August is the Philippines’ Language Month. It is but so fitting that in this month the movie Bourne Legacy was shown in cinemas worldwide. It is so apt because there were a lot of times when the Filipino-Tagalog language was uttered in the said movie.
In one scene female lead star Rachel Weisz was being advised by a Tagalog-speaking pharmacist-vendor about the medicines she is buying. Rachel responded and looks as if she understood. And since a lot of scenes were depicted and shot in Manila it is but inevitable to hear Tagalog spoken from the background. There was one scene that I laughed out hard since the cursing in Filipino was smacking solid!
And of course, aside from enjoying a witty yet action-packed movie, I was delighted at the end part of the film when the lead star Jeremy Renner spoke one Tagalog word. He uttered “salamat” when he thanked the son of a boatman who helped them escape from their foes by sailing away from Manila and heads for Palawan.
Hearing the Filipino-Tagalog language spoken in an international hit Hollywood movie during the Language Month is quite refreshing. Because in the last Hollywood film which I saw where Tagalog language was spoken, my native tongue is being uttered by the devil.
It was in the movie entitled Constantine starring Keanu Reeves. In the first scene of the movie, a lady was being possessed by the devil and while being on a mad trace she threats and curses in Tagalog. I can still clearly recall the young kid watching in front of me seated with his dad inside the cinema became so upset and distressed telling his father in a very dreary tone that the devil is a Filipino.
He said, “Ay Papa, ba’t ganun? Ang demonyo pala ay Filipino.” (Translation: “Hey Papa, why is it like that? The devil is a Filipino.) He cried, hugged his dad and turned traumatized because I guess he realized that the spoken language in hell is Tagalog. Hahaha! Good thing though, Constantine was not shown in the month of August, otherwise, I would be insulted.
Salamat Jeremy, salamat Rachel pero no tenks kay Keyanu at sa demonyu.