Posted on Monday, 17th August 2009 by All Philippines
In the Philippines, August is designated as the “Buwan ng Wika” (Language Month). It’s a month-long event celebrating the importance and significance of the official language of the nation, Filipino (formerly known as Tagalog). Before, it was only held for one week (August 13 to August 19) but amendments in the late 90’s officially changed the commemoration of the event to be celebrated for the whole month of August.
A brief history regarding the “Buwan ng Wika”:
March 26, 1946 – President Sergio Osmeña issued the Proclamation No. 35 designating March 27 to April 2 as “Linggo ng Wika” (Language Week).
September 23, 1955 – President Ramon Magsaysay issued Proclamation No. 186 changing the celebration of “Linggo ng Wika” to August 13 to August 19 in honor of the “Father of the Filipino Language” President Manuel Luis Quezon‘s birthday (August 19).
After EDSA Revolution 1986 – President Corazon Aquino issued Proclamation No. 19 substantiating the former proclamation (Proclamation No. 186) of President Magsaysay’s amendment of the celebration of “Linggo ng Wika”.
January 15, 1997 – President Fidel Ramos issued Proclamation No. 1041 declaring the whole month of August as “Buwan ng Wika”.
Recognizing and instilling the value of an official language to every citizen of the nation helps build the key tool for communication in the foundation for its unity. And through these united efforts of the people, the growth and prosperity of the nation follows. As the great Philippine national hero, Jose P. Rizal, once said, “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda” (He who does not love his native language is worst than a beast or a rotten fish).
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