Aking Pananaw Sa Wikang Filipino Ngayon..

Maraming nagsasabi na ang mga Pilipino daw ngayon ay di na maalam magsalita ng diretsong Filipino or Tagalog.. Madalas ay gumagamit tayo ng mga hiram na salita sa Ingles kapag hindi natin maipaliwanag sa tamang Tagalog ang isang bagay.. Dito nabuo ang sinasabi nilang Taglish — ang paggamit ng mga salitang Filipino at Ingles sa pangungusap..

Madalas itong mapakinggan sa mga mag-aaral sa mataas na paaralan o mga nasa kolehiyo.. Marami sa kanila ay sinanay ng kanilang mga magulang na magsalita sa wikang banyaga kaya may mga kataga silang di nila maipaliwanag sa Filipino..

Hindi naman masama na makipagkomunikasyon sa wikang Ingles ngunit dapat nating alalahanin na ang wika ay bahagi ng ating pagkakakilanlan bilang mga Filipino at sumisimbolo sa daang taong pakikibaka ng ating mga bayani upang matamo ang ating kasarinlan.. Hindi ako hadlang kung gustuhin man ng mga magulang na lumaki ang kanilang mga anak na sanay sa salitang banyaga ngunit dapat din nilang pahalagahan ang Filipino at hubugin din sila na makipag-usap ng malaya sa tamang Filipino..

Ayokong isipin na darating ang panahon na ang wikang sariling atin ay magiging pangalawang wika na lamang ng bansa at Ingles ang mas tinatangkilik.. Sana hindi dumating ang panahon na kahit mga batang ipinanganak at lumaki sa Pilipinas ay di makapagsalita sa wika natin dahil sa tingin ng kanilang magulang ay mas may angat at lamang ang kanilang mga anak dahil sa pagsasalita ng Ingles.. Muli, hindi ako tutol sa pagtuturo ng ikalawang salita sa mga bata ngunit sana ay matuto din silang pahalagahan ang Filipino..

Kahit ang inyong abang lingkod ay aminado na hindi ako lubos na matatas sa ating sariling wika.. Madalas ay hindi ako makagsalita ng isang buong pangungusap na diretsong Filipino at mas naipapahayag ang aking ideya sa salitang banyaga.. Sa pagsusulat ay mas madaling makapag-Filipino dahil nakakapag-isip ka pa di tulad sa pagsasalita.. Ngunit, ako’y mulat sa katotohanan na dapat kong pahalagahan ang Filipino at ipinagmamalaki kong ako ay kahit papano nakakapagsalita nito..

Gayundin ang aking mga pinsan at kamag-anakan sa Cebu at Cagayan de Oro, di sila mahusay magsalita ng Tagalog dahil Bisaya at Ingles ang kanilang ginagamit na salita doon.. Karamihan ng mga nakatira sa Visayas at Mindanao ay di marunong mag-Tagalog ngunit kanilang sinisikap na pag-unlarin ito.. Pinipilit nilang makipag-ugnayan ngunit kapag alam kong lalo kaming di magkaintindihan, ako na mismo ang umaakay sa kanila na sa Ingles na lamang magsalita..

Tayo ay Filipino, dapat natin itong ipagmalaki.. Filipino na kahit bukas sa mga banyagang pag-iisip, ay namumutawi pa rin sa ating kaisipan ang kalahagahan ng bawat simbolo ng ating pagiging malaya, at isa na rito ang ating wika — Filipino..

Ito ay dapat ipagbunyi at ipagmalaki hindi lamang ngayong buwan ng Agosto kundi sa lahat ng pagkakataon..

A Loud And Pampered Lady — Guedy Del Rio..

She’s too loud..

She loves to share her faith.

Hitting others is so natural to her just like breathing when she’s excited.

She is Maria Agueda Duque Del Rio.

I’ve known her for 3 years now and though just like me, she is one of the oldest in our group, she acts like she is the youngest. Well, she is a pampered lady in her own family. She always gets what she wants.

But just like a kid, immature as we may say, but she also shows the strength and will of a young person. Determined to get whatever she wanted and will stand by it no matter what. She doesn’t like showing weakness to others.

We may always have some misunderstandings due to a clash of our differences, we have lots of common traits as well. We still end up as being close friends and sisters even if now are apart. She now works in Eastwood and has never met each other since she resigned in January. But still keeping the lines open through text and social media.

Today is your day Agueda, and now, you are already 30! Nyahaha! Welcome to the world of single women in their 30s! Let’s not lose hope and keep the faith!

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Learning The Art Of Cat Selfie..

Recently, cats taking their own selfies have become viral online. Cat Selfie Apps are now available for download which gives the opportunity to owners (should I say, cats’ staffs!?) to join the fad.

Cats are known to be solitary and moody animals. They’ll play with you if they want to, they’ll ignore you if they aren’t in the mood. They say that if dogs and cats can use phones, dogs will immediately text you back if you send them a message while cats will just go back to sleep and respond once they wake up.

One of the most downloaded Cat Selfie App is Snapcat. Snapcat uses a moving red dot in an all-black background just like a laser pointer. Cats love to chase laser pointers and it’s the same thing on this app! Though I would say it still depends on your cat’s mood if they would paw the screen or not.

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I have downloaded this app to check if I could convince my kitty to take his selfie. Well, it only took my cat’s interest for a few seconds then voila! He ignores the app now no matter what I do. But at least he was able to take some decent cat selfies.

