Country of Our Own
"The best writing on the Philippines I've read in a very long time."—Dr. Michael Ashkenazi, Regents College, London

"Meticulously researched, coherently crafted, passsionately argued."—Carmen Miraflor, Stanford University, California

"Immensely stimulating."—Bro. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, former Sec. of Education, RP

"Like Alexandr Solshenitsyn, David C. Martinez, writing with the grace of a poet, the acumen of a scholar, and the heart of a patriot, offers the reader two rewards—the unembroidered truth and the priceless gift of hope."—Joseph E. Fallon, author, "Deconstructing America"

"Certain to change crippling misconceptions of 'nation' and 'identity.' Destined to radically, justly, and permanently alter the political landscape of the Philippines."—Nilo Sarmiento, formerly of the Society of Jesus

"Courageously irreverent, scrupulously annotated, and richly rewarding. A must-read for all who wish to comprehend the 'Philippine phenomenon'."—Tim Harvey, Co-Founder, DILA [Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago]

"The Religion of Blame” chapter was well received by Postscript readers. They are encouraged to read the entire book of Martinez"—Federico Pascual, Philippine Star columnist

Non-Tagalog Literature

 

                    Ateneo Press link

 

Non-Tagalog MUSIC CORNER

 

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