Filipino is simply Tagalog and Manila-based one, at that.
I could understand those who were born and bred in Manila and never had any close/strong ties to the provinces to think and feel that Tagalog, under the the new name of Pilipino/Filipino, is the be-all and end-all of languages in this archipelago. Especially so that it was taught (and maybe still is being taught) that all the other almost 200 Philippine languages are simply dialects.
I could understand because I was one too.
But. We all grow up. We go through more academic learning. We see the world. Aren’t those enough to open our eyes and minds?
Understandable still if one fails to go through more years of learning due to poverty and thus stay non-aware and non-caring of the language issue. What is not understandable and acceptable are those who have gone through colleges and universities and those who are in the academe and deliberately mislead a lot of people for reasons I really couldn’t fathom. Isn’t truth worth to be the one which should be taught?
Tanggol Wika. Tama. Tama ngang ipagtanggol ang sariling wika. Mga wikang katulad ng Kapampangan, Cebuano, Ilokano, Pangasinense, Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, Ilonggo, Akianon, at marami pang iba. Tagalog ay Tagalog at hindi Filipino. Ang ipinagtatanggol ninyong Filipino ay Tagalog ng mga taga-Maynila at hindi ang Tagalog ng mga nasa Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite.
I am not a scholar. I am not an academician. I simply am a college drop out who was born in this country and was raised with English as a first language and who has since learned to respect the rich diversity of languages and cultures in this archipelago.
Kill a language and an entire culture dies with it. And there’s this one person who wants to start the ball rolling by wanting to shoot ‘pointblank in the head’ every single one of the so-called ‘regionalists’ who are simply protecting this country’s languages and cultures.
Sadly, being published by Rappler and Philippine Daily Inquirer lends this person a sheen of patina of believability by those who are not resourceful and interested enough to dig deep about one’s own country.