Embarrassing Ignorance

I remember somebody from TV saying that there are two deadly things in this world: apathy and ignorance. Today as I was browing the Zamboanga Today website, I read an article by Riza Locbao about the new title of Zamboanga City. In the past I have also wrote an article about this. However, when I read Riza's article, I get where all the confusion is coming from.

Apparently, most people (who were against calling Zamboanga city Asia's Latin City) thought that the word Latin in the new title referred to the Romans. Riza Locbao goes to ask: What’s our historical connection to Latin? She even researched if there is a link between the Sama, Subanen and Tausog (who were the ancient inhabitants of Zamboanga city) and the Latins.
All this confusion came from the misconception that the word Latin in Asia's Latin city referred to the Romans.

How incredibly embarrassing!

Yes, I am embarrassed for these people! This simple mistake could have been avoided if we just read more. This just goes to prove how badly written our history is. In our history books, you would never find the link between the Philippines and Mexico when our country was practically under Mexico for quite a long time.

If it was common knowledge to Filipinos that Mexico and the Philippines were once connected, then people won't go as far as thinking that (when Zamboanga city is being branded as Asia's Latin City) the Latin in its new title refers to the Romans or Latins.

In this article, I have cited several reasons on how Zamboanga city can be called as Asia's Latin city.