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Philippines Language Month, August!

"Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda."
(He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.)
- Dr. Jose Rizal

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It's the month of the year again, August. We Filipinos take pride in celebrating the "Buwan ng Wika" (National Language Month) to pay respect and appreciate the beauty of our very own language.

Long ago, it is used to be "Linggo ng Wika" (National Language Week) that happens every August 13 to 19, coinciding with the birthday of former President Manuel L. Quezon who is known as "Ama ng Wikang Pambansa" (Father of the National Language) and who was born on August 19, 1878. Former President Fidel V. Ramos wanted to give more importance to our national language especially to the Filipino youth and that's why he declared it under Proclamation No. 1041 to be a month-long celebration since January 15, 1997. Since then, various government agencies and private sectors are helping to raise the awareness of Filipinos with our national language.

"Buwan ng Wika" is usually celebrated in primary level schools with the help of the Commission of the Filipino Language (Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino ) in conjunction with the Department of Education (DepEd) who organizes interactive programs, informative seminars and exciting competitions for the students to be more engage with the said celebration.  There are activities such as stage play, traditional games, wearing native costumes, poster making, writing poems and many other things that adds more value to our national language and culture.

JUST A WRAP UP!

This month-long celebration is not just to give importance to our national language but also serves as a remembrance of our beloved country’s struggle for freedom.

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