August marks the celebration of National Language Month

VIGAN CITY, July 29 (PIA) — The month of August marks the celebration of the National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika) to strengthen the use of “Filipino” language.

The Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) lined-up various activities for the celebration with this year’s theme: “Tatag ng Wikang Pilipino, Lakas ng pagka-Pilipino.”

DepEd Secretary Armin A. Luistro issued Memorandum Number 104 series of 2012 dated June 22, 2012 prescribing the guidelines in celebrating the mandatory National Language Month for the month of August 2012 in all schools in the country, both public and private.

Luistro said the continuing observance of the national language month will boost the sense of nationalism of every Filipino citizen.

This August celebration will bring to fore the 75th year of the declaration of Tagalog as the basic tongue of communication. It was 1937 when Tagalog was selected as national language.

The festival is divided into five weeks with each week espousing a different theme. The week of August 1 to 7 highlights the 75th year of pushing Filipino in Philippine education and its use in official communication and correspondence; August 8 to 14 – Filipino and other country’s languages: strength of K to 12 on MTB – MLE; August 15 to 21 – Filipino Language and other regional dialects are languages for peace; August 22 to 28 – Filipino language: a language for all Filipinos for strong republic; August 29 to 31 – Language is the partner of peace in crossing the right pathways.

For the province of Ilocos Sur, Education Supervisor Gregoria Sabalburo said the weekly theme for the month–long celebration of national language has been localized into appropriate lessons and activities incorporated during classroom instructions.

A speaking competition on Filipino language is set on August 29 to be participated in by elementary and high school students in the province. This is to be conducted by the DepEd’s division office.

The competitions include the following: for elementary level: Pagbigkas ng Tula (Grades 1 – 2); Solong Pag-awit ng Makabayang Kanta (Grades 3 -4); Poster – Making Contest (Grades 5- 6); for high school level: Pagsulat ng Sanaysay, Talumpati, Solong Pag- awit and Poster Making Contest.

“Buwan ng Wika’ is the time when we remind the public of the importance of Filipino language. The Filipino language is one of the things that could identify an individual. Buwan ng Wika boosts our national pride,” said Sabalburo. (JCR/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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