Friday, February 29, 2008


Let me correct this propaganda. I have heard people erroneously call Hiligaynon a dialect. NO! Hiligaynon is proudly a language. It is in the same league as Spanish, French and English. It is not a variation of another language.
Let this piece from the Defenders of the Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago explain what is going on in the Philippines:
This forum is the "home court" of DILA members based in the Philippines, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, Dubai and other countries.
DILA, which stands for Defenders of Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago, is a union among patriotic Pangasinenses, Pampanguenos, Bicolanos, Warays, Karay-as, Ilongos, Cebuanos, Ilocanos, and other ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines who feel aggrieved by the language policy of their country, and whose passion in life centers around promoting their dear languages (and other aspects of their culture) and saving them from extinction. Their related activities include studying their languages and doing language translations, interpretations and comparisons in a scholarly way. They work for the intellectualization of their languages and aim to have them be made languages of instruction and regular subjects in the school curriculum. Love and pride for their languages motivated them into forging this grand alliance. All members of minority groups, as well as exceptionally sympathetic Tagalogs, are strongly encouraged to join us and participate in our intellectual discussions. We are here to destroy the growing Tagalista mentality that is marginalizing all native languages to no end. "United, we shall overcome!"

I join them in the massive fight against marginalization and cultural extinction of non-Tagalog Filipinos.

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1 comment:

Vincent Isles said...

This idea that there is only one "Filipino" language and all languages in the Philippines are dialects is due to the decades-old imposition of the Philippine National Language Policy.

--Vincent Isles Language Board