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Today is the 444th founding anniversary of Filipinas; let’s make it official!

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the cities of Manila and San Juan del Monte, both of which are in Metro Manila, busy themselves with festive celebrations. The former commemorates its foundation anniversary today while the latter celebrates the feast day of its namesake saint, Saint John the Baptist. But I and a very few others (sadly) remember June 24 quite differently. For us, that date is when our country, Filipinas, was founded. In brief, Manila was founded on 24 June 1571 not only as a city but as a capital city. But a capital city of what? Now that, ladies and gents, is what they (whoever they may be) are not telling us. So once and for all, let us all join hands in petitioning Malacañang Palace to make this hallowed date an official one. Please sign the petition by clicking here.

The founding of Manila on 24 June 1571 signified not just the founding of a city but also of the establishment of the Filipino state. © Viajes Navales.

In the meantime, let me greet my beloved country a big Happy 444th Birthday! May the Motherland find the peace, unity, and progress that she deserves. Amen.


Pilipinas vs Filipinas (in defense of the KWF)

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Hi folks!

It’s been four years since the last time you heard of our unified voice. It was a huge hit because our collective take on the state of Filipino History disturbed and ruffled a few feathers, proving our effectiveness in annoying people, hehehe! It even alarmed a former cabinet member of a former president (no kidding), prompting her to send a cautionary email. So we thought of “volting in” once again, this time to defend National Artist Virgilio Almario’s stand on what should really be the name of our country.


Almario is currently the chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language), the official regulating body of the national language which is based on Tagalog. I have attacked this institution on numerous occasions in various online forums and even wrote a scathing commentary about it on this very blog due to its apparent cluelessness on what should really be our country’s national tongue. But me and my friends think that it’s high time to defend it, not on the national language issue (incidentally, the country is now celebrating Buwan ng Wika or Language Month) but on the controversial decision of its chief executive to restore the original name of our country which is FILIPINAS.

For over a year, a huge majority of local netizens have continuously bashed Almario and the KWF over their decision to push for the return of our country’s original name. I have read several blogs, websites, online news, and social media commentaries heavily criticizing and even making fun of the issue. And judging by these people’s comments, I notice that most of them are even unaware of the real reason why the KWF has been insisting on the name Filipinas. Hilariously, many of these bashers even find the name Filipinas “too gay” compared to Pilipinas (obviously, these kids didn’t even bother to read the whole story but instead relied on headlines and images). And I have yet to find a blog/website that supports KWF’s patriotic decision to stand firm on what is historically correct. But I am saddened to realize that there are really only a handful of Filipino netizens who are sensible towards our country’s history.

If you have time, please read what we have to say about this controversial issue in our respective blogs:

1) Juan Luis García in VIAJAR EN FILIPINAS.
2) José Miguel García in PATRIA.
3) Señor Guillermo Gómez Rivera in FILHISPÁNICO.
4) Arnaldo Arnáiz in WITH ONE’S PAST.
5) And me in ALAS FILIPINAS.

We do not wish to wage war against those who are “anti-Filipinas“. All we ask is for you to listen. Read carefully what we have to say before you even decide on letting prejudice consume you.

Remember what your idol José Rizal wrote during his final moments on Spaceship Earth…

Mi patria idolatrada, dolor de mis dolores,
Querida Filipinas, oye el postrer adiós.
Ahí te dejo todo, mis padres, mis amores.
Voy donde no hay esclavos, verdugos ni opresores,
Donde la fe no mata, donde el que reina es Dios.

Have a nice day!

Philippine national anthems (yes, with an “s”)

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Ladies and gents, below are the versions of the Philippine national anthem in various Philippine languages:

Julián Felipe

Tierra adorada
Hija del sol de Oriente,
Su fuego ardiente,
En ti latiendo está.

¡Tierra de amores!
Del heroismo cuna,
Los invasores
No te hollarán jamás.

En tu azul cielo, en tus auras,
En tus montes y en tu mar
Esplende y late el poema
De tu amada libertad.

Tu pabellón, que en las lides
La victoria iluminó,
No verá nunca apagados
Sus estrellas ni su sol.

