The “unpopular edition” Twitter trend has seen numerous users come out with hot takes on the pressing issues of today.
While the phrase ‘unpopular opinion’ usually connotes a willingness to express a hot new take at risk of public crucifixion, some have used the Twitter thread to proudly share little known facts and erase misconceptions about the provinces they hail from.
One user has tried to dispel the misconception that “Bisaya” is the only language spoken in the Visayas.
Capiz is in Visayas but we don't talk Bisaya; we speak Hiligaynon but with different tono from the Ilonggos and Negros ppl & I don't have any aswang friends bc wala pong aswang sa Capiz! https://t.co/SYAatyn2Oa
— j a m (@moisesjamc_) June 9, 2018
Hiligaynon is just among the languages apart from Bisaya spoken in the Western part of the Visayas, where Capiz can be found.
ILOILO IS NOT ILOCOS
WE HAVE CARS IN ILOILO
WE HAVE MALLS IN ILOILO
AND HILIGAYNON IS THE LANGUAGE, NOT ILONGGO
ILONGGO IS THE TAO
gets? Ok https://t.co/nuL6NW5o48
— Rigel (@rigelalmonte) June 9, 2018
One resident from Cebu proudly shared the comfort one experiences in his hometown.
Cebu is so great to live in tbh you've got decent not too crowded but very functional cities to live in, a beautiful countryside, beaches everywhere bc we're an island, and an extremely RICH history like… of all the little islands I could have been born in im glad its cebu https://t.co/0wvD2BLVyf
— 林佳示 (@jushbagoya) June 9, 2018
The beaches in Cebu province are known to rival those found in nearby Palawan and Boracay. This list of beaches in Cebu showcases the natural seaside elegance of its many islands.
In South Luzon, one Mindoreño meanwhile has spoken out against the common misconception that his home province is located further in the south than it actually is.
"Uy diba taga Mindoro ka?"
"Sa Mindanao na yung Mindoro diba?"
Luzon parin po yun ? sa baba lang po kami ng Batangas. https://t.co/IFZEnyCJQU
— Fourth (@Kiooopss) June 10, 2018
The island of Mindoro, divided into the provinces of Occidental Mindoro and Oriential Mindoro, is situated just north of the Islands of Palawan and Panay.
Mindoro, along with the provinces of Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan form the Southwestern Luzon region of MiMaRoPA, islands often mistakenly thought to be part of the Visayas region.
One user has called on the government of Camarines Norte to protect its emerging tourist hotspot.
idk if this counts pero Camarines Norte shouldnt let Calaguas be another victim of harsh ecotourism and careless maintenance ?♀️ https://t.co/BakOCqxOcb
— t ? m m y y y (@tommyzzle) June 10, 2018
Located just off the coast of Vinzons in Camarines Norte, the Calaguas Islands have been called “The Next Boracay” and “The Boracay of the East” by tourism blogs and outlets.
For some, the trend is the next step in the fight against provincial stereotypes.
Bisaya people are NOT the dumb, uncultured, ignorant people Manileños often portray us to be in media. https://t.co/iTLpCpWp20
— Alfonso Manalastas ?️? (@alfonsaurus_rex) June 10, 2018
Media portrayal of Bisaya speakers has been a concern over the years. In a 2013 article by Ethnic Group of the Philippines, a housewife originally from Mindanao recounts how television portrayal of Bisaya speakers pressured her to learn Tagalog and train herself to remove her accent.
A 2011 article by Binisaya.com discusses media stereotypes of Bisaya as being subservient to the Tagalog. It takes note of the use of the words ‘dodong’ and ‘inday’ to which the stereotype is attached.
As some have explained, ‘inday’ for one is actually a very intimate term of endearment used among girls.
I'll keep calling ppl Inday according to my own culture: a term of endearment regardless of your socioeconomic stature. Inday is not to be used for people you think are lower than you. It is for friends, family, even strangers you feel compassion for. Break that bisaya sterotype.
— Chai Fonacier (@rrrabidcat) June 9, 2018