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Batibot Should Be Back On Air!
Sunday, May 07, 2006


Captain's Log Supplemental Stardate -317347.71

Have you watched some local TV programs lately? Heard actors, news anchors, and commercial endorers, and even f*ckng priest and preachers speak in TAGLISH, wherein they mix English and Filipino in a sentence? Hmm... I've remembered my first lesson in College Filipino, mixing two different language in a sentence is bad. It's like destroying a language. I can't believe that the major TV networks allow these. And MTRCB and Language Commission isn't doing anything about it.

A few years ago, when I was young, taglish is almost non-exsistent. (Or maybe they exist but with no cable TV, internet, SMS, I may have not heard of it.) Thanks to programs like Batibot, most children during my childhood where educated properly.

Who could forget Kuya Bodjie, Ate Sienna, Kuya Ching, Pong Pagong, Kiko Matsing, Gingging and Ningning, Manang Bola, Kapitan Basa, etc.? Most of us grew up with them. We've watched them every 10am. Children nowadays don't even recognize Kuya Bodjie in one of McDonald's TV commercials. Batibot taught us to count and read in pure Tagalog or English. NO TAGLISH. We've learned to distinguish things, Batibot introduced us to our "kapitbahays", and many more.

Today, open your TV sets in the morning and a lot of telenovelas and talk show populate the airwaves. Sineskwela's gone to cable, where only "rich" kids could watch. Sesame street exists only on cable. Batibot is long dead. Less fortunate kids would have to settle for a daily dose Home Boy or slobbering mexicans on a mexican soap every morning. Poooor kids.

You can see them everywhere. Thousands roam the cyberspace. Mindless idiotic drones just posting comments or tag messages without even thinking. Some can be found here on my blog. People posting on my tagboard who thought that this was Toni Gonzaga's website. Others simply are astounded by simple elementary mathematics. Retz's readers had difficulty of analyzing a SIMPLE mathematical problem. Let's say you have 3 pupils, A, B, C with 12, 23, 44 as their scores respectively. To get the percentage of Pupil A, you must sum their grades up, which now total at 79. Divide Pupil A's score with the Total Score, then multiply the answer to 100. THAT'S PUPIL A's PERCENTAGE SCORE. Do the same with Pupil B and C. Which will be B = 29.11% and C = 55.70%. Now if pupil A dies (how morbid), and B and C remain, if B and C got 5 and 4 more votes respectively, we will now REDO the previous computations. Only B and C's scores will be summed. So it would be 76 total since B has gained 5 more while C got 4 more. Redo the computation and tada! You'll get the NEW percentage score. Damn stupid if you still can't get it.

Because of this, I'll be starting a campaign. I now demand that Batibot be brought back on air, not in the morning, but on primetime! All text contests should be based on Batibot's daily show. Speaking Taglish in public should be made a heinous crime.

I asked you now to wear this tshirt anywhere you go:

Everytime you wear this shirt, always do a thumbs up sign and smile like Sesame Street's Guy Smiley. And don't forget, take pictures and umm... just take pictures and post them wherever you like. If possible, do a cosplay. Wear Pong Pagong's costume and run around wild inside malls or parks while imitating Pong Pagong's cutesy giggle. Get monkey's for your pet and name them Kiko. If you caught an alien, call them "sitsiritsit alibangbang". REMEMBER, TAKE PICTURES.

In the future, I will also sell pins and magnets with the "IBALIK ANG BATIBOT.." logo.... blah blah yada yada.. hahahahaha! Dammit. I sound like one of those groups organizing a flash mob inside Starbucks. LOL!

I wonder what would you feel if you hear this line from Shaider years ago, "TIME SPACE WARP, NOW NA!"

"NOW NA" sounds stupid 20 yrs ago right? And still sounds stupid today. "NOW NA" MY ASS.


*Computer end log*

Posted by Jepoy @ 5/07/2006 09:58:00 PM
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Posted by Anonymous ade on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 3:27:00 AM GMT+8:  
I totally agree! I get those comments too (well, they don't mistake my site for a celebrity's though) and I am alarmed at how the average Filipinos' IQ is deteriorating. For the sake of the genetic pool, bring back Batibot!!!

Also, I wanna bring it back for the retro factor.

