Toy Convention 2015 : Asia’s Biggest Pop Culture and Toy Event

TOYCON Philippines 2015: The Country’s biggest pop-culture event celebrates its 14th Year with its theme ”  Battlefields of Play” .
The annual toy convention is iconic and is  considered by many industry’s experts and visitor’s as  Asia’s biggest and longest running convention for toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything and everything related to hobbies and collections .
Organizers are expecting that at least 20,000 to 50,000 visitors from all walks of life and ages will troop to the 3- day event.  The progress for this annual convention is phenomenal with several related activities such as cosplays, toy auction and new toy launching.
a 2-day Media launching was recently hosted by Newport Mall last May 30 and 31, 2015 which attracted record crowds and invited guests.
Those of us who grew up in the pre-social media era or even the pre-electronic gaming age remember a time when “Play” was associated with the outdoors.  We fondly remember halcyon days of setting up toy soldiers in the hilly terrain of our own backyard or lining up our Star Wars action figures to go into battle with our He-Man toys in the wonderland of our childhood bedroom.
Those were the days, when our imagination knew no limits and the fantasy characters of comics, cartoons and movies were our genuine playmates; ready to defend and protect us, by the Power of Greyskull or by the all-encompassing Force, forging into battle with the evil hordes of Cobra, the Legion of Doom or armies of Decepticons.
This year’s TOYCON highlights the World of DC Comics with its colorful characters upholding justice with a grand exhibit from Pacific Licensing.  Also get a chance to own cool licensed DC Hoodies from the Authority Hoodie.
Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service launches in the Philippines, as IFLIX explodes into the pop-culture landscape of the country during the Philippine ToyCon, with unlimited access to its line-up of the most awesome and iconic movies and TV series.  With trial memberships now open, everyone is free to explore and enjoy the vast range of content on iflix.com.
Walt Disney Pictures brings in the wonder of Star Wars with its new line of merchandise from the original film saga and the new Star Wars Rebels series.  And also, get into the world of the smallest superhero with Marvel’s Antman interactive exhibit.
Also catch future and fantasy fever as Universal Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World launches in ToyCon with an eye-popping display of the movie’s cinematic artwork and line of collectors’ toys.
Other movie highlights are the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan from Pioneer Films and Doraemon: Stand By Me the Movie in 3D.  Catch Doraemon and friends live at the ToyCon stage!
The TOYCON also gives you its biggest battlefield of toys with exhibits from the local toy clubs:Pinoy Lego users Group exhibit, Planet Krypton, Funko Funatic Philippines, the Coca-Cola Collectibles exhibit, One Sixth Republic and Pinoy Sixth Scale collectors exhibit and the awesome Toycon Gallery exhibit area which showcases the best of the local toy group community.
The TOYCON also features the biggest in Cosplay with the TOYCON’s own Cosplay Universe unleashing a barrage of individual and group cosplayers led by Asia’s Cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao.   Also catch the Star Wars 501st Philippine Outpost parade its new troopers and droids from a galaxy far, far away.
Revel in opening night festivities with a series of ToyCon Pop Quiz competitions and get your fill of local and foreign comic book artists in the Artist Alley set up by Flipgeeks and Komikon.
And off course, TOYCON would not be complete without the biggest dealer floor of all pop culture merchandise in terms of apparel, collectibles and memorabilia, graphic novels and comics, cosplay paraphernalia, and toys, toys, TOYS!
So let loose the child in you once again by getting ready for war in new battlefields of play!
The Philippine TOYCON 2015 will then be held on June 19-21, 2015 at the Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megatrade SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.  Toy convention opens from 10:00AM to 9:00PM
 Media Partners includes ABS-CBN channel 2 , HERO, 99.5 Play FM, 103.5 K-Lite, Malaya Business Insight, MTV Pinoy and FHM.
Event Partners includes  Anime Alliance, FlipGeeks, Komikon, Resorts World,Resorts World Manila and Medium 3.
This is co-presented by the Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies- Collective, Inc., IFLIX, and World of DC. It’s sponsored by MaxiCollector, Authority Hoodie, Pacific Licensing, Toy Empire, Walt Disney Studios, Toy Kingdom, Warner Brother Pictures, Warner TV and Toonami.
Also supported by Great Toys Online, Bruder Toys, the Gaming Library, OISHI, PLDT Home DSL and PLDT Home Telpad, Sphero, Big Boys Toy store, Transfer It, Lynelle House of Fashion, Kramer Toy Warden.com, Universal Pictures and Pioneer Films.
For those who are attending the event ,Tickets are now on sale at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com) til June 18.
For more information on schedule of activities and event details please visit:
Tickets are also available at the event gate on June 19-21, 2015
Note: For those who wanted to avoid long queues during the 3-day exposition, Try to buy tickets before visiting the site.
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Filipino Shadow Play El Gamma Penumbra Group Wins the Asia’s Got Talent

