Filipino Cultured is an entertainment blog which is being managed and owned by a Spanish-slash-Filipino author.
Oh let me edit that. For the sake of being politically correct, the author is of mixed Malay and Spanish descent.
There! Happy now???
The blog is teeming with topics about various actors and actresses in the Philippines as well as Spanish celebrities and Filipinos with Spanish descent. On the surface, it seems like a typical Filipino “tsismis” blog…with reliable inside information about up-and-coming showbiz events. Like I said, typical.
Anyway, what I found interesting was the whole concept of “enlightenment” which was gummed all over the first articles written by the author. I discovered that the underlying aim of Filipino Cultured is not mainly to provide showbiz scoops but to pitch for a wider acceptance of our Spanish heritage. However, I’m going to stress that there is nothing wrong about that. In fact, what better way for us Filipinos to be educated about our history than to take lessons from a Spanish-Filipino ilustrado, right?
“Even though many Latin Americans and Filipinos have Spanish blood, they’re not identified as Spanish when they go to Spain, they identify with the country that’s close to their heart, the country they were born in.” -Filipino Cultured
With that said, I wonder: Does the author of Filipino Cultured blog identify herself* as Filipino or as Spanish? I mean, by the title of the blog and all, I would say this one is a dead giveaway. Why else would she name the blog Filipino Cultured if she does not or cannot embrace or relate with the Filipino culture, right? (*I only assumed that the author is a woman (perhaps even a gay man) because no sane, straight male would admit managing a celebrity gossip blog.)
Well, you can decide for yourselves. Below are some of the excerpts from Filipino Cultured blog.
“Just because a Filipino speaks Spanish doesn’t mean that he/she’s not proud to be Filipino. If you consider all of the Filipinos you ever met in this world, sometimes some Filipinos who speak Spanish are even prouder to be Filipino than many Filipinos who don’t.” “I hate also when some Filipinos realized that I spoke Spanish, they’d say “Ah, Chabacano?” No, didn’t I just tell you when you asked where I was from that my family is from Manila (and has been for generations ever since our family history has been recorded), not from Zamboanga or Ermita and certainly not from Cavite, although those are beautiful places.” (Oh we’re so sorry Ms. High-and-Mighty for the mistake. it’s just that when Filipinos hear some of their fellowmen speak Spanish, we tend to think that they are actually “residing in the Philippines” and not some arrogant jetsetter like you. Also, Chavacano is a well-known dialect here in the Philippines. How many other Spanish-infested dialects spoken in the Philippines do you know? Right, one. So of course, most Filipinos would initially think that you are pertaining to Chavacano and not Spanish-Spanish. And one more thing, you are not in Spain, you are in Manila and people don’t give a flying fuck if you speak Castilian or whatever it is the hell that you speak. You can be a polyglot conversant in 10 different languages and it wouldn’t matter one single bit because HERE, we speak Tagalog.)
“Marian Rivera was born in Madrid, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and the interview with Jessica Soho said that she knows how to speak Spanish, but the way she spoke it in the interview with the incorrect and unmatching masculine noun/feminine adjective “esto es chica” instead of “esto es chico” and “un poquito problemo” instead of “un poquito problema”, anybody can tell that Marian Rivera doesn’t really speak Spanish, she actually speaks Chabacano, creole Spanish, which is logical since she grew up in Cavite, where her mom’s family is from. (Spanish….Creole Spanish…who cares?)
“I was made aware of the news that GMA was interested on returning Spanish as an official language on that day that it actually happened actually, and I added it to Wikipedia and people began wondering if it was true. Well it is true, and I’m very happy with it…I’ve seen a lot of debates on the internet about this issue, although for some reason, it had not yet penetrated the news media or television in the Philippines. Many people were strongly opposed because they believed it would be un-nationalistic, but that’s ridiculous considering that Spanish is the language of our Filipino ancestors (and my grandparents,and aunts and uncles), the language of the Ilustrados that started the revolution, and the language that built the country. It shouldn’t have anything to do with nationalism, it has to do with the power of language, and how language helps a country’s economy. In the call center business alone, knowing how to speak Spanish automatically earns you a promotion. I just hope that the Philippines pushes forward with this, and no uneducated misguided nationalists do something else that will further push the economy of the Philippines further downward by opposing to one of the smartest political, business, tourism, cultural, and economic opportunities that Philippines has ever had in a long time – taking advantage of OUR Spanish language to improve the Philippine economy.”
“Should Spanish be reinstated as an official language in the Philippines?” – Filipino Cultured
(Now, what Filipino in his or her right mind would ask such an insulting question? Spanish was the original official language of our country for more than three centuries. I say, 300 friggin’ years is more than enough, would you agree? I mean, there are already thousands of loaned Spanish words in various Philippine languages and most colleges also offer Spanish language courses as an elective. So what’s the point in making it official again?
Making Spanish as our official language again is one thing but assuming that it can help the economy of the Philippines, well, that is quite vainglorious if not doltish. Filipinos should learn to speak Spanish because it’ll pave the way for a lot of job openings for Spanish-speaking agents in the call center industry? Why thank you very much! That definitely raised our hopes up about our future careers! Perhaps we can also be servants for Spanish employers abroad? And why not throw in some more of those Spanish-speaking caregivers to complete the stereotype.)
“I can speak and understand Spanish, and I can understand Tagalog, but I can’t speak it that well…” – Filipino Cultured
(So much talk about the lack of concern from Filipinos to embrace their Spanish roots but this author can’t even speak Tagalog well?! That betrays the author’s claim for national pride and heritage, doesn’t it? Verguenza tamien boh! Parar engrandice na quirre boh queda Filipino! Yes, I can speak Chavacano and I can speak and understand Castilian. I can also speak Tagalog and English. All these languages…I can speak fluently. That’s me telling you to embrace your Filipino roots…I mean…your mixed Malay heritage! SELL OUT!!!)