My mother’s tongue

Aureen Kyle Mandap - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2022

I’m the first woman in four generations on my mother’s side who has a diploma. Growing up, I prided myself in my achievements. If I were asked to count the number of awards I have, I wouldn’t…

DepEd may revert to English, Filipino as medium of instruction for primary learners

Daphne Galvez 08/24/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to revert to English and Filipino as medium of instruction for primary learners. DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte is in…

Marcos wants to reexamine medium of instruction in schools

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said he wants to reexamine the medium of instruction in schools, saying he wants to maintain the advantage of Filipinos as an “English-speaking people.” Marcos said foreign…

Bongbong Marcos told: Replace English with Filipino as language of instruction

John Eric Mendoza 07/02/2022

MANILA, Philippines — A progressive teacher’s group on Friday urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to make Filipino the language of instruction instead of English. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) chairperson Vladimer Quetua made the call…

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…

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