It’s Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa again this month and Filipinos are encouraged to celebrate our heritage, culture, and our identity through our languages.
The country’s national language, Filipino, plays a vital role in unifying the archipelagic nation of the Philippines with its almost 200 different languages spoken by over 100 million inhabitants. This year’s theme is, “Filipino at mga Wikang Katutubo sa Dekolonisasyon ng Pag-iisip ng mga Pilipino.” (Read: SB19 Set To Perform In First Ever TikTok Philippines Awards)
As Filipinos, what can we do to be part of this wonderful celebration of pride and heritage? Here’s a list of things you can do this “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.”
Support local musicals
The month of August is a good way of renewing Filipino spirit through local original Filipino musical theatre. These plays don’t just tell stories about society but also showcase our talents as people. Just recently, PETA theatre had an online streaming of Rak of Aegis– full of Filipino values, culture, and Aegis songs!
Watch Cinemalaya Films
Now on its 17th run, Cinemalaya, the country’s biggest independent film festival, will feature short films from various filmmakers in the Philippines. Known for showcasing high-caliber local films, it has given a platform and a break to talented young and independent directors and actors in the country. Moreover, it has proven time and time again that the local film industry is not dead and has paved the way for several micro-cinemas across the country. (Read: Heads Up, Indie Film Buffs! Cinemalaya 2021 Now Set On August 6)
Celebrate indigenous languages
The Filipino language is very diverse– it’s not Tagalog, alone! And in this day and age, more international audiences get to hear our languages. For example, the Tau’Sug language has been heard in the Korean drama Arthdal Chronicles starring Song Joong Ki. It was spoken by Korean actors and Filipino actor Nash Ang. The Filipino language has also been voted as Asia’s Sexiest Accent. With these, it is really important to celebrate the various languages that make up our national identity for a more diverse yet inclusive Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.