Quezon City , Philippines Filipino shadow play dance group El Gamma Penumbra from the Philippines won the first season pan-regional reality show Asia’s Got Talent. The talent show are being broadcast all over Asia .

Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finals Opening Number

The popular dance group beat out fellow Filipino contestants Gerphil Flores, Junior New System, and Gwyneth Dorado, as well as Thai rock group The Talento, Chinese acrobats Gao Lin and Liu Xin, tap dance group Dance Thrilogy, Mongolian musical ensemble Khusugtun, and Japanese dance troupe Triqstar.

The results somewhat leaked several hours before the final night when some netizens who watched the pre-taped edition in Singapore before the show ( It was broadcast around 8:05pm Malaysia/ Singapore / Manila /HK/ Taipei  time)  began posting them in their twitter accounts , facebook pages and forum sites. Among the forum and websites like Pinoy Exchange forum , Pinoy DVD , Starmometer, Dailypedia and the official facebook page of AGT were at buzz over the winners.

When AGT audition was held in the Philippines last year, There were thousands who auditioned , making the country – one of the hotspots for the talent search. Aside from the large following on social media sites like facebook, twitter by Filipino fans.

trending hashtag in twitter

Infographics by Facebook ( most talked AGT participants)

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube ( El Gamma Penumbra- May 7 Finals )

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube ( Gerphil Geraldine -Flores  May 7 Finals )

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube ( Junior New System ( American – May 7 finals)

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube (Ms. Gwyneth Dorado – Titanium  May 7 finals)

Based on the number of viewers at the official Asia’s Got Talent uploads , El Gamma Penumbra got over 2 million views followed by Gerphil Geraldine Flores with over 1,400,000 views.

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube (Gao Lin and Liu Xin ) with 280,000 plus views

Early favorite acrobat duo Mr. Gao Lin and Ms. Liu Xin from China was not included in the top 6.   There  was no sms voting in mainland China (although Hong Kong is included)  AXN is not shown in China.  Internet is very restrictive and social media sites like Facebook does not counts votes coming from China. Although I think there are large following by these group from ROC – Taiwan and overseas Chinese .  Some netizens especially those who followed the acrobat duo in their journey saw that their semi-final and final night presentations were somewhat bland compared to their audition video and some even compared their performance to another talent competition in Europe.

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube ( Khusugtun ) with 230,000 plus views

A big surprise for the finals is the Khusugtun band which hails from Mongolia. I saw their you tube uploads and the group had a good following not only in Mongolia but throughout the far east side of Asia in countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Turkmenistan , Inner Mongolia ( China ) all the way throughout far east Russia. They group had done some concert in Europe.  I was thinking that it would be 1,2,3 Public Vote in favor for El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Geraldine Flores and Junior New System .  This is based on my observation from how the social media people react , facebook and you tube views. But somehow , They got some following from these largely untapped areas of Asia.

