Presently, the Philippines have two official languages, English and Tagalog. English is commonly used in the Business and Academic institutions all over the archipelago, while Tagalog can be heard practically in the entertainment and news on national television. Tagalog is widely spoken in the northern part (Luzon) of the country.
The following are the basis I gathered on why I personally push for English to be the lone official language of the Philippines.
1. Envy and Strife. The Cebuano speaking Filipinos once clamored for replacing Tagalog with Cebuano as the official language since the Cebuano dialect (Visayan) is predominantly spoken in the Philippines particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao (middle and southern part). The tagalogs raised their eyebrows, they didn’t like the idea.
In my opinion, this would only create more divisiveness in this already divisive country.
Tagalog is spoken by a distinct ethnic group, one should accept the possibility that another ethnic group would become envious and in one way or another could create strife. There are about 150 languages or dialects in the Philippines.
To be fair, no local dialect should be installed as the official language.
2. Discrimination. The Tagalog dialect under the then Pres. Manuel L. Quezon became the Philippines’ official language in December 31, 1937 . As Manila, the capital of the Philippines progressed and so is the discrimination against the people from the provinces who can’t mimic the accent of the Manila Tagalog. Discriminatory jokes can be heard on TV, radio, movies, in the schools, inside the office and just around the corner. Unconsciously, one is regarded as a second class citizen if she or he cannot speak like a Manilan does.
3. Globalization. Globalization is inevitable. No sweat and tears, no bombs and guns can prevent it from taking off. A global community needs a unifying language and English has been the accepted unifying language for many years and rightly so in the coming years.
4. Economic Development. The proliferation of call centers and consequentially the need for English speaking agents also increases. Being hired would be a walk in the park if English becomes the common language for the Filipinos. This is good for the economy without a doubt. A country to fast track its development should embrace English. Business transactions can come in handy.
In the end, this is just an opinion posted by a cute guy who maintains Gwapito.com (cute for spanish)