OUR NATIVE TONGUE….
“He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.”- Dr. Jose Rizal….
Each and every one of us are truly feel proud for our origin no matter what race we came from, whether we are American, German, African, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Filipino or whatever race we are.
Each country is rich in tradition and culture, and aside from these we have our own languages to use to easily communicate with each other. Language is the soul of every nation; it is the tie and the bridge to easily communicate with each other. And serves as our foundation and own identity.
In the Philippines, we have 175 languages/dialects use and some of them are considered endangered, according to UNESCO because of not being used or it is already extinct.
Sources:Wikipedia and Diksyunaryo ng Wikang Filipino, Sentinyal Edisyon
We have major Dialects used across its island some of these are Tagalog, Bikol, Ilocano, Pangasinan, Kapampangan, Kinaray-a, Cebuano, Waray-waray, Tausug, Visaya, and Ilonggo,
In spite the dialect used in different islands, Filipino and English are the common widely used language from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Philippines celebrated the “Buwan ng Wika” last August to show the culture and the love for Filipino language.
I was amazed to hear our younger ones delivering (Tula) poems and (Balagtasan) Poetic debate, and while I was listening to every word they speak it pondling into my heart and reminds me how great of our culture and makes me proud to be a Filipino…