filipino for filipinos

10/26/04 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ederic Eder, founding editor of youth e-zine and a GMA Network researcher, brought up a very good point when he e-mailed me earlier today, asking if YOU accepts submissions written in Filipino, particularly for Youngblood Online.

Like I told him, it hasn’t been done yet in the print edition of Youngblood, but I don’t see why we shouldn’t for the online edition. After all, I’ve been using Filipino poetry submitted to YOU Expressions, such as this one.

So why not encourage more young Filipinos to write well in Filipino and provide another online venue for these articles? I would also appreciate this as a writer hoping to hone my skills in Filipino — I can write in Filipino, but I’m just not as confident in it and my efforts somehow turn out sounding melodramatic.

Nakakahiya nga, napakapurol na ng aking kakayahang magsulat sa Filipino, gayong tubong Bulacan ang aking mga ninuno. Kaya sinabi ko nga kay Ederic, pagpasensiyahan na rin niya ako dahil mangangapa muna ako sa simula sa pagbabasa ng mga sanaysay niya at ng mga iba pang magpapadala.

But, yeah, let’s at least make the effort to be better writers in Filipino. And give more young writers the incentive to excel in the language we call our own.

So send those articles in Filipino (800 to 1, 200 words) as an RTF attachment or text incorporated in the e-mail to We’re still not offering contributor’s fees, but hey, it’s your chance to share your message with a worldwide audience and see your byline on


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