Tierra de dichas, del sol y de amores,
En tu regazo dulce es vivir.
Es una gloria para tus hijos,
Cuando te ofenden, por ti morir.

Camilo Osías and Mary A. Lane

Land of the morning,
Child of the sun returning,
With fervour burning
Thee do our souls adore.

Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes
Ne’er shall invaders,
Trample thy scared shore.

Even within the skies
And through thy clouds
And o’er thy hills and sea.
Do we behold the radiance,
Feel the throb of glorious liberty.

Thy banner, dear to all our hearts
Its sun and stars alight,
O never shall its shining field
Be dimmed by tyrant’s might!

Beautiful land of love,
O land of light,
In thine embrace ’tis rapture to lie
But it is glory ever,
When thou art wronged,
For us, thy sons, to suffer and die.

Felipe Padilla de León

Bayang maguiliw,
Perlas ng Silañganan
Alab ng pusò,
Sa Dibdíb mó’y buháy.

Lupang Hinirang,
Duyan ca ng maguiting,
Sa manlulupig,
Di ca pasísiil.

Sa dagat at bundóc,
Sa simoy at sa lañguit mong bugháo,
May dilag ang tulâ,
At awit sa paglayang minámahal.

Ang quisláp ng watawat mó’y
Tagumpáy na nagníningning,
Ang bituín at arao niyá,
Cailán pa má’y di magdídilim,

Lupa ng arao ng luwalhati’t pagsintá,
Buhay ay lañguit sa piling mó,
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-áapi,
Ang mamatáy ng dahil sa’yó.

Jess Vestil

Yutang tabunon
Mutya nga masilakon
Putling bahandi
Amo cang guimahal

Mithing guisimba
Yuta s’mga bayani
Sa manglulupig
Among panalipdan

Ang mga bungtod mo ug lapyahan
Ang lañguit mong bugháo
Nagahulad sa awit, lamdag sa
Caliwat tang gawas

Silaw sa adlaw ug bitoon
Sa nasudnong bandilà
Nagatimaan nga buhíon ta
Hugpóng nga di maluba

Yutang maanyag, duyan ca sa pagmahal
Landong sa lañguit ang dughaan mo;
Pacatam-isom sa anác mong nagtucao
Con mamatáy man sa ngalan mó.

Eric D. Gotera

Banwang masinadyahon,
Perlas sang nasidlañgan,
Init sang tigpusuon,
Gacabuhi sa imo nga dughan.

Banwang Guinhalaran,
Payag ca sang maisog,
Sa mga manugpigos,
Wala guid nagapadaog.

Sa dagat cag buquid,
Sa usbong cag sa dagway nga gabanaag,
May idlac cag tiboc ang dilambong,
cag amba sang cahilwayan.

Ang idlac sang ayahay mo,
Isa ca matam-is nga cadalag-an,
Ang bituon cag ang adlaw,
Nangin masanag sa catubtuban.

Dutang nasambit sang adlao kag paghigugma,
Sa sabak mo matam-is ang mabuhi,
Ginapaquipagbato namon, nga kung may manungpanacop,
Ang mapatay nahanuñgod sa imo.


Dagang namo-motan
Aqui Ca nin sirañgan
Tingrao niyang malaad
Nasa si-mong daghan.

Rona cang mawili
Naguimatan bayani
An mansalacay
Dai ca babatayan.

Sa si-mong langit, buquid
Hayop cadagatan siring man
Nagcucutab nagbabanaag
An si-mong catalingcasan.

Simong bandera na nagquiquintab
Sa hocbo naglayaw
Dai nañgad mapapara
An simong bitoon Aldao.

Dagang nawilihan, maogma, maliwanag,
Sa limpoy mo hamis mabuhay
Minamarhay mi cun ika pagbasangan
An buhay mi si-mo idusay.


Oh, Filipinas,
Dalin min cagal-galang
Musia na dayat,
Ed dapit letacan

Simpey gayagan,
Panag-ugaguepan day
Totoon lapag,
Ed dapit-seslecan.

Saray anac mo agda
Cawananen ya ibagat ed sica’y
Dilin bilay da no
Nacauculay galang tan ca-inaoan

Diad palandey, lawac, taquel,
Dayat o no dia ed lawang
Sugbaen day patey ya andi
Dua-rua no sikay pan-señguegan.

