.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Monday, September 06, 2010

A lot has been said about the hostage taking that happened a week ago. It is not that I do not have an opinion about the caper of one dismissed police but I think too much has already been said. Besides, I am plagued with too much work to make an entry in my blog. However, there is one news item which piqued my interest a little. This is about former Ms. Universe, Gloria Diaz, suggesting to would-be candidates in beauty contests to use translators during the Q&A portion of the show. Ms. Diaz has been receiving flak for her pronouncements and even declared as persona non grata in Cebu. I shall not comment on the intentions of Ms. Diaz for neither have I seen the original interview nor am I privy to her thoughts. She has already explained what she meant and it can be read here if you are interested.

I like to comment on is why people would be slighted by this remark. After all, we are not native speakers of English and it is not uncommon that there are some who can speak and write the language more proficiently than others. If we are to believe Ms. Diaz’ explanation, it is not entirely baseless. She said her idea was for a contestant to answer in a language she is more comfortable with, hence answering the question more adequately. And yet, I am almost certain that the anger felt by Cebuanos is not confined to them. There are more Filipinos who were angered, albeit even initially, with her observation/comment. My only guess is because our medium of instruction is English. As such, we equate being proficient with English as being highly educated. How many among us frown at people who can hardly speak the language? How many among us laugh at someone who mispronounced a word or two? How many among us raised an eyebrow when someone speaks with incorrect grammar. How many among us had a field day with that major major response of our contestant? That Ms. Diaz is the reason why your comment was found to be regarded as inadmissible. I wonder how things would have been had we not been colonized and just developed on our own?

_____________________

I turn 53 tomorrow. As the cliché goes, time flies so fast. Two of my children who are now working surprised me yesterday by taking the whole family, including the maid, who is actually considered as a member of the family, to a sumptuous lunch in an Italian restaurant yesterday. Then, they took us to see the movie, Despicable Me. I am a very happy, contented man. I am so proud of my children.

10 Comments:

Blogger commuter said...

First, Let me greet you a happy birthday! You have reavealed your age! hehe.

As for the language issue, we can only hypothesize at this point. The what-if scenarios could just lead to further debate and presumptions.

Colonization was a worldwide event; If it wasn't English, or Spanish, we will be bound the speak something else other than our own. Sad to say, our culture has been very welcoming to anything that isn't ours.

Otra vez, Feliz Cumpleaños, Señor!

4:13 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Commuter Muchos gracias.

Colonization was a worldwide event; If it wasn't English, or Spanish, we will be bound the speak something else other than our own. You think so? If we were not colonized, we would just be speaking Filipino, Visayan or any other Filipino language, wouldn't we?
But you're right. We can only hypothesize now.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous bertN said...

Happy birthday!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Panaderos said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Rolly. I wish you many more happy and blessed birthdays to come. Take care of yourself always, my friend.

Cheers!

9:09 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

bertN and Panaderos thanks to you both

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand completely what Gloria Diaz’s point is and I find it a good point. I read an article years ago of a study about people who speak English (or other languages) as their second language. In the study, the brain processes the spoken English and translate it to, let say, Tagalog, then the brain translates the Tagalog response to English. The study also found that when a person is tired or in a stressful situation the brain fails to translate the information to English, hence the failure to communicate effectively. So I completely support Gloria Diaz's Idea.

It is sad that we Filipinos tend to criticize or laugh at our fellow Filipinos who do not have good command in English. I have lived here in US for 16 years and I feel proud how when Americans are amazed on our ability to speak English despite the grammar errors and mispronunciations. They always tell me that they wish they speak another language.

Belated Happy Birthday to you...Cheers to a good life.

2:23 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

anonymous I believe that process takes place,too. Now imagine a Grade 2 pupil being taught Math or any other subject except English. He has first to tranlate the language before understanding the concept. But we all get by somehow. Hirap! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous BlogusVox said...

I've seen Ms.Diaz interview and I don't see anything wrong with her idea. In fact I consider it practical.

What amused me is how she delivered her suggestion. It is somewhat in an insulting manner, especially to the Cebuanos.

I suspect she's directing her comment to an individual of cebuano descent whom she had a cat-fight years ago. The said person is somewhat articulately deficient in English and Tagalog as well. : )

BTW, belated Happy Birthday, Ka Rolly.

4:21 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

blogusbox I did not know she was engaged in a catfight with a cebuana. That's an interesting take on the matter.

Thanks for the greeting.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous BlogusVox said...

Not a cat-fight in the physical sense but verbal abuse thrown at each other. : D

2:16 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

About
MGA TURO NI TITO:
Twenty years of teaching must sure amount to something. A new friend in cyberspace suggested I ought to have a journal by now. I agree.


