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by Ernie Turla

Ot acu, e cu cacacasnucan ustung ababasa cu ing K-orthographing penimunan dareng Tagalug? E cu agaganacang ing sulat aini, nga cu ware, sistema re queng pamanyulat deng papatda queng salita tamu. Iti, aniapin libri tamu queng nung sanung sistema ing buri tang tuquian, pati na itang paclang a tutuquian ning Mayap a Balita.

Why be disgusted to see the Spanish style of writing simply because the Spanish were the ones responsible for the death of Tarik Soliman half a millennium ago? The Spaniards did more good to the archipelago than bad. The Philippine revolution was more of a war for independence than a war against government abuses. Like many, I was also brainwashed and made to believe when I was in grade school that the Spaniards were wicked and the Americans were good guys. The patriotic feeling instilled in me was all the result of hating the Spaniards and fighting against such abusive tyrants.

But let's get to the bottom of the real problem which is the use of the much-hated C-Q orthography. We should bear in mind that it was the Spaniards who introduced the Roman alphabet that we are using now. Getting rid of the C and the Q would not solve the problem of getting reminded of the abusive Spaniards. For the rest of the alphabet - all 24 of them also came to us through the same people. If you really don't want to see vestiges of Spanish influence, adopt the system of writing of the early Filipinos, the Baybaylan or whatever it is called.

And of course, you don't just stop there. The Roman alphabet introduced to us by them is just a drop in the bucket. Take into consideration our names, both first and last. You then have to do away with such names as Aida, Oscar, Roberto, Alejandro, Castro, Garcia, etc. You would also hate to hear the name "Philippines" and our own nationality, "Filipinos". Many of our barrios, towns and streets are Spanish-derived. Some good examples are Angeles, Mexico, San Fernando, Hermosa, Concepcion. All those that start with San, Sta. and Sto. such as San Simon, Sta. Ana and Sto. Tomas are Spanish. Avenida Rizal, Calle Real, Plaza Burgos are Spanish too. Now, do you get disgusted to hear the names of such places? Then of course we have so many words that are derived from Spanish and which are too numerous to even mention. In fact you have already changed some of them into our language. You now use pipagaralan, talaturu, aklat. Common terms which we ordinarily use become weird and artificial to the ear. I'm sure even my friend, Felix, would be wondering what "banuang dalan" means!

To get rid of Spanish, we have to burn the works of Rizal which were all in Spanish, the works of Bergano and others which are presently pulled from archives and studied and translated by scholars and other researchers.

Get rid of the Spanish-style houses which Ivan is trying to preserve. Just settle for native nipa huts, for that's a more progressive way of life.

And of course, you have to go back to being either Muslim or pagan. For that's what most Filipinos were before the coming of the Spanish.. Burn the cross, the Bible, the chapels and churches, both old and new. No more fiestas, Christmases, Easters, Mass, processions, baptisms, etc. Otherwise, they would remind you of the Spanish who introduced all these to us.

In my case, I'm just proud of our good relations with the Spaniards for 327 years. Our Kapampangan ancestors were their allies. In a way, they helped the colonial government rule the archipelago. So, hating the Spaniards would be tantamount to hating our forebears and our own kind. Kapampangans were said to be the favorite of the Spaniards. In them they found the tribe they trusted most. In them they found the brave and loyal soldiers, the dugong aso who would defend the colony from all other foreign aggressors and keep the archipelago intact and united. Our being united as a people since 1571 is a legacy we should be thanking the Spaniards rather than despising them. No single person that our society honors can claim having done something that big for the Philippines.

Spanish influence is everywhere in the Philippines. Spanish culture would be with us forever and everybody should learn to live with it.. After reading all this, you would, I hope no longer be offended by my particular writing style, my using the C and the Q.
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