According to Wikipedia, the main language is called Filipino now, but there's an interesting history of how it has been renamed and developed through recent years. I gather that present-day "Filipino" is mostly Tagalog, a predominant language of the islands, but with vocabulary added from other languages. In other words, there is such a language as Filipino, apparently.
I was interested to read that there are over a hundred regional languages spoken in the country, which should probably not be surprising in a nation of so many islands spread across a large area. The oriiginal non-Asian colonizer was Spain, and Spanish has been a lingua franca of the country through the years.
English is also listed as an official language, so it might not matter for day-to-day life if Melissa speaks only English. It's been my experience that people from the Philippines who come here speak English fluently on arrival.
I have no idea how Melissa behaved when she went over there, but if she'd been able to act tactfully, she could have positioned herself as tremendously useful to the Filipino skating movement, helping them to gain more spots for international competition. There must be such frustration on both sides. After all, Melissa gave up her American eligibility in hopes to get to more international competitions, and the skating federation of the Philippines must have seen their future walking through the door when she arrived--but neither outcome has come to pass yet.
"I understand the president's position and hope he will reconsider. I deeply regret my tweets, which, while it is no excuse, were the result of extreme heartache and disappointment, and have taken them down. It was hard for me to keep perspective at that time, but I do respect the federation. I hope the president will allow me to skate at Nationals and trust that I will comport myself differently in the future."
In my opinion, Melissa had every right to speak up if she felt the federation wronged her. My only issue with her is throwing shade at the other competitor (not cool). She could have said she disagrees with her federation sending some else, but she went off on the other girl and was even happy when she failed to qualify for a spot (bad sportsmanship).
However, people are not putting enough blame of the Federation, I am sorry if Melissa is your national champion, how do justify sending someone else to qualify for the Olympics.
In this situation, both sides are showing lack of professionalism!!
By the way, she is human and she gave a human reaction.
This happened to Victoria Muniz too. She represented Puerto Rico and the federation did not invest or push her career like she wanted and she left and was very upset at the federation. I think two things can happen: this girls make the decision of representing a small federation in the hopes of attending more international competitions, however, in the case of Victoria Muniz, she had to deal with the fact that Puerto Rico does not have interest in the sport and wont spend a lot of money promoting it.
In the case of Melissa, the federation decided to give the opportunity to another competitor, I guess life is not fair
my post here. The short version: Bulanhagui was the senior national champion, Perticheto the junior national champion, and Perticheto skated better last season than Bulanhagui (who was dreadful at 4CC). Bulanhagui did do well at the Asian Trophy, but Perticheto's best score would also have been enough to qualify for Sochi. Unfortunately for her, she was not at her best in Nebelhorn. I agree with those who said that there should have been transparent criteria for the assignments, but the decision to send Perticheto and not Bulanhagui is by no means unjustifiable. Most federations do not follow the American approach of basing assignments almost exclusively on Nationals. It's not that life was unfair, it's that life doesn't always work out as you think you deserve. She probably thought that she would be treated as a VIP and discovered that her federation had other ideas.
It's one thing to speak out, and quite another to trash another skater and say that you hate your federation and that it blows (the latter tweets she eventually deleted). Why would a federation want a skater who feels that way? Better skaters than Bulanhagui have missed out on major assignments, yet they managed to convey their disappointment without resorting to that sort of behavior.By the way, she is human and she gave a human reaction.
To be the main chick, act like the main chick. Attacking the other chick and the coop owner is not fitting.
She also needs to show that she is fit to represent her federation and her country.
Such a mess. Shame.
She acted like a spoiled child throwing a fit.