Taken by my friend Arlene Lawson in her room at Century Park Sheraton in May, 2000.
Posted by Hello
Name:
Location: Bambang, Pasig City, Philippines

Jack of all trade, master of none. First a disclaimer. My students have discovered this blog and they might think that what I write is gospel truth. Worse is they might find an argument that they think they can use, for some reason or another, against their teachers. So, to set the record straight, it is NOT. As a matter of fact, I write and open it to feedback to get another view in the hope that somebody would tell me if I am wrong and reenforce my thinking if it is right. Not that I will accept anything thrown my way, though. Just so I can think about it some more and decide whether my original stance is right or definitely off tangent. So there. I hope that clarifies everything. Now, on to blogging.


PREVIOUS POSTS:
Click here to join pinoyteachersnetwork
Click to join pinoyteachersnetwork

Support World AIDS Day

Blog
Links

  • kwentong tambay
  • the sassy lawyer
  • the best of me
  • Now What, Cat?
  • Parallel Universes
  • Chet's Corner
  • Jardine Davies
  • I Dare
  • Deja Brew
  • rocker's world
  • Bong K
  • Belle
  • panaderos
  • RJ
  • Bugsy
  • Avant-garde
  • Pinay Hekmi
  • Writings on the wall
  • Matapoor
  • Idiot Board
  • Sabitski Point
  • The Philippines according to blogs
  • Apol the great
  • Kat
  • Ate Sienna
  • Nick Ballesteros
  • Watson line
  • Jmom
  • Unlawyerly tales
  • Celia Kusinera
  • Expectorants
  • Mec
  • Toni
  • Transience
  • A Moores
  • Romesez
  • Bing
  • Dean Alfar
  • Marisol
  • Basang Panaginip
  • Manuel L. Quezon III
  • cbsmagic
  • Ipanema
  • Nostalgia Manila
  • Gilber Tan
  • eunice
  • siu
  • auee
  • DepEd Teacher
  • Ever
  • blogusvox
  • jun blas
  • mona
  • Glennis' poetry
  • my son, Mickey

  • Netha
  • Broden
  • Nina Erika



  • visit my other blog


  • My students' blogs
  • Yaps
  • Pepsi
  • Stani
  • Sun King
  • Dream On
  • Just wondering
  • Not that kind of Girl
  • miki
  • View my art works

  • The Wall
  • Hala Hila
  • college works
  • taking the bait
  • Paintings in Canada
  • tabula rasa
  • The day before
  • His favorite mounds
  • Yin and Yang
  • The Highlanders
  • Two Saints
  • Watercolor 1
  • Watercolor series
  • More works in Canada
  • The Struggle
  • Chinese Paintings et.al
  • The Visit
  • New works
  • The Picnic
  • Composition 1


  • Travel time
  • Blueroze Farms, Lipa City
  • Subic - pictures
  • Bicol
  • Canada
  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Balay sa Indang
  • Hundred Islands
  • Thailand
  • Thailand in pictures
  • Malaysia Day 1
  • Malaysia Day 2
  • Korea
  • Korea I
  • Beijing, China
  • South Korea 2
  • Manilena Logo

    Powered by Blogger

    My Personal Favorite Posts

  • Nitz, the discipline officer
  • Derma Clinic anyone?
  • Spare a buck?
  • parenting:life and choices
  • english is not easy
  • Desiderata translated
  • Why there are rules
  • Parenthood - Values
  • Ben Stein
  • Gift giving
  • Not everyone was born to be a rocket scientist
  • Ayn Rand could be wrong:Or is she?
  • Sa aking mambabasang si Olga
  • Who is number one?
  • Who is number one - Part 2
  • Who is number one - Part 3
  • Proud Papa don't preach


  • Married life
  • Classroom shortage, Ms. President?
  • Academic freedom
  • Arlene
  • Nanay
  • Education in the future
  • Elections
  • Free will and Spinoza
  • Is there a God- Soren Kierkegaard
  • Bertrand Russell and Daniel Quinn
  • Erap's pardon
  • wearing different masks
  • Reading
  • There is always a silver lining
  • A Walk back to 1973 and I am 16 years old again
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Copyright
    Everything found here comes solely from the mind of the author and are therefore original. Plagiarists beware!
    Content © Turo ni Tito, protected under the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and the WIPO Copyright Treaty

    turo ni tito
    A
    affiliated with cathcathnetwork.
    FREE Webmaster Tools
    Subscribe to pinoyteachersnetwork
    Powered by groups.yahoo.com