Not as sweet as you think

One of the challenges of being an Ilongga in a non-ilonggo speaking region is forcing myself not to be offended when people greet me with profanities in a forced ilonggo accent. And one of the most enduring mysteries I have ever encountered in life is how most people react when they are introduced to an Ilonggo.

In my experience, it doesn’t matter where you are and what background the person you are talking to came from, they mostly react the same way. The moment they find out what language you speak they respond with variations of, “So, Ilongga ka? Ay yudiputa, ka linti guid!” What baffles me is they usually do this proudly, like they are so proud to show us how good they are in cursing a person they just met. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe in a civilized society, this is considered rude. Imagine that you’ve only known that person and in less than five minutes you are already calling his mother a bitch. *insert slow clap here*

Hiligaynon is a sweet language.There is more to it than profanities. Our vocabulary is not limited to cursing, we are civilized people. Besides, cursing in hiligaynon doesn’t really give you the badass appeal you probably aim to acheive. Ilonggos are known for being sweet not because we really are but because of how we speak and how we sound when we speak.

I used to think that when people talk about how deceptive our accent is, it is nothing more than a stereotype. Having lived for sometime in a non-ilonggo speaking region and being exposed to different accents, I realized how true this is. Hiligaynon and the Ilonggo accent really do sound sweet. When we speak in our language, we sound so non-threatening even when we are angry.

Don’t take this as a permission to offend us though. We may sound sweet but we are still very much capable of hitting you in the face when it calls for it.

If you really want to learn the language, do it with respect. Don’t make fun of the accent and stop using words you don’t understand. Greeting us with profanities doesn’t impress us. You only succeed in showing us how rude you are.

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*I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. Proofreading via mobile is a challenge for me.*

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