Asia’s Got Talent AXN official you tube ( Talento -May 7 finals) 126,000 plus views

Another BIG surprise of the night was the Talento boy group from Thailand. I must say  they have been very active in social media and sms voting .  I was thinking that it could be the 2 Chinese acrobats or Triqstar can make it.

The winner is determined by public vote, where audience members and viewers at home in Asia can vote for their favorites via SMS, Facebook, or on the show’s official app. The voting closed on Monday, May 11, at 11:59pm.

The winner of Asia’s Got Talent will receive a cash prize of US$100,000 and a chance to perform at the Marina Bay Sands. It was revealed that Asia’s Got Talent will have season 2  .  Congratulations to the Winners!

Miss Universe 2013 is Ms. Venezuela while Ms. Ariella Arida landed third-runner -up

Moscow, Russia

Miss Universe 2013- Venezuela

Miss Venezuela – Ms.  Gabriela Iser

Miss Universe 2012, Ms. Olivia Cuplo crowned Ms. Gabriela Isler at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast, viewed by an estimated 1 billion people from 190 countries.

Isler beat out contestants from 85 other countries at the 62nd annual competition to nab the crown for Venezuela, the country’s seventh Miss Universe title.

Miss Universe 2013

Ms. Gabriela Isler

The 25-year-old, 5-foot, 10-inch beauty works as an anchor for Venezuela’s Venevision television- Venezuela’s biggest television station . Her experience is likely to come in handy during her one-year stint as Miss Universe.

The new Miss Universe was selected by a panel of eight judges including celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, gold medal figure skater Ms. Tara Lipinski and Aerosmith frontman  Steven Tyler , who pulled double duty with a performance during the show.

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and “America’s Got Talent” alum and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown  served as co-hosts.

The coronation night began on a sad but heartwarming note when Roberts and his co-host Mel B announced that the 2013 Miss Universe pageant was dedicated to the Philippines and Vietnam because of the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Miss Universe top 16

Then the Top 16 was announced:

  • Costa Rica: Fabiana Granados
  • Ukraine: Olga Storozhenko
  • China: Jin Ye
  • Ecuador: Constanza Baez
  • Great Britain: Amy Willerton
  • Indonesia: Whulandary
  • Venezuela: Gabriela Isler
  • Dominican Republic: Yaritza Reyes
  • Puerto Rico: Monic Perez
  • Spain: Patricia Yurena Rodriguez
  • USA: Erin Brady
  • Nicaragua: Nastassja Bolivar
  • Switzerland: Dominique Rinderknecht
  • India: Manasi Moghe
  • Brazil: Jakelyne Oliveira
  • Philippines: Ariella Arida

 The announcement of the final slot  was nerve-wracking  and tension filled memory  for Filipinos around the world , being called the last .  According to the host , She won the MU online voting which worried some; it was like the kiss of death, because it meant that the winner won by popularity and not her own merit.

BUT,  Since Miss Universe is a show and to create suspense and drama – They might have called Miss Philippines , last on stage .

According to several missosologists and Filipinos in Russia, There were about 700 to 750 Filipinos at the Crocus Hall during the pageant finals.

FAN VOTE

I am not surprise with Miss Philippines getting the ” Fan Vote ”  of the Miss Universe 2013 pageant .  In this  social media age,  where almost 33 million Filipinos in the Philippines are hook on different social media networks like facebook, twitter, instagram, four square etc.

Plus,   there is also a large support group from overseas Filipinos in different countries  . Cheering for their country and their candidates in any way that they can .  You Tube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIm6YHcSDiU

Philippines is considered a voting BLOCK in the world of pageantry. BUT i must say it is not only Filipinos who voted for Ms. Ariella Arida but also expats and foreigners from around the world. Proving skeptics that Filipinos are among the most beautiful people in the globe.

