Today in History…

On March 26, 1920, the Philippine Legislature enacted Act No. 2928, which adopted the official flag of the Philippines.

From SYMBOLS OF THE STATE: REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, 1975: “The equilateral triangle on the left side of the flag is symbolic of equality among men. The eight rays of the Philippine Sun in the triangle represent the eight provinces that revolted against Spanish rule. The three stars on each corner of the triangle stand for the three geographical divisions of the country—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The red stripe symbolizes the willingness of the Filipino to shed blood in defense of his country. The blue stands for common unity and the noble aspirations of the Filipino people.”

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When I made my way down south to Cebu and the Visayas, I was shocked that people were not impressed with my meager knowledge of Tagolog. I say this because in Manila (and up north in general), people are often completely flattered that you can speak ANY Tagalog. Down south, not only were they not impressed with my Tagalog, but they demanded to know why I couldn’t already speak Bisaya – their dialect! Haha. At first I found them kind of rude, honestly, but soon began to really appreciate their sense of pride. I really came to love the people and culture down there. Bisaya people don’t like Tagalog because they believe that the majority of people in the Philippines speak Bisaya, and that it should have been chosen as the national language instead of Tagalog. Unfortunately they are also looked down on by many people in Manila.


If somebody from Manila visits the Visayas and speaks to the locals in Tagalog, the locals will answer back in English, even though they can speak Tagalog well (they must learn it in school). Again, the point is I love this sense of pride that Bisaya people have in their language, culture, and food…and I wish that people up north weren’t quite so “western-worshipping”. There were times when I almost seemed to embarrass people in Manila by speaking their own language (Tagalog), as if they were ashamed of it. Filipinos have so much wonderful culture and heritage – I would like to see all Filipinos celebrate and take pride in it.


And the Oscar goes too….

Congratulations to songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Let It Go,” the hit single from the animated feature Frozen, at Sunday night’s 86th Academy Awards. The big win apparently makes Lopez the first Filipino American to win an Oscar.


*Source: Angry Asian Man blog