Diad silong na laylay mo mancaca-saquey
Tan diad sika man-lingcor tan mangi-agel
Bangta dia’d acualan mo aneng-neng day silew
Diad acualan mo muet akuen day patey.

Chabacano de Zamboanga

Tierra adorada,
Hija del sol de oriente,
Fervor del corazon,
viví na tuyo pecho.

Patria de Amores,
Cuna del heroísmo,
Nunca hay rendí tú
al mana invasor.

Na tuyo mar y mana monte,
y aire, y azul cielo,
Tiene esplende el poema y canción
del amado libertad.

Victoria árde el chispa
de tuyo bandera.
Nunca mirá apagáo
Su mana estrella y su sol

Tierra de gloria, del sol y amores,
vida dulce na tuyo abrazáda,
Un honor se para con nosotros,
Cuando tiene opresor, morí por tú.

Hmmm… Call me biased. I don’t really care. But NOTHING BEATS THE ORIGINAL.

The battle lines will soon be drawn…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about launching a party list group to advocate for the full return of the Spanish language. Not just in schools, but in the national government. However, comrade Arnaldo Arnáiz‘s skepticism toward something political is beginning to discourage me as well. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it will not push through.

Admittedly, it’s going to be a tough ride to achieve such a feat. We’re virtual unknowns, we neither have the political machinery (i.e., funds) nor enough number of supporters, and we’re beholden to wage slavery which eats up our time. And worse, I even fear that there could only be three of us (with Señor Guillermo Gómez Rivera) who share the same line of thinking; we’re not very much sure with José Miguel García yet because, although we’re readers of his PATRIA, we really haven’t talked to him nor seen him in person. We still have to consolidate our thoughts. And we think that Traveler On Foot (who recently pledged support to our advocacy via email) still needs to be “lectured” more on what Filipino identity is all about (this popular blogger’s got full potential).

This lonely war that we’re waging is not merely confined to the struggle for the Spanish language cause in the Philippines. That is just the tip of the iceberg. We consider ourselves as iconoclasts. We go against bigoted and twisted versions of Philippine History, originating particularly from hispanophobic UP professors and instructors (including US-centric walking tour guides who are trying to distort the way you look at Manila — one step at a time), from what Arnaldo calls the “Agoncillo standard” (taken from Teodoro Agoncillo’s myopic and infantile viewpoints on Philippine history). And I even go a step further to declare that –despite Fernando Ziálcita’s objection to it– Christianity and the study of Philippine History should go together, that they are inseparable, that the other one could not go against the other.

In the long run, we would end up going against those who attack our faith no matter how hard we try to distance ourselves from it. As written in my Spanish blog

…Filipinas es, en realidad, una creación española… una gran creación española. Y me atrevo a decir que la reunión entre España y Filipinas es una fuerza mayor increíble. Una obra milagrosa de Dios

He may be our national hero (and I have the highest respect for my tocayo), but his views weren't always rational. And he himself admitted to that.

The greatest paradox this side of the nationalist cosmos would be to defend our Spanish past while assaulting the Catholic Church (which I erroneously did from 2003 to 2004) at the same time. Now, what is hilariously upsetting is to find people on the internet parading the legacy of our national hero, José Rizal, to simply suit to their pseudo-intellectual braggadocio without even knowing who Rizal really was or what he was fighting for. These individuals proudly appear in dailies and radio shows harping about “rationality” here and “godlessness/agnosticism” there, implying that it is “cool to be a freethinker”, and alleging that the Catholic Church is a “destructive force” that needed to be brought down. They take pride being tagged as the “new Filibusters”, wittingly or unwittingly pretending to be the noble saviors of those who are still “wallowing in ignorance” wrought about by an alleged Catholic despotism. I may cry.

These irrational filibusteros keep on whining about Catholic faults and failures. But Arnaldo wisely observed that they are exactly the fruits of what they claim to be as Catholic errors.

Something’s gotta give. They’re looking for war. We’ll give ’em one.

This we swear: the battle lines will soon be drawn. Just wait and see…

The mist is rising.

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