The Filipino Subject

I had always thought that my Filipino classes were useless. For those who don't understand what I'm talking about, Filipino is a language class (just like English) were we learn how to speak and write in Filipino. I am a person who is practical and studying 2 classes in Filipino was the most impractical thing that I had ever done (well it was required of me to take Filipino classes).

I believe that taking the subject, Filipino, in elementary and high school was adequate enough because writing and speaking in Filipino fluently will not be required in my future career. I say this because even in the Philippines, all formal business transactions are transacted in English unlike other Asian countries like Japan and Korea where they transact business with their own language.

I had brought this topic up before at my university's forum and the people there said that I was selfish. Selfish? Selfish in what way? It pains me to know that some Filipinos are not open to change and change ladies and gentlemen is required for progress.

I am not saying that Filipinos should stop wasting their time learning and studying Filipino. What I'm saying is that in the college level, education should be more focused on teaching the students things that are related to their future career.

You see at our university we are thought a lot of things (because they want students to be well-rounded yes) but some of these subjects are impractical to me (Filipino is one). Other subjects that I find impractical is Physical Education (PE). I know that exercise is important but the only thing we do at PE is dance. My minor subjects tend to take up all of my time that I am not able to focus on subjects that really matter like Pathology, Physiology and Anatomy, Biology, and other subjects that are related to nursing.

I honestly believe that I had wasted my 2 years of college because these two years were only focused on finishing all of my "minor subjects". All my nursing subjects only began at second year and we only were able to set foot in the hospital at third year. Because of minor subjects I feel that there wasn't enough time for me to learn nursing concepts at all.

That's why I'm glad that I'm going to start studying again as a freshmen at Canada this coming school year. Imagine, all the major nursing concepts are already being studied in the first year level. I really can't wait to begin studying.

And oh yeah guess what, studying Filipino will not be of any help in Canada.


Anonymous said... know what?

your colleagues were are SELFISH!

and you only want to escape life itself...

and that is why you took nursing as a career!

you didnt even think that JApan, Korea, Singapore and etc who speaks and write in their own language, are now one of the industrialized countries and keeps on developing because of their love and loyalty to their country! not like you, your in CANADA to escape your own people..! check again your citizenship again your not even PROUD to be a Filipino!

in summary! PRO DEO ET PATRIA!

if you dont approve this comment, then you are really a jerk! you dont want people to know the real YOU! - think again! i'll always check on you SELFISH GUY...

Vincent Bautista said...

Hello Anonymous.

Big words for someone who is a nobody, hiding behind a cloak of cowardice.

Escape life? Well I'm only escaping poverty and a state of no development at all. And nursing is not an escape of life, it's actually a profession that I am interested in and am good in.

You talk ideologies but I'm more of a rational being with thoughts that are realistic and practical. You say that Japan and Korea speak their own language or whatever but they do go abroad to study English because they want to be globally competitive. And it is their good economy and government that contributes to their success because if it is only love and loyalty then the Philippines should have developed several decades ago.

Escape my own people you say, so meaning you want me to stay in the Philippines and rot? Huge amount of my taxes are wasted and only the politicians benefit.

I am glad that I left the Philippines because now I am more empowered and more opportunities are open to me. In Canada everyone is equal. I can buy all the things that I want because jobs are good and the prices of commodities are cheap. And yes I will check my citizenship. Guess what? It's Canadian Permanent Resident and in three years time, it's going to be Canadian citizen, and that's a fact!

Also it is not my obligation to tell people who I am and I don't think anyone else will even care who I am.

You act as if you're educated and smart but your use of street trash for a language only shows your low calibre. I can't stand people like you who harass other people and hide.

So if you have nothing better to do I'm going to enjoy my Canadian way of life. I'm going to get Canadian education, work in Canada, raise a family and be part of a Canadian community, and die in Canada. Being selfish to improve one's self and family is needed for development. What do you want me to do? go back to the Philippines and give money to poor Filipinos or something? Grow up. Life is not a fairy tale. Some people and countries will be poor and some countries will be rich. It's the way of life, the law of the jungle, only the fittest will survive.

So if moving to Canada to get a better life is selfish then I don't care, as long as I and my family are happy. i mind my business and you mind your business. It's that simple.

And oh yes. I do love my home and my country... and that's Canada.

And please don't blame me for the decay of Filipino society and call em selfish for wanting to seek a better life because that is so Filipino of you: Crab Mentality... pulling someone who is up you down. But guess what? It's not working.

vincent bautista is such a BITCH said...



Vincent Bautista said...


It's actually "You are one of the Filipinos who ARE EMBARRASSED to show their real life".

This is why Filipinos should focus on English more and no I didn't live a life in poverty so I'm not embarrassed of my old life in the Philippines.

Yes I will die in Canada and no I won't die right now because I still have to reach my goal of being a nurse anesthetist, buy my own house, buy my second car (I already own a car), and actually contribute to Canada's growth and development.

My family is actually proud of me because I didn't grow up like one of the Filipino FOBs here who cause nothing but trouble.

I pity you whoever you are.

Trisha said...

Hi. I'm 14 and I came across your blog because I was doing my filipino homework. Sana hindi mo masamain pero ikinahihiya kita. Nakakahiyang sabihin na may ganyang Pilipino. Sorry, but thats my perspective of you.

Vincent Bautista said...
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Vincent Bautista said...

Well thanks for leaving a comment Trisha.
No offence taken actually. You are entitled to your opinions as I am entitled to my opinions. My opinion that taking Filipino subjects was a waste of time in my circumstance still holds true. I have been writing scholastic
papers and doing my charting in English. Communicating with my patients and other disciplines at work is done through English. The other language that I need to learn really is French and I wished I could have taken this instead of Filipino.

Anonymous said...

I think Vincent you're right because Filipino and P.E subjects are just waste of time and money in tertiary level.

Anonymous said...

Siguro di lang naging magaling ang guro mo sa Filipino kaya ganyan ang comment mo kasi teacher ako sa Filipino at dahil sa akin minahal ng mga estudyante ko ang subject na Filipino in fact marami sa kanila ang kumukuha ngayon ng kursong education major in Filipino. Sana wag kang mainis sa mga Piipino kasi di naman lahat ay masama.Naniniwala ako niloob ng Diyos na umunlad ang buhay mo sa Canada para makatulong sa ibang Pilipino. Nong maging Pilipino ka di aksidente yon,nong maging Canadian ka that's also God's will dahil may plano Siya kaya sana tuparin mo yong plan ng Diyos sa iyo.

Valerie Jean Arpon said...

i understand what you feel about having Filipino as a subject because i'm also having problems on making a term paper in Filipino. XD But i hope you will understand that you shouldn't end up spitting mean words about Filipinos and their country, .. i mean OUR country, the Philippines. studying Filipino is a way to respect the place and culture where we were born.

You see, you should have went to an international school (where i think) you will never go in trouble studying Filipino as a subject.

Plus, you were in the Philippines so you have no choice but to study that subject, that way, you will never have trouble communicating to anyone in the Philippines. ^^

But you see, i wish the Deped and CHED will propose a program wherein you can choose a language to learn for the rest of your school life, like, what you said, french, italian, english, japanese and so on.

anyway, i hope you will stop discriminating about the existence of Filipinos in your place in canada, i mean, in the whole world coz remember: once a Filipino, always a Filipino. XD joke.