Miss Universe candidates 1996

Miss Philippines -Aileen ” Leng ” Damiles group picture with Miss Thailand and Miss Indonesia- photo courtesy : Miss Universe 1996

If I can remember , when the selection of the ” Miss Photogenic” was done via internet  at the Miss Universe 1996 pageant was introduced  .  Miss Philippines – Ms. Aileen ” Leng” Damiles consistently top the voting sites.  Same story goes in 1997 .

Miss Universe -Philippines 1997

Miss Abbygale Williamson-Arenas also won Miss Photogenic via fan vote

Denise Quinones

Ms. Denise Quinones – Miss Universe 2001 won Miss Photogenic award via online voting

Internet voting was halted by the organization for a few years then resuming back in 2001 when Puerto Rico stepped  into the limelight with national voting marathons organized to give support to their candidates  . Same story goes in 2002, 2003 then 2004.

Ms. Lia Andrea Ramos

Miss Lia Andrea Ramos won Miss Photogenic at the Miss Universe 2006

Philippines again won ” Miss Photogenic” award in 2005, 2006 and 2007 proving that pageant fans from the Philippines  played a very active role with the selection.  Some pageant aficionados would quick in defending their votes, ” Kesa umuwing luhaan  ang ating kandidata at least may pakonsuelo “.

“Instead of our candidates  would go  home empty handed at there  is some sort of consolation . ”

BUT active fan voting is not  the sole monopoly to the Philippines.

Miss  Universe- Portugal 2011

 Miss Portugal-  Laura Goncalves ( Fan Vote  ) Miss Universe 2011- Top 10 semi-finalist

Latin American and Carribean  countries like Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia , Peru, Ecuador, Brazil , Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic  are also major voters ! Hence in 2011 – When Miss Portugal  was called as semi-finalist on the top- 16 thru internet voting , some pageant gurus  were shocked with the results !  BUT they did not know that it was thru the help of the Brazilians and Latin American countries which campaigned for her inclusion.

Teresa Luy Licaros

Ms. Anna Theresa Luy Licaros photo courtesy : Miss Universe

Emerging Asian voting block includes Thailand . Their candidates are winners of fan base, Best National Costume  in 2008 , Miss Photogenic 2009,  Miss Photogenic and Best National Costume 2010- winner of 4  fan base internet voting.  Vietnam, India, Indonesia , China and now Myanmar were not far behind.

Miss Thailand Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

Fonthip Watcharatrakul

2010 Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Thailand 2010 – winner of ” Best in National Costume”  and ” Miss Photogenic” via online voting

Some netizens  and beauty pageant experts sometimes nickname the fan base vote as ” Miss Votedgenic ” or ” Puertogenic “,” Pinaygenic” and ” Thailandgenic”  the last three are names of the country of origin ( Puerto Rico ), ( Pinay is a colloquial term for Filipino women),   ( Thailand) with huge internet voting fan base.

What makes the Filipinos at par with the Latin American countries? Filipinos love pageants, some of the oldest known national pageant dates back in 1908 ( Manila Carnival Queen ) See the link:   http://manilacarnivals.blogspot.com/

Almost any type of pageant just like its Latin counterparts , There are pageants in almost every barangays, barrios, sitos, schools, universities etc…  A fiesta is never complete without pageant.

What makes Filipinos different with the Latin American countries? Unlike some Latin American countries which have some sort of beauty schools and radical views on beauty like cosmetic surgeries etc…. Majority of the Filipinos still regard pageants as past time and still prefers natural beauties.  This is a long debate.

Shocking Surprises:

Early favorites like Miss Poland, Miss Israel, Miss Mexico , Miss Hungary , Miss Curacao and hometown bet Miss Russia failed to make it.  Some say Mr. Donald Trump had an upper hand with the selection of ” Trump’s Bet”, ” Trump’s Pick”  or ” Trump’s Angels”  to enter in the finals.  Some say there were 6 of them, while some place them at 8. – As they always say, not all front -runners will make  it to the finals!

