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What do “Bossing” Vic, Senator Tito, and the late FrancisM have in common?

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DID YOU KNOW?

The grandfather of “Bossing” Vic and Senator Tito Sotto and the grandfather of the late “Master Rapper” FrancisM were both former senators who were staunch defenders of the Spanish language in Filipinas.

Senator Vicente Sotto.

In the late 1940s, Senator VICENTE SOTTO (1877-1950), the “abuelo” of Bossing Vic and Senator Sotto, authored Republic Act No. 343 which ordered the teaching of the Spanish language “as one of the possible subjects in all the high schools, either public or private” all over the country. Republic Act No. 343 was also known as the “Sotto Law”.

Senator Enrique Magalona.

In the early 1950s, Senator ENRIQUE MAGALONA (1891-1960), the “abuelo” of legendary FrancisM, reinforced the Sotto Law by introducing a bill which then became Republic Act No. 709. The act provided for the obligatory teaching of Spanish “in all universities and colleges, public and private, and all students shall be required to complete twelve units at least”.

Both former senators should be considered as heroes for their admirable attempts at preserving this very important component of our National Identity. After all, Spanish is not a foreign language. It is the FOREMOST and the ORIGINAL Filipino language. And both Senators Sotto and Magalona knew this.

But I think what they didn’t know was that, in the future, their respective grandchildren would become co-hosts of “Eat Bulaga!”, the country’s number one and longest-running noontime variety show.

Destiny? Perhaps. And speaking of destiny…

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2 responses »

  1. Whoopdedoo!! They be disappointed they are in a English language talk show and not in Spanish. So who cares about that lame talk show with all these Filipinos that don’t know Spanish.

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  2. Is “abuelo” means father, grandfather or just ancestor? Enrique (as popularly known as Pancho) is the father of Francis M. While the “abuelo” of Tito Sotto is his grandfather Vicente Sotto🙂

    Not really everyone knew about this and I thank you for pointing this out. Thanks🙂

    BTW I like to read your articles they are so informative. I hope you can write a book just to preserve it in paper🙂 Thanks uli brod

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