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CSC voids suspension of worker behind Pilipinas-to-Filipinas exposé

CSC Chairperson Francisco Duque INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has declared “void” the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s (KWF) twin directives placing under preventive suspension the agency’s human resource officer who earlier blew the whistle on the KWF head for his unauthorized alteration of the country’s name from Pilipinas to Filipinas.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Language commission chief charged with faking documents à la Napoles


The former chair of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), Jose Laderas Santos, has assailed what he called the “Napoles-style of faking state documents” allegedly committed by current KWF Chairman Virgilio Almario as he also asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the irregularities committed by the National Artist for Literature.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

In the footsteps of heroes


If the forebears whom we celebrate were alive today, National Heroes’ Day, they would be nodding in approval of every Filipino who is working for the abolition of the pork barrel. Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini, Melchora Aquino and countless others did not lay down their lives to throw our motherland to oppressors [...]

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Aquino: Language should be unifying force

President Benigno Aquino III  INQUIRER File Photo

Language should bind and unite Filipinos instead of dividing them, President Aquino said Monday in a speech he delivered at a conference on the national language.

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Should language evolve without rules?


Why are we so meticulous with our English and not with our own language?   Some of us who love language—especially English, and that includes me— worshipped at the feet of William Safire when he was living and writing (he passed on in 2009).   Others lament that there are no “Grammar Nazis” for Filipino. [...]

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Confused use of Filipino in media perpetuates errors


Language matters in our daily lives, whether we like it or not. It could make us lose our way in the streets—we could suddenly find ourselves in Caloocan when we wanted to go to Baclaran, for example—and all it would take is to read the signs wrong at the LRT or read the wrong signs on buses and jeepneys.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Who is the Filipino? genome expert asks


It is a question that has been asked for generations: “Who is the Filipino?”

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels

In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, thousands of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members, who signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government in 1996, display their weapons during a rally on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines. After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely-condemned terrorist group. The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia. AP/Nickee Butlangan, File

After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Filipino students hold virtual dialogue with Indian teens on religion, culture


It’s a face-off aimed at fostering understanding and quelling conflict. A total of 20 students from a Pasig high school recently held a virtual dialogue with fellow teenagers in India to share their thoughts on culture and religion—a meeting geared toward increasing young people’s awareness of interfaith understanding.

Posted: April 1st, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Suddenly, everybody is talking in Filipino

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. LYN RILLON

“Reglamento ng ebidensya.” “Matuklasan ang katotohanan.” “Kataas-taasang Hukom.”

Posted: January 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sen. Lapid welcomes proposal of Corona impeachment trial in Filipino

Senator Lito Lapid. PRIB Photo by JOSEPH VIDAL

A proposal to make the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona in Filipino received a thumbs up from no less than Senator Lito Lapid.

Posted: January 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘What’s recess in Filipino?’

A letter shown to media by Sen. Vicente Sotto III (in photo) supposedly sent by then Teresa Mayor Rodel de la Cruz to the senator’s office in 2012 and requesting funding for the antidengue project could be authentic, according to a town official of Teresa, Rizal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

How do you say subpoena duces tecum in Filipino? Or simply, recess in Filipino? Much as it was a “good” suggestion made by some Catholic bishops, it might be tough to conduct the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona entirely in Filipino, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said Sunday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Did you know

The cartoon character Juan de la Cruz, the symbol of the ordinary Filipino, was given a face by illustrator and cartoonist Jorge Pineda who was born on July 26, 1879, in Sta. Cruz, Manila. The name was coined by Scottish-born journalist Robert McCulloch-Dick in the 1900s after he noticed that it was the most common [...]

Posted: August 29th, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »



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