Tagalog Is A "Bad" Language
I remember watching a boy pageant on TV. It's like a beauty pageant, with talent and Q&A portions and all, but the contestants are boy age 5 to 9. Anyway, one of the contestant of the eliminations told the hosts (on cam, mind you) that he wanted the question asked in English. The hosts asked why, and this is what he said:
"My grandmother said TAGALOG is bad."
What the...? Since when speaking in the local language becomes a taboo?
Apparently, the boy belonged to a rich family (judging from where he lives).
The boy's case is not unique. Several rich kids speak in English and, in our culture of extreme contrasts, rich people are not supposed to speak in Tagalog since it's "the language of the masses." They could only speak Tagalog "when talking to their 'yaya' (babysitters)."
Being a semi-patriot (I love the country, but I hate the government), my heart bleeds for the Tagalog language. With Filipino pride waning with every crisis and every working opportunity abroad, it's not unusual that Filipinos themselves begin to shun everything that is "masa" (masses) or in other words, anything "Filipino", from movies, songs, consumer products, and yes, even the language that sets us apart from other people.
Sad but true, what used to be a cool language to speak during the post-WW2, what used to be the revolutionary language of the Spanish era, what is the standard language of the Filipino lexicography, is beginning to dwindle down as the language of the poor and the uneducated.
That does not mean that Filipinos should insist on speaking Filipino amidst the globalization of English. What I want to say is to hone the Filipino language. Put it in our minds and hearts that it is through the Filipino language, through Tagalog (and all other ethnic languages for that matter) that we become Filipino. Without the Filipino language, we are like babies without names or students without IDs.
Our identity is slowly being lost and we Filipinos are becoming two nationalities: The Rich and "Ang Mahirap".