MANILA, 30 August 2019 – As National History Month comes to a close, let’s take a look back at how Filipinos reconnect to their roots through social media. Filipinos are known to be expressive in taking pride in our culture and heritage. As an interest-based platform, the audience has become the key driver for every conversation on Twitter. It’s real-time and people can find various information that is relevant to their passions or interests.
Being a public and real-time platform, everyone is given a chance to showcase their love and support for all things proudly Pinoy. From language to visual arts, here’s how Filipinos use Twitter to tell their cultural story:
Celebrating the colorful Filipino languages
National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said: “He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.” The Philippines is home to about 185 listed individual languages. Though English, Filipino, and Tagalog are predominantly used; Filipinos on Twitter show pride and love for our own language as they engage in different linguistic discourses.
The Philippines is not only facing political, socioeconomic, territorial issues, but is also compromised culturally and linguistically. Within this vein, Buwan ng Wika should be called Buwan ng MGA Wika for correct reasons. Why? SIT FUCKIN TIGHT, LADIES. LET’S BEGIN. pic.twitter.com/503Rhe03Z6
— NORMAN F****** BLACK (@keiakamatsu) February 5, 2019
The revival of the Baybayin script has been quite a popular conversation this year. The indigenous script was last used hundreds of years ago but was recently promoted in an effort to preserve endangered languages and other parts of Filipino heritage. On Twitter, many Filipino millennials were seen adopting the language, incorporating it into their art and encouraging others to learn it as well.
Petition to add a subject to learn BAYBAYIN?? pic.twitter.com/gHFFj6At2O
— ? D I. #LABAN21 (@kent2fredeluces) August 9, 2019
Recreating Filipino literature in the age of social media
With #ManilaEncounters, people pen their mini-fiction with a complete plot featuring elements of the Philippine mythology within 280 characters. The stories may be short, but it left a lot of people spooked and awake at night.
he asked me what they’re shouting about, out there in the streets.
“honey, it’s just for taho, balut, and merienda—sometimes black magic, often turon.”
he laughs. “you’re crazy. why do i love you again?”, but endearingly.
i froze. is the gayuma wearing off? #ManilaEncounters
— ?? (@erickaxryan) February 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Filipinos use #RP612Fic that gives a glimpse of what our heroes would be posting if social media exist back in the day. This alternative way of telling Philippine history also showcased the humorous and playful side of Filipinos.
— tired!chingu (@chingoals) June 11, 2019
Showcasing Pinoy-inspired visual arts
Traditional Filipino art is a reflection of how diverse our culture and traditions are. Most artworks have intricate patterns and details which shows the craftsmanship and mastery of our famed Filipino artists. Through #ArtPH, Filipinos prove that visual art is still highly celebrated as the younger generation take the spotlight to promote their equally-masterful renditions of traditional Filipino art.
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— Kurboi ??? (@kurty_boi) August 18, 2019
— kami ?NYCC E25 (@karekareo) January 16, 2019
As we move forward, our culture and heritage will always remain as pillars of our identity as a Filipino. Celebrate Philippine History and show your pride by joining the conversation or sharing your Pinoy-inspired art on Twitter!