‘MarJo! MaJoHa?’: Viral ‘PBB’ quiz bee revives calls to bring back PH history in HS curriculum

MANILA, Philippines – Robi Domingo, netizens, and other advocacy groups have expressed their concerns over the answers of several Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 teen housemates in a quiz bee on Philippine history.

‘MarJo! MaJoHa?’ PBB
Screenshot from Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Kumunity Season 10 YouTube video.

Recently, social media went abuzz over video clips of a quiz bee of 'PBB' teen housemates as part of their weekly task. PBB host Robi Domingo asked the housemates several questions about Philippine history and general facts. Unfortunately, several housemates had odd and confusing answers to common questions about our history.

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Posted by Carl E. Balita on Monday, April 11, 2022

One question Robi asked was, “Ang tatlong Catholic priests na sina Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, Jacinto Zamora na hinatulan ng kamatayan noong panahon ng Kastila ay mas kilala sa tawag na?”

The answer should have been “GomBurZa” but one housemate answered, “MarJo” while her competitor answered, “MaJoHa.”

The same housemates also answered “J.Rizal” when asked for the nickname of Jose Rizal and answered “SLEX” as the country’s longest bridge.

Another quiz bee question goes, “Ano ang tinatawag na summer capital of the Philippines?”

A male housemate answered, “Intramuros” instead of Baguio City as the correct answer.

Robi asked again, “Anong bansag mas kilala ang Filipino General na si Gregorio del Pilar?”

The answer should’ve been, “Goyo or Goyong.” However, the housemate had a different answer and simply said, “Gregorio.”

Another question goes, “Ang ina ng katipunan na si Melchora Aquino ay kilala din bilang…”

While the answer should’ve been “Tandang Sora,” the male housemate had an odd answer and said, “Ninoy Aquino.”

Many netizens expressed their concern about how far-fetched the answers of these housemates were to the supposed answers. Many said that these are real reflections of the quality of our education system, and it’s alarming.

Robi also tweeted his reaction to the incident. He said there’s an education gap that needs to be addressed. He challenged the content creators to help educate the youth on issues and facts about the country.

He tweeted, “Sa una, nakakatawa pero habang tumatagal, di na nakakatuwa. Sana maging daan ito para makita kung ano ang kakulangan sa sistema ng ating edukasyon. Sa lahat ng content creators, let's battle #MaJoHa.”

The High School Philippine History Movement renewed its calls to revive Philippine history as a separate subject in high school. They posted infographics with one stating, “GOMBURZA, hindi MAJOHA.”

According to the organization, the Department of Education (DepEd) removed Philippine history as a dedicated subject in the high school Araling Panlipunan curriculum.

"Ibalik ang Philippine History bilang subject sa high school Araling Panlipunan" --- DepEd Order 20, 2014 removed...

Posted by High School Philippine History Movement on Sunday, April 10, 2022

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