Posted by Blogger nepspeed82 on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 5:19:00 AM GMT+8:  
I agree with you only on the math part. I don't hold much contempt regarding the "taglish" most filipinos use. Actually, you might be getting it all wrong. Mixing two languages does not necessarily entail their destruction or corruption. Its actually forming a new kind of language that does not necessarily need to be attributed as bad or stupid. Historically, this is how languages around the world are formed; they undergo evolution, changes if you will. An example would be our national language compared to those of Malaysians and Indonesians. These languages contain similarities because they've rooted from one ancestral tounge. Through centuries, changes occured because of external and internal influences that are either interconnected among these regions or limited to their respective local settings.

Personally, I think people using taglish are more versatile speakers compared to those who speak in strict filipino or english. I know several people who talks taglish most of the time but they can also speak in both filipino and english properly and the content of their messages are usually rich enough, the topic is a lot broader in perspective unlike some traditional purist speaking politicians who only yaps and yaps but they only work around a single concept that grows boring the longer they expound on it.

Posted by Anonymous Lorenzo Makoy on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 5:28:00 AM GMT+8:  
Paano pa maibabalik ang Batibot kung wala na si Pong Pagong at Kiko Matsing?

Posted by Anonymous jong on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 3:00:00 PM GMT+8:  
ade, celebrity blogger ka na kasi! sikat ba?

yay batibot. Doon sa batibot tayo na tayo na! ibalik!

sa math, inexplain ko sa kanila.. sana tama. hehe

Posted by Anonymous smokers on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 3:57:00 PM GMT+8:  
don't forget mang teban...

true, quality programming must make it's comeback to the local television. true, there are nice programming on Knowledge Channel but not everyone has cable television, or is subscribed to Sky Cable.


Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 5:10:00 PM GMT+8:  

hahahaha... first time they manifested here was during the PBB scandal...


taglish speakers are well versatile? Umm maybe, but how about the poor children who're left unguided? Taglish will take us no where today. Remember the time when late night newscasts were in English? Now they;re converted to taglish since MOST filipinos today cannot understand english. Worse, they cannot speak straight english!

I'm an IT professional and I'm no language expert but this is the right time to re-polish our english and tagalog skills SEPARATELY. Philippines as the world's #3 english speaking country is now starting to become a myth.


Mayaman naman ang ABS-CBN at siguro kaya nila bilhin ang rights ni Pong Pagong at Kiko sa Sesame Street. Tsaka sana wag nila ibalik si Koko Kwik Kwak, mukhang basura eh. HAHAHA!

Posted by Blogger Impbuster on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 8:13:00 PM GMT+8:  
When was the last time local channels had a quality program? I forgot. That's why I have cable.

Locals "quality" programs are either:

- Showbiz (who the fuck cares about some celebrity's personal life?)
- "Reality" shows (yeah, right)
- Infomercials (the fucking horror)
- Anime like Dragonball Z (IT STOPPED BEING COOL 10 YEARS AGO, GET A CLUE)
- News that are either biased or lenient.
- Local/Foreign telenovelas (that's right, turn Filipinos into pansies... nice job assholes)
- "That's entertainment" clones
- PBA that is probably fixed
- Others that I forgot that are shit anyway


Oh yeah, if anyone will talk to me like they are in IRC/Friendster, I will kill you.

Posted by Blogger Siopao Master on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 10:16:00 PM GMT+8:  
taglish is the national language of the "jologs" community.

If you really love the future of your children, save them from being an idiot starting today

Posted by Blogger Karlo on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 11:36:00 PM GMT+8:  
why naman you make fun of diz pipol, they are cute and sexy naman ah, example mga assumptionista, mga miriams etc. HAHAHAHA!

Posted by Anonymous E.J. on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 10:54:00 AM GMT+8:  
Halina't magBatibot! =))

Posted by Blogger VemSan on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 12:08:00 PM GMT+8:  
why ba "taglish" is such an issue to you ha, jep? why ba? why?

why don't you just join them make tusok tusok the fishballs...hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous ade on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 4:36:00 PM GMT+8:  
@ jepoy's reply to me:

Grabe... people who couldn't be bothered to read what a blog/website is about shouldn't be let near a computer. Bring Batibot back!!!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 4:31:00 PM GMT+8:  
oo nga ibalik ang batibot, maski ang sesame street sa mainstream programming... think of the children... the children... pra pagmulat ng mata ng bata... nde puro kabaklaan ang madadatnan nila... atsaka acceptable pa na i-dub ung mga koreanovelas/chinovelas etc. dahil d tlga ntin naiintindihan... pro sa mga english series/movies/cartoons wag na nman sna nila i-dub, lalo tuloy humihina ang noypi youth e... quality programming in general should make a comeback... pro pwd na nila iwan c koko kwik kwak... ampanget e...

