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Pidgin Spanish and Ms. Fee

mary helen fee, thomasites, spanish philippines “We had picked up the vernacular of the street carromate in Manila. This is simple. It consosts of the sigue, para, derecho, mano, and silla. For the benefit of such readers as do not understand pidgin Spanish, it may be explained that these words signify, respectively, “go on,” “stop,” […]

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Filipino Food Stuff and Memories

tag: a quick guide to filipino food and cooking, cris abiva  After doing my groceries I’d usually dropped by National Bookstore. I’ll look for discounted books which they’d normally sell at very low prices to clear their shelves for new titles. This morning I found a few good titles and I bought some. Surprising catch is this […]

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Friars as Filipino Historians

The Jesuit Fr. Jose Arcilla is one of my favorite historians to read. A Premio Zobel awardee, his body of work is directed at reinforcing the Filipinos consciousness of their Spanish past. For this, he’s labelled by the likes of F. Sionil Jose, as hispanista. There’s a long list of historians that wore the cassock […]

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THE THOMASITES AND SPANISH

tag: pio andrade jr., thomasites, spanish philippines THE THOMASITES AND SPANISH The Thomasites were the American teachers who staffed Philippine public schools during the early American period. They were so-called because most of them came to the country in the U.S.S. Thomas, a transport ship. The Thomasites taught English to Filipino students in the public […]

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Bamboo Spanish

tag: pio andrade jr, spanish philippines, thomasite,  philippine american war BAMBOO SPANISH   How did the American soldiers in the Philippine-American War manage to make themselves understood by the Filipinos in the absence of an interpreter? Answer: By speaking “Bamboo Spanish,” which was also called “Soldier’s Spanish”, or “Pack-Train Spanish.”  By far, Bamboo Spanish is […]

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