SONA noon, SONA ngayon

Last week, President Noynoy* Aquino delivered his 2011 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Filipino (or Tagalog, if you prefer). I made a word cloud (a.k.a. wordle) of the speech (full transcript here):


SONA 2011 Word Cloud

The word cloud shows the most frequently used words in the speech, after removing commonly-used Filipino words (including “ang”, “sa”, “at”, etc.). Intuitively, words that were used more frequently appear larger. In the 2011 speech, there seemed to be an emphasis on “pilipino” and “wang-wang”.

I thought it would be interesting to compare this with the President’s SONA from a year ago (full transcript here). Here is the word cloud for the 2010 SONA:


SONA 2010 Word Cloud

Compared to the 2011 SONA, there seems to be more of an emphasis on money here, with “pesos” and “pondo” being the two most frequently-used words. Also, it looks like the use of the word “taumbayan” was replaced by the word “pilipino” in the more recent speech— a welcome change.

Of course, nothing beats a close listening and reading of the speeches (and checking the facts behind them), but visualizing the speeches this way makes certain things pop out— literally.

What other patterns do you see? Which speech did you like better?


*Yes, we Filipinos call our presidents by their nicknames. That’s just the way we roll… πŸ˜‰


9 Comments on “SONA noon, SONA ngayon”

  1. ida galdiano says:

    yeah..we call them by their nicknames…

    • Yes, Tita Ida, my American professor was surprised when I casually referred to Pres. Arroyo as “Gloria”, and then of course there was “Erap”… I think it reflects our “personal” relationships and the simple fact that *everyone* has a nickname (“junior”, “bata”, “babes”, and many even more creative ones). Plus, of course, how politicians exploit that “familiarity” (erap=pare, and then there’s “mareng winnie”). I wonder when it all started (in the age of the radio? TV?), or does it go all the way back to… hm, did Emilio Aguinaldo have a nickname? πŸ˜›

  2. ekstranghero says:

    i wonder how beautiful migs zubiri’s “SONA” would be… πŸ™‚

  3. PMutuc says:

    ‘Ngayon lahat Pilipino’ versus ‘Kailangan lahat pesos’ tells you everything you need to know about the difference between this government and the previous one.

  4. He needs a new speechwriter. Hehehe.

  5. None of the above. This would have been the SONA we like to hear: πŸ™‚

  6. I remembered this post you made as I was traversing the pages of Inquirer today. Mejo malaking inimprove tlga ng administration ngayon, kasi headlines ng inquirer halos lagi ang conversation topics about tackling the graft and corruption. For instance, kahapon PCSO kulang bayad ng 3.6 bil pesos to the government, sa business section 4Tril pesos worth of investments proposed in the Philippines. magandang wordcloud play too if macocompare ung news headlines ng during 2011, 2010 (para matrack lahat ng promises ni Pnoy) and what the news reports are showing. Of course, if one had time…do it to all since internet has a huge archive (for instance na source). wala lang. naisip ko maraming comparative na magagawa. arroyos term, aquinos term etc.

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