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Agree or Disagree: Marian Rivera Says English Proficiency Is Not a Measure of One’s Intelligence

Remember Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera’s controversial line, “Isa po akong psychology”?

Several years after her grammar lapse became a national issue, the newlywed actress finally had the chance to shed light on her statement.

In an episode of “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho”, the actress admitted that she isn’t proficient in the universal language. However, Rivera stressed that mastery of the English language is not a measure of one’s intelligence.

“Alam kong mahirap dahil na mimis-interpret, dahil ako, aaminin ko, hindi ako kagalingan mag-English. At hindi iyon naging basehan ko para sabihin na hindi ako matalinong tao,” Rivera explained.

For Rivera, who is also a graduate of De La Salle University, being “madiskarte” or enterprising is an indicator of intelligence. Rivera also emphasised the importance of having good relations over English proficiency.

“Aanhin ko ang kagalingan sa pag-i-Ingles kung hindi naman ako marunong dumiskarte at hindi ako mapagmahal sa mga magulang ko, o nakakalimutan ko ang mga kaibigan ko? Kung ang definition ng matalino ay pag-i-Ingles lang, huwag nalang ako maging matalino.”

In 2010, Rivera was highly criticised after making a comment about President Benigno Aquino III’s mental health. An avid supporter of the then Senator, Rivera defended Aquino against accusations that he is mentally ill.

Watch Marian Rivera’s controversial statement:

Known as one of the countries with the highest proficiency in English language, the Philippines was once named the world’s best country in business English. As a matter of fact, the country became a hub for call centers.

Because of this and several other factors, many Filipinos equate an individual’s intelligence to one’s capacity to speak English fluently.


What do you think about Rivera’s latest statement? Do you agree that one’s English proficiency is not a measure of one’s intelligence? Share us your comments.

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

8 Comments

  1. I agree With Ms. Marian Rivera…English proficiency is not a basis for intellectuallity…. I believe you cant measure intelligence by speaking fluently….Here in Our country Rich People uses English as their basic Language, they could afford to get a tutor to teach their children to speak better English. So most of them are fluent in English, but that doesnt necessary mean that they are all intelligent…lets admit we can just say that they could speak English fluently….Intelligent??? I dont think so!?!

  2. TAMA SYA, hindi mo kailangan matuto ng english para masabing matalino ka, hindi aq fan ng showbiz pero ng makita q tong article n to na may pagkabias talagang napacomment aq. . kahit sabihin mo n best p ang pilipinas sa english hindi parin to basehan para sabihing matalino ka. . ang japan isa sa matatalino at maasensong bansa pero wala silang pake matuto ng english. . . walang mali sa sinabi ni marian. Tapos!

  3. English is not the measurement but may contribute to the intelligence of a person…having a high IQ does not also mean you are intellegent…. English is not our mother tonque and incorrect grammar is common…and if your grammar is not right, it doesnt mean you are “bobo”. Merong magawa ang isang uneducated person na hindi magawa ng isang graduado. Intelligence is immeasurable. Tama si Marian, beleive ako sa mga tao na marunong dumiskarte on how to cope up with the challenges of their daily life. I also admire people who have a lot of “common sense”…na marami sa atin hindi common ang sense na yan. Re- sa sinabi ni Marian na “Psychology ako”…mali nga yon pero na recall ko noong college years ko., di ba minsan nagkekwentuhan tayo or minsan mapunta sa yabangan ng sarili..kung ang course ko ay Chemical Engineering, masabi ko sa yabangan na..”oy, hwag nyo akong maliitin, Chemical ako”instead of Engineering or Engineer.ako…..or..” Oy, ano ka…Medicine to.. .. parang informal conversation ang nangyari na hindi kailangan ang correct way of saying your profession or course….

  4. Yong mga bata ba na nagaaral sa ateneo, la salle, san beda, etc na magaling mag English mas matalino na sa batang nagaaral sa public school pero magaling sa math at science?

  5. Grammatical (or grammar) pedantry syndrome is an illness or a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder where someone has a compulsive desire to correct any grammatical errors one has made and is obsessed with taking this peculiar, constant, and vexatious (from the target’s perspective) action. Number one dito ay ang MEDIA at sa mga “nagdunong-dunongan” ito ay tinatawag na “KAHAMBUGAN”. Ang mga taong ganito ay ang tunay na mga “MANGMANG”. Tingnan ninyo ang mga maunlad na bansa (maliban sa ito ang mother tongue nila), hindi English Language ang gamit nila. Dito lang sa Pilipinas na sobra talaga ang kahipokritohan. Kaya hangang ngayon di naiitindihan ng ordinaryong mamayan ang batas sa Pilipinas. Tumpak ang kasagutan ni Marian.

  6. halos o di naman lahat ay sa pilipino mo lang naririnig ung pag criticize ng pag iinglish,but in other countries,as long as you understand and can explain yourself in english ay ok na, d namn nila iniintindi kung tama o mali ang grammar mo

  7. Hinahanapan lng ng butas c marian ng mga critics nya pra mapintasan xa.. Nakakalungkot lng tngnan kng pano nagreact c marian on her intrigues, as if she’s not a psych grad.. Sweet lemon tuloy ang labas ng kanyang defense mechanism. I know alam nya un kc we’re same course.. Ndi nya need iexplain ng bongga ung sarili nya, kc alam at nkikita nman ng mga tao kng anu na xa ngaun.. Problema na un ng mga taong nega sa knya.. 🙂

  8. Of course it’s not a basis to measure intelligence. Some people I know of have grown up in multilingual households and have blown good life opportunities because they made unintelligent desicions based off greed and desire. Every language group has intelligent people. Why would some people even bother learning English when they are only welcome as tourists and refused permanent entry to English speaking countries because of governments who think the planet belongs to them. Why aren’t alot more western people learning Chinese given how many people in the world use that language. Don’t fall into the judgemental trap of believing a lack of English ability suggests someone lacks intelligence.

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