THE month of August marks the celebration of National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika) with the theme “Ang Filipino ay wikang panlahat, ilaw at lakas sa tuwid na landas.”
The celebration is spearheaded by the Department of the Education (DedEd) to enhance the use of the Filipino language.
Schools are expected to come up with activities that will make the students understand why the Filipino language is the light and strength of the nation.
These activities include games like bato-lata and patintero, search for lakan at mutya and sabayang pagbigkas (verse choir).
“Buwan ng Wika is the time we remind the public of the importance of Filipino language. Although English is used in school, I think the Filipino language is one of the things that could identify a person. Buwan ng Wika boosts our national pride,” said Maritsu Cuevas, a second year high school student of the Trade Tech International Science Institute.
As national hero Dr. Jose Rizal once emphasized the importance of national language, “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit sa hayop at malansang isda; kaya ating pagyamaning kusa, gaya ng inang sa atin ay nagpala.”
The month-long celebration is in five parts.
From Aug. 1 to 7, the focus is by taking to heart the lyrics of the national anthem.
From Aug. 8 to 14, the highlight is on the importance of the national language in enforcing discipline that will lead to national development.
On Aug. 15 to 21, the theme is the use of language as an instrument to achieve freedom and justice.
For the week of Aug. 22 to 28, the theme is “Wikang Filipino: Tugon sa malinaw na programa sa tuwid na landas.”
The remaining days of August will be anchored on the celebration of the Filipino language as the voice of teachers, students and the language of heroism. /UP Masscom student Keiko Abe
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Far Eastern University- (FEU), through its Central Student Organization (FEUCSO) and Tanggapan ng Larangan ng Filipino, is set to celebrate Buwan ng Wika this August with an exciting line-up of activities.
With the theme “Wikang Filipino sa Daang Matuwid,” the university will feature activities like dancing, singing and choral oration contests. There will also be an essay writing competition, a quiz bee and a professorial lecture.
The lecture, “Seminar ng Wika”, will be held on August 7. Dr. Corazon Lalu-Santos of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) will deliver a talk on “Ang Kapangyarihan ng Wikang Filipino sa Loob at Labas ng Akademya.”
Lalu-Santos was the former chair of the ADMU Filipino Department, and is currently the president of Sanggunian sa Filipino (Sangfil), an organization that advocates the Filipino language.
Serving as the month-long festivities’ finale is a choral oration (sabayang pagbigkas) contest that will feature the novel “Urbana and Feliza,” written by Modesto de Castro now celebrating its 150th anniversary. The competition will include participants from several Manila public and private schools who will be competing for a grand prize worth PHP12,000 and a detailed tour of FEU’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) award-winning Art Deco campus.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Gonzales, FEU’s Filipino Department Coordinator:
“Makapangyarihan ang wika sapagkat maari itong gamitin sa maling pamamaraan. Ang layunin ay maipalaganap ang wikang Filipino upang magkaintindihan patungo sa matuwid na landas. (Language is powerful because it can also be used for the wrong means. The aim is to propagate the Filipino language to ensure communication toward the right path),” Gonzales said.