It feels great to know that i belong to a company of many tongues. The cultural diversity among its employees is fantastic and being here is an experience for cultural, personal and professional growth.

Ironically speaking though, the language spoken whose purpose is to communicate turned into subjects for ridicule.

I was walking at the floor lobby when i heard two girls in talking Visayan dialect. Being conversant with the language, i was sure that the two were talking about their worries probably a problem. Suddenly, another came to them and commented "mga bisayang baliw!". The two were shocked. Though they take it as a joke, i can't help but raised my eyebrows to them.

Language is a very potential medium of communication.
There are over 170 languages in the Philippines; almost all of them belong to the Austronesian language family. Of all of these languages, only 2 are considered official in the country, at least 10 are considered major and at least 8 are considered co-official. Tagalog is the widely spoken dialect second is Cebuano/Visayan.Tagalog was chosen on DEcember 31, 1937 as a national language and teaching the language begun in 1940 but it was not made an official language until the restoration of independence on July 4, 1946. Starting in 1961, the national language began to be referred to as Filipino rather than Tagalog.

On a personal note
Talking in local dialect had never been considered a violation in the workplace (wag ka lang pahuli).Though we have an EOP (English Only Policy), one can't resist but speak in his/her native tongue. Tagalog always does.
The incidence was an example of discrimination.Most of the tagalog speakers are insecure among other speakers. It was quite obvious that most filipinos are bilingual (speaking in their local dialect + Tagalog) and others are multilingual (local+Tagalog+English/Spanish/French,etc) This maybe because no matter what dialect others are speaking, they are still conversant to the Filipino language for being part of the curriculum. But being foreign to these local dialects should not be a reason for being paranoid. One is not entitled to give a blunt comment specially if you don't understand what others are talking. Filipino language is also a foreign dialect to the people of Mindanao and Visayas if it was not declared a national language 70 years ago.

It was quite sad to note that some Filipinos are "racist" in their own little way. Is it because they don't know how to speak other dialects? Is it because they are just paranoid? Or is it because Tagalog are merely insecure to these probinsyanos/probinsyanas!

I must admit i felt bitter. Masyado lang akong affected sa label na "bisayang baliw" mula sa mga taong ignorante sa salitang gamit.

We should respect the cultural diversity of other people. Educated people does unless otherwise!


  1. hi...

    ngaun ko lng na ikot ang blog mo... very warm ang aking pakiramdam while ur background music plays lalo nadagdagan pa ng ambiance ng blog mo... love ko...

    bout ur post... hihihi im sure ur not Bisaya... nd natural lng ang reaction mo sa iyong narinig... i am Bisaya pro im not totaly speaking bisaya though marunong ako nd some of my frends is bisaya... as long as u know na hndi ikaw ang pinag tritripan nila... ignore them na lng... kahit may plociy kaung English only... hihih but if u need to have a translator... alam mo na kung saan ako mahahagilap... hihihi


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  3. hi vera,

    thanks for that compliment:) you are appreciated.

    Fortunately, i am bisaya and i will always be one wherever my destiny leads me:)hihihi

    salamat ha..

  4. How sad! No wonder hirap tayong umasenso sa Pilipinas, we can't even respect and embrace each other's regionalistic cultures. Sana naman we can celebrate unity in this really easier said than done?

  5. naku my friend... it is very evident in all places..

    not only cultural diversity but even our works and educational attainment are subject to insult.

    there is always the word "LANG" labelled on a person. even the way a person looks is one factor for ridicule.

    i remember an officemate from davao who needed a company on her visit to luneta. (first time cgro nya dun to see one of our historic landmark). Do you know what the others said?

    "wag tayong pumunta dun pag linggo ha. muchacha day yun sa luneta eh!"


    whats wrong with mingling with kasambahays?

    i guess what others need is understanding on each others differences. not only on cultural aspect but also in physical, emotional and economic status.


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