A personal essay that speaks to members of the Filipino diaspora and Filipinos in the Philippines. NOTE: Filipino and Tagalog are used interchangeably within this essay. Filipino is the official national language, and contains an amalgamation of other major Filipino languages, but Tagalog is also a widely considered term to refer to the national language.
At home, my immigrant parents didn't talk much about being Filipino. Both my parents were the first in their families to emigrate (my mom in 1965, my dad in 1969), in search of opportunities for.
Be it about being Filipino or anything else, we are free to find our place, our home. One author says at home that we can find solace and joy in a world of suffering and difficulties.
American public policy further undermined Filipino nationalism through the educational system which imposed the English language as a medium of instruction, projected American society and culture as models to be emulated, omitted all mention of Filipino resistance to American conquest and the cruel suppression of that resistance, inculcated the idea that Filipinos must undergo tutelage in self.
Apolinario Mabini was a Filipino political mind and designer of the Philippine rebellion. He expressed the doctrines of a democratic popular disposal. giving the past battles of the Filipino people with a consistent ideological orientation.
Yes, older Filipinos were raised on this “Filipinos are the people and Pilipino is the language,” but today, officially, it is now “We are Filipinos and our national language is Filipino.” It’s part of our schizophrenia: We quarrel over the right words but hey, notice that we’re slugging it out in English.
Being a person determines your being a Filipino. Person is an act. The act of a person determines the person. Meaning, the act of a person determines of his being a Filipino. “To act is to be.” Each person acts constantly and that acts of person reveal the person. The way a person relate towards others, the way he speaks, the way he lives.
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