Check out my opinion essay published on The Pro Pinoy Project (Propinoy.net)
It’s about language and identity and specifically, what it means to be “Filipino.” Can Philippine national identity be defined by a common language? Can the Philippines, with 7,107 islands and 171 languages even have a single “national language”? And what about the oft-forgotten ethnic minorities such as the Palawanos?
James Soriano’s iThink op-ed essay in the Manila Bulletin on August 26 caused such an uproar among Filipinos that the paper pulled the piece off their website before the sun set on the day of its printing, and certainly before I could write an after-work letter to the editor. Soriano was accused of arrogant elitism by many, while others praised him for bravely pointing out the linguistic schizophrenia he sees in the Philippine educational system, or even, in the very culture of the upper classes…
See the full essay here and browse Pro Pinoy while you’re there!