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San Francisco certifies Tagalog as 3rd required language in city affairs

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

Filipino (Tagalog), the most commonly spoken Filipino language in the Bay Area and the official language of the Philippines, is now a third required language, in addition to Chinese and Spanish, city officials announced April 2 at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Coke TV ad elicits Filipino pride…and some chuckles


By now, you’ve heard how the multilingual version of “America the Beautiful” in Coca Cola’s Super Bowl ad caused indignation among conservatives who are still uncomfortable with cultural diversity. Many Filipinos, however, were distracted by more pressing matters about the ad.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New UK envoy knows his Filipino


When one of the British Embassy’s staffers struggled to find the Filipino word for “meeting,” the new ambassador chimed in and said, “pulong.” Then, at a recent reception, someone whispered after shaking the ambassador’s hand, “Sino siya?” The diplomat answered, leaving the female guest in shock: “Nakalimutan mo ako.”

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »


To the expelled Laoag students: ‘Agilocano kay latta’


Speaking Tagalog was a potentially costly offense when I was growing up in Quezon City in the 1970s.

Posted: August 8th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »


Why Filipino Americans say Pilipino, not Filipino

Members of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor cast of the San Francisco State University student group's Pilipino Cultural Night show in 1992. PHOTO/Elrik Jundis

There’s an interesting side note to the ‘Filipinas’ vs ‘Pilipinas’ controversy. A similar debate, this time over whether it should be ‘Filipino’ or ‘Pilipino,’ also erupted decades ago — in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Call the Philippines ‘Pinas’ instead


My head started spinning with the ruckus over the Komisyon ng Wikang Pilipino’s resolution to bury “Philippines” as a vestige of US colonialism and to change “Pilipinas” to “Filipinas.” That’s supposedly in order to accurately reflect our country’s history and development as a nation. But the proposed name, “Filipinas,” is also a product of colonialism—Spain’s. I got so terribly confused.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

70 Filipinos get $1M for speaking Tagalog


Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California will share a nearly $1 million settlement in a lawsuit claiming they were targeted by a rule requiring English only at work, federal officials said Monday.

Posted: September 19th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »


How my sons lost their Tagalog, Sulat kay James Soriano


SAN FRANCISCO—My wife and I decided early on that Tagalog was going to be our sons’ first language. It wasn’t easy. In his first days in pre-school, our first-born was miserable, intimidated by a world in which pretty much everyone spoke English. But his pediatrician said not to worry about it. Experts said not to [...]

Posted: August 31st, 2011 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »



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