Pinoy? What's that?!?
"Pinoy" is slang for Filipino, inhabitant of 7,108 emerald islands between the Pacific Ocean and the China Sea -- as well as work places and homes all over the world. "Tok " is Filipinized script for "talk."In launching Pinoy Tok on the Web, we dare to inform the world that a phenomenon called the Filipino Nation exists, distinct and distinguishable from all other nations on it.
See, that was our old intro. And then you went to another page that gave you the background for pinoytok.
The title Pinoy Tok started in 1989 as a video documentary series about works of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Government work among local communities in the Philippines. Produced by the Institute for Filipino Cinema, it was aired on IBC 13 (Intercontinental Broadcasting Company, Channel 13), one of the major channels in the Philippines.
Somewhere along the way, after a 1991 visit to the United States by its founder, Mila D. Aguilar, a group headed by Jessica Hagedorn of New York adopted it for one of its theater presentations.
Pinoy Tok produced a total of 46 video documentaries by the end of 1995. By October of that year, it had become a Sunday column in the Manila Standard (one of the top dailies in the Philippines). In 1996, The Philippine Reporter of Toronto, Canada, carried the Pinoy Tok column online every Monday and Thursday.
Today, Pinoy Tok documents materials on Filipino culture, arts & literature and politics, continuing the tradition set by the original documentary series. Among Pinoy Tok’s regular participants are activists, academicians, people in Government & NGOs, visual artists, journalists and literati.
Now, of course, it's just plain old pinoytok. No claims, no high-falutin statements. Just a passion for the Philippines, fhat's all. Come join us if you're a Fillipino/a or a lover of the Philippines, and contribute your bit to the advancement of our national pride in four areas: Arts, Literature, Products (commercial, that is), and Advocacies.
Of course, in Advocacies, we don't expect you to heap praises on government. You know what we mean. :)