‘Pilipinas’ Ba o ‘Filipinas’ Talaga?

Pilipinas o Filipinas

We couldn’t help but comment on the resolution issued by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) on April 12 to revert to the name “Filipinas” instead of the more popular “Pilipinas” and even “Philippines” as the country’s official name.  KWF said the resolution promotes the country’s official and modern name which reflects its history and development as a nation.

The KWF document is already making rounds in social media nearly a month before Buwan ng Wika next month.

But what’s in a name?

  • Filipinas is said to be the original name given by the Spanish colonizers to honour the king of Spain, King Felipe II.
  • Our national artist Virgilio Almario, a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Arts and letters, highlighted how it is preposterous that citizens of a country known to the world as the Philippines are called Filipinos and not Pilipinos.
  • The 1992 article entitled Patayin ang ‘Pilipinas’ (‘Kill Pilipinas’) said the used of three names—Philippines, Pilipinas and Filipinasleads to “national confusion.”

What is your stake in the KWF resolution?  Alumni react!

Agree, disagree or never mind.


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