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Cat lovers know that they really don’t own their cats – cats own them. They are at their beck and call. If dogs have owners, cats have staffs. They’ll just go to you if they are hungry or need anything else they will go back to their fave hobby — sleep marathon. But having a cat gives a different feeling to a person, it calms you when you are stressed and gives you laughs when you are feeling down. They are not loud like dogs and won’t bother you all the time and can fend for themselves.

Well, for now, I’ll just be contented with a few shots from my cat. I’ll try giving him more food and let’s see if he’ll follow my command next time to put his paw on the screen! (As if he has ever followed my command!)

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An Exhausting Day At The Gym..

Had my 3rd session of Muay Thai training at the Elorde Gym in Mandaluyong last Tuesday and I would say I am already getting the hang of it somehow. Well, I’m getting used to the pain, I’ll say! Or so I thought!

As usual, I went there right after my shift – I arrived around 7AM. For the last 2 sessions, my trainer Loy was already awake and having his cup of coffee by the stairs. But that time, Kuya Bong said he was still asleep! So I told him to just let Loy sleep a little bit more since it was still early and I’d just run a few laps and do some jump ropes.

After a few moments, I saw him coming out from his dungeon (Hehehe.. As if he’s a dragon?), looking tired and too sleepy and as if he was just dragging himself to wake up. I pretended not to see him since I don’t like messing up with people who just woke up. Yah know, here in the Philippines, we have a saying – “Magbiro ka na sa lasing, wag lang sa bagong gising!” (Throw a joke to a drunk person but never to a person who just woke up!).

Well, he acknowledged my presence and told me he’ll just have a cup of coffee and some crackers for breakfast. I thought he was just lacking sleep looking at his grumpy face but he mentioned he had a few bottles of beer the night before. Talking about being health conscious and all! (Hahaha!)

Anyway, I thought he’ll be a little bit lenient with me that day since he wasn’t feeling okay but it seemed I was too wrong! He knew what he was doing and intensified my routines which made me really exhausted and really want to take a rest and sleep. But me – being a fighter and all – doesn’t want to show defeat, and tried my best not to faint. Bwahahaha! (I don’t like others see me weak!). I felt okay all throughout the session though I drank 3 ½ litres of water for a two-hour workout. Hehehe. And never had a bathroom break! I guess, all of my excess fluid came out as sweat!

Anyway, still enjoyed the session and the people there at Elorde Gym are easy to get along with. I had conversations with the other trainers after my session and had a few laughs here and there while my trainer Loy was having his catnap somewhere (I didn’t bother to chat with him after since he looks so tired. Poor boy! Bwahaha!).

Before I left, I had a short chat with him when I saw him already up and torturing another poor guy. He even had the guts to tease me that I’ll experience the same thing the guy was doing then! Hahaha. I just laughed it off though I was looking intently at the poor guy’s condition as he was sweating profusely – obvious small lakes of sweat on the floor. Aaaaahhh! Panic mode!

Anyway, if you see him, he may look like an innocent young guy who just decided to have a tattoo out of peer pressure, but beware – he can definitely break your bones! Hahaha! Unless you’re a homosexual and will try to harass him, he’ll definitely run away immediately!

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Things I Can’t Let Go..

They say that in this life, you should learn to let go in order to move forward. Let go but never forget. There are even people who were assisted by professionals to stop them from hoarding and let go of those things they keep that have sentimental values. They were told that they should just keep the memories in their hearts and let go of those material things.

I definitely agree.

But I can also say that there are things I can never let go.

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In this age of technology — text messages, emails and video calls, are ways for us to communicate to our friends and loved ones. It makes our lives easier but it also prevents us from creating wonderful and tangible memories to keep. We no longer send snail mails full of warmth but instead, we send emails. E-Cards, in place of cards with handwritten dedication. I am happy that today’s generation is living in a fast-paced society but also sad that they would no longer be able to experience how it feels to have cramps while writing a very long letter for your friend or run to the nearest post office as soon as it opens for you to send your letter.

As I was rummaging my stuff, I found my old box of letters I keep when I was in high school (ok, that’s more or less 15 years ago). It still has the letters my friends gave me during my birthdays or just whenever they wanted to. The cards my eldest sister sent me when she had to stay with our grandparents in CDO to study. I even kept in there a small piece of card where my first love wrote his old address and a poem I took from his notes. Hehehe. It brought back all the memories. I didn’t even know that one of my suitors (yeah, you heard it, I had a few back then) in College wrote a letter for me telling me he was letting me go when I turned him down. Nyahaha!!

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It was so nostalgic when I started reading them again. Some of them are funny since they were written during high school, grammar errors were abundant — subject-verb agreement, singular vs. plural and tenses. But they still bring the same emotions, like excitement and anticipation as you open the envelope.

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I am thankful I decided to keep them because if I didn’t, I won’t have this opportunity to reminisce about the old days and on how they feel about me then. Well, almost all of them I still have communication with while others, I don’t have any more news about.

It’s not bad to keep souvenirs or like me, old letters, and treasure them. Though as they say, you can keep the memories inside, it also adds up having to see physical proof of their care and love for you. How they have spent even just 5 minutes of their time to write that letter for me. Letters show the feelings and emotions a person doesn’t wanna show on his/her face.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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