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Are you okay with using these new terms? As the community remains divided, perhaps, it’s time you join in on smart conversations and research to understand further why it still floats as a question.

/ 22 September 2020

According to

Filipinx—adj. of or relating to natives or inhabitants of the Philippines (used in place of the masculine form Filipino or the feminine form Filipina); noun. a native or inhabitant of the Philippines (used in place of the masculine form Filipino or the feminine form Filipina).

It’s official. The gender-neutral term has been added in the credible online resource platform, Along with its addition was the term Pinxy and seems like many netizens aren’t taking these additions freely because it sounds alien or foreign even in our mother tongue. Filipinx and Pinxy aren’t relatively used everyday nor was it used at large publicly. 

Many argue that the proper term Pinoy and Filipino have always been gender-neutral. These follow the practices of our neighboring countries’ terms such as Chinese, Korean, and Thai as gender-neutral nouns. But the new terms follow the context of Latinx as gender-neutral for Latino and Latina. Considering that the -o suffix for men, -a suffix for women, the term Filipino and Filipina were the new prospects of these progressive terms.


Now, local netizens are finding it odd because it’s something that even in our nation isn’t practiced regularly. It’s good that we’re providing neutrality to include representation and honorifics for people who don’t identify nor refuse to be boxed in a gender term. Such is what birthed the term Mx, which is a gender-neutral honorific title for people who don’t wanna reveal their gender and also was popular for non-binary people. 

However, with progression, comes questions and criticisms that can leave a community divided. Especially considering that Pride continues to fight for rights and equality for generations now, the new terms are definitely affected by social issues. Others also find it unnecessary because the original terms are already gender-neutral in practice therefore some find more confusion on the new terms’ usage. As is expected, the new terms continue to spark controversy and lengthy dialogues recently.



On Sept. 26, Cinema Sala is having a COUCH TALK: Are We Filipinx?, a discussion with artists and scholars on the new terms to expound on its context and help create an understanding on why the issue matters.



As the world’s open-mindedness continues to grow with the times, we opt to see into the bigger picture. Is it necessary? Is it progressive? At the rise of new terms such as Filipinx and Pinxy, we look into the notion of whether these are affected by underlying issues. Some may call it whitesplaining or transphobic, but the terms will always be followed by more questions.