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Ms. Ariella Arida casual wear during the introduction -photo courtesy of : Miss Universe

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Ms. Ariella Arida – swimsuit during the finals

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Ms. Ariella Arida during the evening gown finals

Top 5 finalist

Miss Universe top-5

Miss Universe top 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e4DfQjMPp0

Question and Answer:

 Ecuador came first and was asked what she thought the world would be without the Internet. Her response about computers having [their] advantages and disadvantages and not having enough time for family [seemed] somewhat related, but she did not directly answer the question.

Brazil followed and was asked a question about women in countries who are not allowed to vote, hold elected office and even drive. Jackelyne noted that even if women have achieved independence [today], there are still problems. She referred to her country where the president is currently a woman. Perhaps Brazil could have answered this better?

Spain was next and her question was political. What more could be done for more women to be elected to public office? With the help of a translator, Patricia answered in Spanish saying that women “must possess good qualities in order to do a good job — discipline, knowing how to adapt…so she can fulfill her job.” Spain seemed almost assured of the crown with this answer.

The Philippines was asked about what could be done about the lack of jobs for young people who are starting their careers around world. Ariella’s answer:

“For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education. And that is my primary advocacy, because if every one of us is educated and we‘re well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and could land good careers in the future. So, education is a primary source and it is a ticket for a better future,” she replied.

Arida was the only contestant from the final five who replied in English. The rest of the Spanish-speaking contestants needed their respective translators to convey their answers.

Venezuela was the last to answer: “What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?” She said in her native language, “We must overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge.”

Although she said it well, Gabriela took a different approach to the question by answering obliquely.

Note: I think it is not the final question and answer portion that made Miss Venezuela won the pageant, It was the overall performance and the judges impression that made her win.  Just like last year when Miss Venezuela was over-rated at 2nd runner-up and even Miss USA which eventually got the crown.

Miss World 2013 is Megan Young from the Philippines !

Manila -Philippines
L-R Miss France ( first princess )  , Miss Philippines ( Miss World 2013) and Miss Ghana ( second princess) photo from AFF
Miss Megan  Lynne Young was crowned a few hours ago as the new Miss World 2013 .
Miss Young  been appearing on screen since the age of 15, starring in films, TV shows, and as a presenter. Megan has ambitions of moving behind the camera in the future, taking the role of director after gaining experience and finishing her qualifications,” it notes.
She also apparently enjoys video games and Harry Potter.Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/09/27/2714291/miss-world-2013-winner-revealed.html#storylink=cpy
She bested 126 candidates from all over the globe earning for the Philippines, at the awarding ceremony in Bali, Indonesia Saturday night, a first in Miss World pageant history: a candidate from the Philippines has bagged the title.
Young accepted the Miss World crown from 2012 after being declared the winner of this year’s contest.
Screen grabs from RCTI -Miss World Top 6 Finalist
“Amazing scenes here in Bali, Megan is overcome with emotions as a tear rolls down her cheek, promising to ‘Be the best Miss World Ever’!” the Miss World official Twitter account said.
She also waved to the crowd at the start of “Miss World Philippines’ Year,”
Miss France Marine Lorphelin was second while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter was third.
  The Question : “Why should you be Miss World?” with: “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do.”
“I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other… as one, we can help society,”  she lamented .
Ms. Megan Young led the list of 10- semifinalists, who included contestants from Brazil, Australia, France, Nepal, England, Indonesia, Spain, Jamaica, and Ghana. The top 20 was first announced before it was narrowed to top 10.

Young, Lorphelin, and Shooter were joined in the final round by Brazil’s Sancler Frantz Konzen; Spain’s Elena Ibarbia Jimenez; and Gibraltar’s Maroua Kharbouch.

