Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino: "Stop using the name 'Pilipinas,' use the 'Filipinas' instead"



Ipinapasya, gaya ng ginagawang pagpapasiya ngayon, na ibalik ang gamit ng 'Filipinas' habang pinipigil ang paggamit ng 'Pilipinas' upang mapalaganap ang opisyal at modernisadong katawagan ng bansa na kumikilala sa kasaysayan at pag-unlad ng pagkabansa nito.”

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) said in a resolution dated April 12, which is going viral this weekend.


National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, who chairs the KWF, has pushed for the use of “Filipinas” for over two decades.

In the article, “Patayin ang 'Pilipinas' (Kill 'Pilipinas'),” Almario said the country has 3 names: “Filipinas,” “Philippines,” and “Pilipinas.”  

"lbinasbas sa atin ang una ng kolonyalismong Espanyol at siya nating opisyal na pangalan sa loob  ng tatlong  siglo.  ltinatawag naman sa atin ang ikalawa ng imperyalismong Amerikano at opisyal nating pangalan ngayon sa Ingles.  Bersiyong Tagalog ng una ang ikatlo at batay sa orihinal na titik ng lumang abakada."

He also said using 3 different names contributes to “national confusion.” 

Almario, former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Arts and Letters, admitted it is costly to shift to "Filipinas." He said it may also be awkward to call UP, for example, as the University of Filipinas.

The KWF proposed the following initial moves:
 
  • To gradually introduce “Filipinas” in seals, letterheads, notepads, and other materials; and
  • To urge institutions and companies with the name “Pilipinas” to spell it as “Filipinas”

The commission, however, clarified this is not mandatory, especially for institutions established when the letter “F” was not acknowledged in the Filipino alphabet.
  
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