Celebration of the Month of Language.
National Language Month of the Philippines is always celebrated on the month of August. Tagalog is the official language of the Philippines. In 1937, it was announced as the National Language. During this month, schools and university adapted the celebration of the Filipino language month as part of the culture.
Filipino language is a mixture of few Spanish words and English alphabets. “Buwan ng Wika” is the translation for National Language Month. For a week long this event is celebrated, and was signed by our former President Fidel Ramos on 1997.
A flag ceremony is also part of the program followed by our National Anthem. The celebration also coincides with the birthday of our former President Manuel Quezon, who was born on August 19th 1878. Also, former President Corazon Aquino signed an extension of the celebration dated August 13 – 19 called the Week of Language or the “Linggo ng Wika” in layman’s term.
This month is the celebration of the Filipinos for our own language and this also applies to everyone. That, wherever we will be or wherever we are the world, we should not forget about or own language. As the Dr. Jose Rizal said,
“He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.”
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