Miss Gibraltar joined the five finalists after she was declared the People’s Choice.
Hours before the contest, Young had indicated she was excited about the coronation night.   The show was hosted by Mr. World 2010 Mr. Kamal Ibrahim and British singer and media celebrity Ms. Myleen Klass.
Philippines on top of the leader board screen capture :  RCTI
Urban Legends
Miss Evangeline Pascual – Miss Republic of the Philippines 1973 photo: from magazine
Some pageant historians will also trace some issues back to 1973 when Ms. Evangeline Pascual refusal to take the title after the winner was dethrone.  On the 8th of March, 1974, Ms. Wallace was dethroned because of her penchant to date famous men, which included tennis star Mr. Jimmy Connors and singer Tom Jones.cause some stir with then Mr. Eric Morley the organizer of Miss World.
The beauty queen goes down in history as the first-ever Filipina to win Miss World—breaking a popular urban legend that no Filipina will ever win the title. Another popular urban legend , Allegedly made in 1977 when Ms. Anna Melissa OfiladaPeachy “ Veneracion made the curse after she was forced to withdraw from the pageant at the time.
Ms.  Anna Melissa Ofilada Veneracion ( Photo from Missosology)
In 1976 Ms.  Josephine Salazar Conde and 1977 Ms.  Anna Melissa Ofilada Veneracion ( a heavy favorite to win the title)  representatives of the Philippines attended the initial stages of the pageant but forced to withdrew towards the finals due to the apartheid issues .
Philippines franchise holders of Miss World
The local  pageant franchise had changed hands several times from 1966 College Editors Guild of the Philippines., In 1967 the local franchise was chosen by PIFO ( Philippine International Friendship Organization ),  In 1968 by Beauty World Ltd. , then Mr.  Ferdie Villar of Spotlight Promotions took the franchise- renaming the local title Miss Republic of the Philippines  from 1969 to 1976 ,  Mutya ng Pilipinas from 1977 to 1991, Binibining Pilipinas  (Madam  Stella Marquez de Araneta ) 1992 to 2010 and Ms. Cory Quirino’s CQ Global Quest Inc.  in 2011 up to present.
Philippines Record at Miss World
Miss Philippines – Cecilia Amabuyok ( 4th runner-up ) Miss Israel -Miri Zamir (2nd) Miss Australia -Penelope Plummer  ( Miss World 1968) United Kingdom- Ms.Kathleen Winstanley ( 1st runner -up ) Colombia – Beatriz Sierra Gonzalez ( 3rd runner-up
Photo from Veestarz
The Philippines started  sending representing candidates in 1966.  In 1968 , Ms. Arene Cecilia Anas Amabuyok won 4th runner-up, 1970 Ms. Minerva Manalo Cagatao ended as top 15 semi-finalist ,  1972 Ms. Evangeline Rosales Reyes ended as top 15 semi-finalist , 1973 Ms. Evageline Pascual -1st runner-up.
1982 Ms.Sarah Jane Coronel Areza ended as top 15 semi- finalist and Queen of Asia, Ms. Sherry Rose Austria Byrne ended as top 15 semi-finalist and Queen of Asia.  1993 Ms.  Sharmaine ” Ruffa ” Gutierrez won 2nd princess and Queen of Asia and Oceania, 1994 Ms. Carolina Subijano- top 10 semi-finalist .
Ms. Katherine  Anne Manalo  ( screen capture from Star World)
2002  Ms. Katherine Anne Manalo- Top 10 finalist , 2003 Ms. Maria Rafaela Yunon – top 5 finalist. In 2004 Ms. Maria Karla Rabanal Bautista is top 5 finalist and
Queen of Asia and Oceania , 2005 Ms. Carlene  Ang- Aguilar was a  semifinalist .
Miss Maria Rafaela -Yunon
Ms. World 2004 top 5 finalists
   Binibining Pilipinas -World representatives from 2002 to 2005 got the most sms fan  world-wide votes ! Ms. Katherine Anne Manalo got more than 30% of all the total votes cast.
2011 Gwendoline Galle Ramos- Ruais  – won first runner-up , Miss  Queen of Asia and Oceania , 2012   Ms. Queenierich Ajero Rehman was  top 15- semi-finalist .
Miss Daisy Reyes – Miss World 1996 ” Miss Personality”- screen capture
Special Award was given to Ms. Onelia Ison  Jose -1970″ Best National Costume”  Ms. Louvette Monzon Hammond 1977 ” Miss Talent ” , Ms. Daisy Reyes  1996 Miss World -” Miss Personality ” .
Sources:
Missosology.org: http://missosology.org/
Binibining Pilipinas : http://www.bbpilipinas.com/

Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino change name of Pilipinas to Filipinas

Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino , 1610 Jose P. Laurel street, San Miguel , Manila -Philippines

The Commission for the Filipino language  issued a board resolution  dated April 12, 2013 .

Board Resolution 13-9 series 0f 2013 :

http://www.kwf.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/Resolution-13-19.pdf

This is to “promote the country’s official and modern name which reflects its history and development as a nation,” added the document, which is making rounds in social media nearly a month before Buwan ng Wika in August.

Telegrafos 2 -centavo stamp( Filipinas)

Telegraph stamp issued during Emilio Aguinaldo regime

The resolution also urges that the name “Filipinas” be gradually introduced into seals, letterheads, notes and other official documents.

Pilipinas sign

Firms and institutions using the name “Pilipinas” will also be encouraged to spell it as “Filipinas” instead.

Philippine islands- United States of America stamp issued in 1934- 4 peso demonimation showing the seal of Manila

The KWF noted, however, that the change will not be mandatory, especially for entities established before the letter “F” has been introduced in the Filipino alphabet.

It added, however, that all organizations that will be created after the implementation of the resolution, should carry the name “Filipinas.”

Adding context to the resolution, the KWF in its website linked the new policy to a piece by its chairman, National Artist Virgilio Almario.

Netizens shocked by the Board Resolution

Most of the netizens , social media people and ordinary Filipinos were shocked by the board resolution reverting back the name Pilipinas to Filipinas . Filipinas is the country’s  name used during the Spanish period in reference to King Philip 2 of Spain and Philippine islands during the American regime until the early republic.

Lope K. Santos ( Pilipinas )

Lope K. Santos ( September 25, 1879 – May 1, 1963) – pioneered the Filipino grammar and orthography . He was featured in Philippine stamp on April 26, 1978 definitive issue

F in the Filipino alphabet

“Previously there was no letter “f” in our alphabet, hence the use of Pilipinas. So ngayon, dahil 28 letters na rin ho ‘yung ating alpabeto, kasama ‘yung letter ‘ñ ‘and ‘ng,’ at may ‘f’ na rin, ini-encourage nila, binabalik na nila ‘yung paggamit ng ‘Filipinas,’”  , noting the change in the spelling would be implemented slowly in Philippine stamps, letterheads, notepads and other instrumentalities.

Additional Expenses

Most of the netizens and ordinary people said that the change from Pilipinas to Filipinas would entail a lot of additional expenses like changing the company letterheads ,  signage and doing transactions with the outside world.  The central bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) and the national state university (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas). Due to the cost needed to comply with the resolution, the commission suggests a gradual transition—use up all letterheads and notepads bearing the “Pilipinas” mark and order new batches reflecting the change.

Filipinos are already accustomed to the word ” Philippines” when they are referring to the country ( English speakers) , Pilipinas for (Filipino speakers )and Filipinas ( Spanish speakers)  . I hope that the habit of changing the country’s name will be the last one.  Otherwise , we expect another change in about 50 years-time ? Just like the vanishing street names of Manila- Do you still remember Gastambide, Lepanto , Morayta, Isaac Peral , Oriente, Condesa

For comments and suggestions :

Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino

Address: Ika-2 Palapag, Gusaling Watson, 1610 Kalye J. P. Laurel, San Miguel, Lungsod ng Maynila 1005

Telephone numbers . (632) 73-625/24 736-2519 708-6972 fax 516-0347

Email: komfil.gov@gmail.com o i-click para sa inyong mensahe

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Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino: http://www.kwf.gov.ph/