Sa isip, sa salita at sa ngawa

The January 13, 2018 episode of ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent sparked controversies not because of the performance of its contestants but because of the attitude of one of its judges– Robin Padilla. Padilla was shown calling out, if not scolding, Korean contestant Jiwan Kim for not speaking in Filipino despite staying 10 years in the Philippines. But instead of showing remorse for what others call as a rude and racist behavior, Padilla said: Kung sasabihin mo sa akin na 10 taon ka na dito at hindi ka pa rin marunong mag-Tagalog, aba eh may problema. Hindi mo pwede sabihin sa akin na mahal mo ang Pilipinas… pero di (ka) marunong mag-Tagalog?

Padilla’s justification leads to a question: Does speaking Tagalog signify love for the Philippines? Does it signify nationalism? If so, what then can be said to the millions of non-Tagalog speakers? There are 183 languages in the Philippines 175 of which are indigenous. And of the indigenous language speakers, a significant number are un-schooled and may not know how to speak Tagalog. May mga bistado akong mga Bikolano sa bulod, dai nakatuntong ki pormal na edukasyon asin dai tatao mag-Tagalog. Does that mean these people do not love the Philippines? Does this mean they have no sense of Philippine nationalism? In the first place, is the Tagalog language even the basis for nationalism?

Robin Padilla’s mentality simply fuels the concept of “Imperial Manila”. Kaya kita nagkakabaranga bilang nasyon dahil sa kawaran ki respeto sa pagkakaiba kan kada saro asin padagos na pagbusol sa “Tagalog vs others” mentality. In fact, bako man Tagalog an national language ta: Filipino. And worse, an official languages ta bako lang Filipino kundi English base sa Section 7 Article 14 kan Konstitusyon. Apwera sa English nirerekonisar man an regional languages as auxiliary languages siring man an Arabic asin Spanish. Kun an mentalidad asin lohika ni Robin Padilla an susundon ta, gusto bayang sabihon bagong nationalist ang Konstitusyon kan Pilipinas? Siring man, gusto bayang sabihon na si Jose Rizal bakong national hero? Tandaan niyato na si Rizal an mga panurat sa lenguaheng Espanyol asin an adbokasiya niya gibuhon na probinsiya kan Espanya an Pilipinas. So paano na kita kaini?

Sa original na “Panatang Makabayan”, may linya na nagsasabi: Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa wika, at sa gawa.

Nawara na iyan lalo na an tataramon na “wika” sa revised version pero an esensiya yaon pa sa linyang: Susundin ko ang tungkulin ng mamamayang makabayan…

Pero sa revised version, an focus duman na sa gibo, mga “tungkulin ng mamamayang makabayan”. Ano ang mga iyan? Saro na diyan an pagsunod sa mga ley habang dai pa naa-amiyendaran.

Kun ika nahatulan sa korte sa pag-violar ki ley arog kan illegal possession of firearms, lalo na kun dai mo man ipinaglalaban an nasyon mo kundi pansadiri mo lang na interes na magka-igwa ki badil, bako iyan pagkamoot sa nasyon. Tama padi? Dahil kung pagtaram lang ki Tagalog an basehan, nawara na an esensiya kan pagiging Pilipino, an pagiging tataong magrespeto sa pagkakaiba-iba kan mga tawo. Dahil kun simpleng pagtaram lang ang basehan, puro sana sa salita asin sa ngawa.

Bakong iyo, padi?

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Disaster management and chili peppers

Masabaw an naging Pasko asin pagsabat sa Bagong Taon kan kadaklan niyatong mga kahimanwa mantang sa ibang parte kan Pilipinas, it is literally burning lalo na sa Davao City asin Manila. Pero dahil bago na ang taon, may naukudan lamang kaya kita sa mga naka-agi? How about in terms of disaster preparedness?

In my recent visit to Northern Cebu, many were shocked to hear the story of Bicolanos prioritizing the protection of their chili pepper plants than protecting their houses. Tamang-tama kaya na kan satuyang pagbisita, nagraragasa man an Bagyong Vinta.

It may be funny but the practice of protecting chili pepper plants during typhoons clearly show that disaster risk reduction management is already in the subconscious of the Bicolanos even before the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 or Republic Act No. 10121. Protecting the chili pepper plants before protecting the houses simply means knowing which to prioritize – a must in disaster preparedness.
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Funny prioritization, one might say, but not necessarily wrong. Of course, it is expected if chili production is a family’s major economic activity. However, if it is only a plant or two for a household’s consumption, it really means something. First, aside from being a part of the regular Bicolano diet, chili peppers provide heat in the cold and rainy days especially post typhoons. Second, it shows confidence on the durability of the houses these Bicolanos have. Of course, it could also mean recognition of human limitations by protecting the easier ones first or else accomplish nothing but lose everything – another principle in disaster management. Continue reading “Disaster management and chili peppers”

Vice Governors of Bicol — Albay

Do you know that from 1960 to present (except for the years 1976-1979), there were 14 Vice Governors in Albay as against 10 Governors? The high turnover is due to the political developments in 1995 and 1998 where three to four persons consecutively occupied the vice gubernatorial seat.

The longest serving vice governor is Jesus James Calisin who occupied a total of four terms or 12 years.

Below is the list of vice governors for the Province of Albay in the said period.

1960-1962            Jose Sapalicio Estevez Sr.
1962-1964            Faustino Nieva Nuyda
1965-1968            Tirzo Ortega Delos Reyes
1969-1975            Jesus Sanosa Salalima
1980-1986            Querubin Madrid Dycoco

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