Contrary to popular belief and our own educational upbringing, Kapampángan is actually a language, and not just a dialect. To differentiate both, let’s first take a look at their definitions. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, a language is: The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of […]
Kapampángans are killing Kapampángans. Not by guns nor swords, nor weapons of any kind… but by linguicide. It’s easy to observe that Kapampángan parents have consciously decided not to teach the Kapampángan language to their children. You can see it in malls, public spaces, and homes, where parents talk fluently to each other in Kapampángan, […]
Are Kapampángans more Chinese than they think? With Kapampángans being the 7th largest ethnic group in the Philippines, you can expect a wide range of cultures and traditions from it’s population of almost 2 million people. We especially have strong cultural ties with the Chinese that the similarities, especially with our facial features, can be […]
Contrary to popular (and even educated) belief, lowland Philippine Christian groups do not share a uniformed culture. In fact, just a glance at a province’s architecture, particularly on residential homes, can tell a lot about the diversity and varying cultures of Filipinos living in the lowlands. From this, we can safely say that the concept […]
What does “Sálangí kó pû” really mean? The greeting culture of Kapampángans can vary from one town to another, as evidenced by the many Kapampángans dialects that they use. The fact that we have a very rich language and a word for almost all situations means that there is simply no generic “be all end […]
With globalization constantly on the rise and massive improvements on communication technology steadily blurring the lines between countries and cultures, how crucial is it for Kapampangans to learn this supposedly dying script?
During Halloween, it is believed that the veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead becomes thinner, thus allowing spirits to return to the physical plane. This might explain why we get a close-encounter with spirits during this time – and possibly the reason why we go trick-or-treating and […]