Posted by Anonymous ederic on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 9:58:00 AM GMT+8:  
Hmmm, magandang ideya ito. suportahan ta ka! ;)

Posted by Anonymous gallitos on Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:08:00 PM GMT+8:  

Hmm... I've just remembered my first lesson in College Filipino, mixing two different language in a sentence is bad. It's like destroying a language.

Languages are very complex entities. It is more than just an attempt to express a thought or idea in written or verbal form... It reflects the way a person thinks, the culture(s) he/she is influenced by and a myriad of other stuff. Because of this, no language can perfect capture our thoughts, it will always have its limitations. This is primarily due to the individuality of each person. Pay close attention to the following group of words:

Ibalik ang Batibot. Ngayon din!

Ibalik ang Batibot. Now na!

The semantics may be the same but the manner it is conveyed would have different effects to different individuals. Don't get me wrong... I admire people who are able to express themselves effectively using a single language (and without using actions, body language etc.). These are the people who are able to master their tools well... but your tools could only do so much... i mean u could use a wrench as a hammer for certain situations but never in a hundred years could u use it as a microphone --- that sounds too impractical but if it ever that happens, it won't be called as a wrench anymore... now this is where the evolution of a language comes in...

Evolution is a must for every language, otherwise it will eventually die like Latin and scores of other languages that we never heard of (coz they died!). The reason why it is a must deserves a thread of its own so I won't elaborate it here.

Bottomline is: as much as we hate Taglish (yes, I hate taglish too), there is no escaping from it. Is Taglish desctructive? It depends on a lot of things such as natural language limitations, the audience (yep, although you can actually express it in pure tagalog, it is sometimes better off stated in Taglish.), the atmosphere, etc.

By the way, who actually coined the term Taglish. Its usage in itself is an oxymoron to you blog entry.

Why are "blockquote" and "p" tags is not supported here? Arrrgh...

Posted by Blogger Mike Abundo on Monday, May 29, 2006 at 10:38:00 PM GMT+8:  
Just don't put a version of Cookie Monster in it. As you'll see at the end of this clip, he's a pottymouth.

Posted by Blogger zero voltage on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 6:28:00 PM GMT+8:  
Hwaw! So there actually is a movement ... :D

I do wish there is a way for Batibot to be resurrected. It is surely missed and needed ...

The tagalized sesame street certainly did it's damage after batibot was taken off the air. "T" for "makinilya" & "W" for "tubig", it taught ... WTF? No other "pinoy" children's show was better than this!

Better late than never! Ibalik ang Batibot !!! :D

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 10:48:00 PM GMT+8:  
kaka feature lang kanina sa "kapuso mo jessica soho" ung batibot.. gusto ko makakuha ng videos nila.. san ba ako mkakahanap nun? wala nko mkita na pde ipapanood sa inaanak ko.. puro barney..

Posted by Blogger BYT on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 12:54:00 PM GMT+8:  
Tama!! Ibalik ang BATIBOT!!
Pede kaya nating sulatan, kuhananin ang attention ng GMA-7 para ipalabas nila ang batibot. Hingi tayo tulong ka Jessica, sya naman nagfeature nun sa show nya di ba?
Mula nung napanood ko yung show nya about Batibot, hanap na ako ng hanap ng video na binebenta, nagustuhan kc ng anak ko unang kita pa lang c Pong Pagong.
Eto, araw-araw ako kinukulit bumili ng Batibot.
Magtulungan tayo mga kapanalig sa Batibot!!!

Posted by Anonymous mai on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 1:53:00 AM GMT+8:  
hi mga momi and dadi,ako din gusto kong mabalik ang batibot,at yung mga filipino educational show.sa mgayon nag hahanap din ako ng may kopya ang buong show nang batibot.sana meron sa mga parent ang may copya at mabait na ishare sa ating lahat na may gusto

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