Friday, June 20, 2008

Watch Jessica Soho episode on 'Kalam'

A few weeks ago, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) featured the mass media, particularly broadcast, industry of the Philippine provinces which employ the use of the local language. Because we are doing the first ever Kapampangan TV drama, they decided to feature us to represent the Kapampangans.

This is the second time a Kamaru project has attracted national television. If you can still remember, RocKapampangan was also featured months ago when they did a segment on Promdi Rock.

What's negative about Jessica Soho is that she doesn't see the distinction between a language and a dialect. She would call the Kapampangan language a dayalekto (dialect), sometimes, wika (language). Researchers should advise her on the difference of the two, and that non-Tagalog Philippine languages are, well, languages, not dialects.

Second is the constant labeling of provincial products as Promdi products. Promdi rock, promdi telenovelas, etc. It implies a centralized view of the Philippines -- Manila is Philippines, and if you come from the province, there's a special label for you.

If you failed to watch the 'Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho' episode featuring Kalam, it's now on YouTube:

1 comment:

gladita said...

I agree with you. Our languages in the province are not dialects because we have our own grammar and literature. Your advocacy is already bearing fruits. Congrats!