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Which organizations should convene to create a political party for the Spanish language?

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I hope that the humble blogpost I wrote yesterday will not be belittled nor ignored by those who are supposed to back it up. I am not forcing them to support my idea — I am actually begging them to do so.

Please do your country a favor by bringing back the Spanish language as a co-official language of this country, vis-à-vis Tagalog and English.

I have no personal political ambitions. And even if I have the political machinery and mindset to become a statesman, I will still not opt to do so. It’s simply not in my system. I’m content of just sitting on the sidelines to observe and comment. To echo what former PNP Director-General (and now Senator) Ping Lacson said many years ago during a TV interview, “I hate politics. And to put it more bluntly, I hate politicians”.

So why am I doing this? Why do I zealously put forward the idea of having a political party to achieve this nationalistic dream of restoring the Spanish language to where it rightfully belongs? Because like what I said yesterday, the political arena is currently our only chance of achieving this dream. I may not have been able to register for the upcoming 2010 Philippine National Elections, but that doesn’t mean that I have totally lost my faith in our country’s political system. That’s why I’d like to give our democratic functions one more chance. Not by exercising my right to suffrage but by creating a “minor” or small political party (or party list) with the noble aim of recognizing the Spanish language’s true worth and deserving status in this country.

I strongly believe that putting forward the idea of making Spanish a co-official language together with Tagalog and English has a very big chance. In the first place, Spanish has long been an official language of this country until it was callously stripped of its status in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Most legal documents and statutes that we now have in the three branches of our government (namely the the executive, the legislative, and the judicial departments) were originally written in Spanish before it was decided to translate them into English (and sometimes in other native languages). I don’t even have to mention the Spanish language’s impact towards our multifarious cultures and languages (not excluding behavior and even spiritually) since it has already been discussed and debated before.

The Spanish language SIMPLY needs to be brought back to the Filipino cosmos. Not for the language’s sake, but for OUR SAKE. It shouldn’t have been taken away in the first place.

I would like to call on all major institutions in the Philippines (and perhaps those in Spain as well), which has a strong connection to the Spanish language and culture, to sit down and convene about the language’s future in our country. Will the Spanish language just remain a thing of the past, something that should just be treated as an interesting scholarly topic for future dissertations? Should it be considered merely as a stepping stone by BPO professionals to augment their salaries? Should the language be treated only as a school subject? What should be the treatment Filipinos of today should give to the language of their forefathers and heroes who had helped shaped this nation? Shall we content ourselves of merely treating the Spanish language as nothing but a cultural gem that is kept in a see-through vault for everybody to see and admire?

To the best of my knowledge, the organizations which have the answers to the foregoing questions are the following:

Academia Filipina de la Lengua Española
Commission on Higher Education
Cruzada Internacional por la Reivindicación del Español en Filipinas
Department of Education of the Philippines
Heritage Conservation Society
Instituto Cervantes de Manila
National Historical Institute
Spanish Embassy in Metro Manila
Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation
The Government of the Philippines
The Government of Spain (and concerned representatives of other Spanish-speaking nations)

And of course, the list should include the foremost online group in the country today which advocates the return, dissemination, and conservation of the Spanish language in the Philippines: the Círculo Hispanofilipino, of which I am a member since 2001. It was founded by –of all nationalities– a German!

It will also help if the powerful Zóbel de Ayala family revives the country’s oldest literary award-giving body, the prestigious and legendary Premio Zóbel which has been on a sabbatical since the year I joined the Círculo Hispanofilipino. Bringing back the Zóbel Award will not only spark the fiery zeal and interest to promote Spanish in the country’s sociopolitical landscape — it will also inspire writers who do not write in Spanish to explore a whole new linguistic world. It might even inspire the few remaining hispanoparlantes filipinos to bring out the literary genius in them (whatever happened to Marra Lánot?).

I may have missed some groups. But I believe that the abovementioned list should lead the advancement of the Spanish language in the country. A dialogue or convention should be brought forth. May this meeting be made a national event.

With the symbiosis of the groups mentioned above, this political party which will struggle for the advancement of the Spanish language in the 2013 Philippine General Election will not just be an ordinary party-list group.


Today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.


12 responses »

  1. I’ll join you for the promotion of the Spanish language, just the language. But if also the Spanish (Spain) Culture: NO.



    • Thanks for the support. That’s OK. I think the only support I would be needing is on the language side of things.

      Anyway, there’s really no need to talk about Spanish culture; we already have it.


      • True, Hispanidad’s in our blood. Our culture’s all have their varying infusion of it. Just don’t promote it too much, or the whole cause will fall down like a stack of cards.

        On the other hand, anyone who has the audacity to call himself a Filipino should learn Spanish. Otherwise, he is just a Tagalog, Illongo, Capampangan, Maranao, etc. That’s where we should focus.


      • Andres Fernandez-Abrasaldo

        Soy estudiante de psicologia del Colegio de San Jose en E. Rodriguez, ciuded de Quezon, tengo veintidos anos de edad y estoy muy interesado en el difundir, diseminacion, y enaltecer nuestra idioma – Castellano. Quiero suportar sus causas para qiue nuestra amada “Lengua Castellana” se siente en su trono usurpado. Abrazos!


  2. @Pepe

    I am not talking about the past culture which was already infused on us. I accept that(also grateful because they’ve given us IDENTITY) and its part of colonization, OK?

    Since we were talking about utilizing the Spanish language again, the culture of the Spain of Today is what I’m talking about.

    Take for example: English(America). Filipinos love to watch American movies, food, CULTURE, etc. They(Filipino) tend to forget who they are. It’s saddening when younger generations of Filipinos tend to swing the other way around because of such. But, I’m not saying that to dislike it(I, too, love to watch Hollywood movies) but, as Mr. Gundam said, just don’t promote it too much. Some Filipinos might get it in their heads so much.

    For me, learning the Spanish language is a great thing to do, absolutely essential.

    Anyway, no need for party-lists. Waste of money and time. But, if we can do meetings, why not create our own(you, Pepe, be the Leader) organization or institution instead w/c is apolitical in nature. 🙂

    I hope this goes on. Thanks.


    • José Antonio Valdés

      Excuse me. What American CULTURE are you referring to? If I’m guessing right you mean US culture. Unless I have a wrong definition of culture, US culture is limitted to apple pie, hot dogs and probably Rock-N-Roll. Our Mexican relatives consider themselves Americans too by virtue of location of their motherland, but like us, have a much richer culture than the US. Central and South Americans consider themselves Americans too and have the same cultural stature as the Mexicans. The Hispanic world comprises Hispanic Americans, an African state and us Hispanic Malays. The only difference is that the Spanish language is dormant in us Malays. At last mother Spain is trying to do something to bring her children together. She abandoned us Malays a rather long time. Force of circumstance?


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  5. Count me in… Let’s bring back Spanish as our language….I want to learn…


    • It’s so nice/good to hear a Filipino speaking Spanish…our heritage…I just hope that sooner we will have Spanish community in metro Manila…I mean majority speaking…


  6. Are you f@$%#g out of your mind! spanish as offcial language? If the dam imperialistic Spaniards wanted the Filipinos to speak Spanish( Castilian), they would have educated the poor Filipinos. The only thing we learned from them bastards is the corrupt politics and corrupted why of life! Now do you wonder why there are so many crooked pinoys?



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