English ‘pa more,’ the ‘betterer’?

Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco - @inquirerdotnet 12/04/2021

Two things stand out about language in all three international learning assessments in which the Philippines took part. First, our country is exceptional in having English as language of instruction (LOI) that is not our home language.…

What ails Philippine education

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/11/2021

The below-average test scores of most Filipino students in Mathematics and Science that have been reported in various international assessments are all ultimately attributable to a reading comprehension problem. Our students simply can’t grasp the meaning of…

Ordinance mandating translation of signages to Cebuano or English passed

Delta Derycka C. Letigio 02/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Signages around the city must be understood by its residents. This was the statement of Cebu City Councilor Leah Japson on the third and final reading of her ordinance mandating that all signages…

DepEd: Congress, DepEd have power over curriculum, not Garcia

Rosalie O. Abatayo 12/17/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Neither Governor Gwendolyn Garcia nor the Cebu Local School Board (LSB) has the power to impose the medium of instruction for public elementary and high schools in the province. This was the clarification…

Gwen wants English back as main medium of instruction in public schools

Rosalie Abatayo 12/17/2019

CITY, Philippines — Starting School Year 2020-2021, public schools in Cebu province will be back at using English as the main medium of instruction from pre-school to senior high school. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the present setup…

WATCH: ‘Sosyal’ bottled water vendor in Iligan City

Immae Lachica 10/01/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines— In a sea of people and under the scorching heat of the sun, there’s only one essential thing we all need to get by— water. Since the Philippines is known for its generally year-long…

‘Trapo’ and ‘bongga’ make it into Oxford English Dictionary

Inquirer.net 10/12/2018

JUST in time for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections, the Oxford English Dictionary added ‘trapo’ in its extensive list of new words. In a statement, the OED defined ‘trapo’ as “a politician perceived as belonging to a…

Advice for Korean boyfriends

Jobers R. Bersales 01/17/2018

Robin Padilla’s fatherly advice to a Korean contestant to learn Tagalog during the latest episode of “Pilipinas Got Talent” on ABS-CBN runs into the continuing discourse on the national language and the colonial experience. He may not…

Bad weather foils Macarine’s English Channel bid anew

Glendale G. Rosal 08/18/2017

FOR THE second straight year, Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine has called off his bid to cross the treacherous English Channel. Macarine was supposed to swim the 33-mile channel from Dover, England to Calais, France on Friday, but…

China explores idea of hiring English-speaking househelp

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 07/20/2017

  China is experimenting on employing domestic helpers in mainland Chinese cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou, although not in the same scale as Hong Kong. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana shared this development to…

China opens opportunities to Filipinos as English teachers

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 07/15/2017

Beijing — Emalyn Ceniza Jiang, 31, taught English as a part-time teacher from 2013 to 2014 in Daan, Jilin province, with a monthly pay of 3,000 to 4,000 yuan (between Php 20,000 to Php 27,000). But it…

MAO BA?

Editorial 04/24/2017

UNWELCOME MISTRESS A jeepney passenger complained to his pal that a certain public official allowed his mistress and their child to stay at his office where the passenger happens to work in. He said this had been…

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