The shy grammar of Tagalized English
When I was teaching in Australia two years ago, the grammar mistakes in essays were no less egregious, but my students there did not confuse the subjunctive as much as my Pinoy students do. Which led me to ask myself: What is it about Pinoy English that makes it prone to the fleeting, tentative quality of the subjunctive? I’m no linguist, but let me offer some hypotheses, which experts can verify.
Elections are over, now comes the hard part
Elections are over and it seems that many Filipinos are now going back to their usual daily grind. Many of us expect that now that we have elected a new set of government leaders many of which are allied with President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, things will continue to look up for our country and all of the social ills such as poverty and high rates of unemployment will suddenly disappear. While electing good leaders is a good start for our country, this alone will not be able to solve the myriad of problems that we currently face.
The marginalization of Filipinos in our conflict with Taiwan
With Taiwan’s relative economic prosperity and our dependence in its labor market, it is now in a position to feel superior and dominant over us----that is, to punish us with labor sanctions cessation of economic exchanges, and even marginalize us as their poor and dependent neighbors. It is unfortunate it has decided to be less diplomatic again this time.
How Maguindanao politics set the stage for a massacre
The split between the Ampatuans and the Mangudadatus came about when the former refused to share power in the May 2010 elections. Fr. Jun Mercado explains the political maneuverings that led to the nation's most infamous massacre.