Don’t excuse yourself as a nationalist when you are just too lazy to learn other languages aside from Tagalog!
Don’t forget that through out Philippine history, the heroes that you worship and exalt; those heroes you admire and cite as nationalists, were themselves people who knew other languages aside from Tagalog.
Claro M. Recto was a firebrand who spoke against American encroachment in Philippine politic and the presence of US military bases in the country. But his most remarkable speeches, speeches which profoundly display his love of the country and the people, were in English.
Recto had become such an irritation for the US military-industrial complex…
nationalism is scary/foolish and has a false sense of love
“Hitler’s Germany and his idea of nationalism brought the world into a hellish state for several years. Nationalism then may sometimes turn into ethnocentrism, and of course… you know… ethnocentrism can lead to bad results.” & yes Maynila is not the Philippines & the Philippines is not Maynila
Whoah! I didn’t know this thing was still making rounds. I wrote this a few months back as a message to Tagalog-centric Filipinos who seem to demand that Filipinos from outside Manila should adopt Tagalog in the name of nationalism.
While I do agree that Hitler’s concept of nationalism eventually plunged Germany into the abyss, it must be also noted that the man convoluted the idea to suit his own racist political, social and economic needs. And his understanding of nationalism was bound on the idea of
a faked race, pseudo-religion and language (similar to what some Filipinos in Manila actually have in mind).
While I am against the idea that Filipino nationalism must be based on a single language (think about it we have more than 170 languages and dialects, why would you force one language on everyone?), I must point out that it is important to have a sense of nationhood in a country commonly bound by history, culture and aspirations. But again, nationalism in the Philippines should not be equated to the use of a single language.
I also must point out though that unlike many of the countries in the Western Hemisphere and even among our Asian neighbors, the Filipino concept of nation is problematic being that it was in the process of development when the “benevolent North American nation” arrived on our shores and water-cured our independence. This interregnum in our political and social development as a nation stunted our growth and distorted our notions of identity, freedom and even independence. And it is these distortions which persist to this day.
To make matters worse, the agents of that great advocate of democracy twisted our history, mutated our culture, aligned our political and economic policies with their government’s and even maligned our concept of nationhood to suit the interests of the land of the free and the home of the brave. Believe it or not, American journalists and historians even “edited” our history to support colonial interests.
And so you see, more than a century since the US stole our independence from us, 65 years after the American flag was lowered from Quirino Grandstand, 12 years after the American bases in Subic and Clark were closed, we still remain a country which has to undo the vestiges of the past and the social structures left to us by crypto-imperial American policy-makers and neocolonial administrators.
One should not wonder then why Filipino leftists consider themselves to be genuine nationalists (though their concept is as problematic as that held by Manila-centric nationalists).
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