It’s August, the month celebrating the Filipino language in Philippines and locally known as “Buwan ng Wika” (Month of Language). Refresh your knowledge about this important event in our country or if you’re an expat, know more about it.
In March 26, 1946, former President Sergio Osmena released the Proclamation No. 35 stating March 27 to April 2 as the “Linggo ng Wika” (Week of Language) in Philippines.
In Septembrer 23, 1955- former President Ramon Magsaysay released Proclamation No. 186 stating moving the celebration of “Linggo ng Wika” (Week of Language) to August 13 to 19. This is to commemorate the birthday of former President Manuel L. Quezon who is known also as the “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa” (Father of the Language of the Country).
In August 12, 1988- Former President Corazon Aquino released Proclamation No.19 to strengthen the declaration of the celebration of “Linggo ng Wika” (Week of Language) every year.
In January 15, 1997- Former President Fidel V. Ramos through Proclamation No. 1041 declared the whole month of August as a celebration of the “Linggo ng Wika” (Week of Language).
How is it celebrated?
- Sabayang pagbigkas (Pronunciation)
- Balagtasan (Poetry Reading)
- Individual songs
- Dual songs
- Making posters
- Writing a slogan
- Writing of poetry
- Writing of essays
- Recitation of poetry
“Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit pa sa hayop at malansang isda; kaya ating pagyamaning kusa, gaya ng inang sa atin ay nagpala. (Who does not love the mother tongue is more than an animal and a smelly fish; so we have to enrich deliberately, like our mother who is blessed.)”
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