Tuesday June 30, 2015


I’ve encountered this question in my film class several times: what language should we use for our Davao City-made films?

The question comes from the fact that Metro Davao is a melting pot of migrants from Luzon and Visayas. Of course, we want our dialogue to sound as natural as possible so English is definitely out of the question. But if we go for purely Bisaya, my students would argue that it doesn’t sound fitting if the characters are from the upper-class. Oops, I sense some prejudice there. Haha. And if we want to use purely Tagalog then it’s like admitting we’re ashamed of our own dialect. So in the end we usually face the last but obvious choice — Davao-Tagalog.

In this short teaser film by Davao’s very own comic film genius Shmek’m, they parody our beloved lingua franca in their own version of the blockbuster film “English Only Please” turning it into “Davao Tagalog Only Please”

So what do you think? Should Davao-made films set in the city use Davao-Tagalog? Write your comments below.

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3 comments on “Ano Man Talaga Uy?! What Language to use in Davao Films”

  1. Janoz says:

    Its the directors call on how he or she wants to convey their message. I love how Shmek’m did it.

  2. Chito says:

    It would be a great idea to make some films using Davao-Tagalog, but I think this won’t be appreciated (or understood) by people outside Davao. However, if the film producers are simply aiming to please the Davao market, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. :)

  3. Handsome Baian says:

    Hey, writer! Thanks for featuring the Davao Tagalog Only, Please video.

    For more videos from Shmekm, you can LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to these websites (PLEASE and THANK YOU in advance):



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