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Senator Pia Cayetano was wrong to say that our level of English proficiency is nakakahiya.
During a Senate hearing on Monday, Senator Pia Cayetano demanded to know why some broadcasters choose to air children’s programs dubbed in Filipino instead of their original versions in English. She wants kids to learn how to speak English as early as ...
 
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We may not be known for science, but the Philippines has made some remarkable contributions to the field.
You may have read Filipino Invention Myths We Totally Fell For and learned that no, a Filipino did not invent the fluorescent lamp. No, a Filipino did not invent the Armalite. No, ancient Filipinos did not use yoyos as weapons. When it comes ...
 
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Here are the origins of some Filipino slang used in the past 50 years.
You might not be aware of it but you may be using Filipino slang that your parents may have used way back in the ‘70s. Filipino slang is a fascinating topic for any scholar of language because of its quickly and constantly ...
 
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Filipino is taught in some of the world's top universities.
Unknown to many, the Philippines has been promoting the use of the Filipino language in other countries. It is taught in some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Sorbonne University in France, Osaka University in Japan, University of London ...
 
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They're pioneers of Filipino food overseas.
Purple Yam and Jeepney have once again been recognized as some of the most stellar restaurant in New York City. The pioneering Filipino restaurants are ranked 84th and 98th, respectively, on Time Out's esteemed list of 100 Best New York restaurants. Purple Yam, ...
 
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Larry Itliong, helped pave the way for the success of labor movements in America.
In 1929, 15-year-old Larry Itliong sailed to America along with 31,000 other Filipinos. There, he aspired to become a successful lawyer and dreamed of seeking justice for the poor and the marginalized.But the 1930s was not a good time to be a ...
 
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Bobby Pontillas directed the stunning and sentimental "One Small Step."
From the second she watches a rocket ship launch off into space, Luna dreams of becoming an astronaut. Supported by her father, a Chinese immigrant who repairs shoes for a living, she embarks on her dream of glow-in-the-dark galaxies, carton spaceships, and ...
 
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Bobby Rubio is also behind the first Fil-Am characters in a Pixar short.
It wasn't long ago when Filipino-American story artist Bobby Rubio made headlines for Float, the first Pixar animated short that will star Pinoy characters. Rubio is working towards more representation, saying, "When I was growing up, I didn’t see much characters that ...
 
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It's part of PIxar's series of "indie" shorts.
Just a few days after Darren Criss’ win at the Golden Globes, Hollywood took another step forward in recognizing its Filipino-American artists. This time, it’s courtesy of one of the largest animation studios in the world.Earlier this month, Pixar launched SparkShorts, a ...
 
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The Philippines and America have a 425-year history.
On October 18, 1587, 33 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, the first documented Filipinos arrived in what is now considered Morro Bay, California.The Filipino men, or Indios Luzones as they were referred to at that time, crewed the Nuestra ...
 
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The young Philippine Science High School alumna introduces technology that might just be the future for all energy-saving air conditioners.
With electricity consumption up four percent in the last year and monthly bills soaring higher and higher, there have been growing concerns about energy conservation in the Philippines.With that concern in mind, Maria Yzabell Angel V. Palma, a De La Salle University ...
 
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More than one of them is Gaiman-endorsed.
Internationally renowned fictionist Neil Gaiman professed his love for Philippine folklore on Twitter after he was prodded by a fan, but he also declined a request that he write a book on it, saying that the Philippines has “many terrific writers there who can ...
 
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Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine graduated cum laude from the prestigious Ivy League university.
A Filipina Harvard alumnus, Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine, has been elected to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. The Harvard alum will serve a six-year term, and will work with other members of the board to maintain the university’s standards as a place of learning.Right ...
 
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Christopher Remkes' story is a source of inspiration for us all.
Christopher Remkes won the gold for men’s vault at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Filipino native made history by scoring 14.766 and 14.866, ending a 24-year dry spell for Australia.A post shared by Chris Remkes (@chrisremkes1) on Mar 18, 2018 at 12:35am ...
 
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Fact is, you’re as happy as the country you live in.
The United Nations recently published the 2018 edition of its annual World Happiness Report, which aims to gauge a country’s happiness based on several factors, with the intention of using it as a guide for social development. It’s a lofty ambition, seeking ...
 
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She greeted a Filipino couple who caught the surprising moment on video.
A video of Meghan Markle was posted by Jenny Ulay on Facebook, showing Markle greeting Filipino fans in the vernacular. The video was reuploaded by Malcolm S Conlan and has since gone viral.This took place during the official royal tour of Prince ...
 
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Do you know that there's a Tagalog word for charger?
Just like the ever-changing world, our vocabulary is also evolving, constantly growing and shifting the landscape of communication. Now, aside from the words written in our trusty old dictionary, there are also some English words which have existed for a very long ...
 
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We need to celebrate the 200 other languages in the Philippines.
While Filipino is highlighted in August (designated as Buwan ng Wika since 1997, having been expanded from a mere Linggo ng Wika), there are actually over 200 other languages in the Philippines worth celebrating.Data science team We Are Thinking Machines came up last year ...
 
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Ano nga ba ang batayan ng pagiging “buhay” ng isang wika?
Oo naman.Iyan ang inaasahan, nararapat at wastong sagot. Lalo na sa mga araw na ito ng buwan ng Agosto, ang Buwan ng Wika, sino ang magsasabing hindi buhay ang wikang Filipino (ang taguri sa wikang pambansa simula noong 1987)? Tandaang bago ang ...
 
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The influence of this ancient language can be seen in how Filipinos write today.
The Philippine Baybayin script belongs to the Austronesian languages. "Bâybayin" aptly means "to syllabicate or syllabify."  Baybayin has three vowels and 14 consonants (see charts below). It was widely used in the country prior to Spanish conquest up until 1668 when the script forms were removed from official ...
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