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Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

[OPINION] How our native languages benefit society

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

It is harder for governments to manipulate diverse populations due to a multiplicity of internal languages, cultures, and opinions

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bigyan natin ng pagkakataong yumabong ang Filipino

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Hindi isinasantabi ng Filipino ang wika nating kinalakhan at ang kulturang nagpausbong nito. Tulay itong naglalayong pag-ugnayin tayo sa kabila ng ating pagkakaiba-iba.

[OPINION] The benefits of knowing many languages

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:00 PM

But long-term policies threaten our multilingualism. Most high schools don’t offer any other language subjects, whether native or foreign, besides English and Filipino.

[OPINYON] Industriya sa Buwan ng Wika

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Nakatutuwang isiping nagkakaroon ng pagtangkilik sa barong tagalog kasabay ng pagtangkilik sa wikang pambansa. Sana lang, hindi ito pang-isang buwan. Sana buong taon.

[OPINION] Why don't we celebrate Buwan ng mga Wika instead?

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Almost 50 Philippine languages are endangered because the number of speakers are declining. Part of the problem is government policies that have favored English and Tagalog for many decades.

[OPINYON] Buwan ng Wika: Hindi bawal umingles, basta ayusin mo

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Hayaan munang tuklasin ng bata ang mundo niya; ang matuto gamit ang wikang sinasalita niya sa panaginip, sa paghalughog sa kaluluwa. Filipino language man ito or otherwise.

‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

In New York, children of Indonesian migrants learn Bahasa Indonesia

Aug 16, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Indonesian university students in America teach Indonesian language and culture to children born in the Unites States to Indonesian parents – in an attempt to share the wonders of Indonesia and to give back to the nation they call home

LEARNING BAHASA INDONESIA. Children in New York learn from their instructor ---. Photo from Permias NY Facebook page

Saan dapat patungo ang proyekto ng wikang pambansa?

Aug 06, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Lahat ng mga wika sa Pilipinas ay magkakapamilya Ito ang paliwanag kung bakit maraming magkakatulad na salita na iba’t ibang wika natin

In the trench war over climate text, a little means a lot

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Will a battle over two words – shall and should – decide mankind s fate? With stakes so high every word counts

A visitor attends the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Filipino, the language that is not one

Aug 21, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Filipino is the national language that seeks to become more than a native tongue and aspires to become the nation’s official speech It is contaminated and compromised from the start by the very languages it seeks to exclude or subordinate

Manuel L. Quezon and the 20-peso question

Aug 15, 2015 - 1:00 PM

What does a P20 bill got to do with the Filipino language?

CHED ready to defend new GE curriculum before SC

Apr 22, 2015 - 5:59 PM

The Commission says it respects the decision of the High Court but notes the new general education curriculum does not take effect until 2018

Wikang pambansa for every all

Nov 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Gaano man kahusay ang manunulat – sa Ingles man o Filipino – walang epekto ang kanyang akda kung hindi edukado ang nagbabasa

Developing a nat'l language: Can PH learn from Japan?

Oct 04, 2014 - 1:44 PM

A Japanese professor explains – in Filipino – that the language widely spoken in Japan now was imposed by gov t over a century ago

Osaka University professor Dr. Masanao Oue. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Should we even have a ‘national language’ in the first place?

Aug 23, 2014 - 8:57 AM

In our pursuit to develop and promote the use of a ‘national language ’ we should ask ourselves if we are simply trying hard to create a forced Filipino identity by speaking a forged language

Evolution of the Filipino alphabet

Aug 22, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Before using the current alphabet that has 28 letters the Philippines had 4 sets of letters since the pre colonial times

Limited Filipino language celebration 'colonial' – advocates

Aug 18, 2014 - 1:05 PM

It should be a year long appreciation they say Nagiging plastik mga tao: nagbibihis ng barong nagsasayaw ng tinikling kumakain ng pagkaing Pinoy pero after noon wala na

Policies on the use of the Filipino language

Aug 16, 2014 - 2:44 PM

Take a look at some of the main Filipino language policies currently in place that aid government institutions to uphold and propagate the national language

Buwan ng Wika or Linggo ng Wika: What do we celebrate?

Aug 13, 2014 - 4:37 PM

The Philippines used to hold a week long celebration from August 13 to 19 every year until President Ramos declared it should be month long starting 1997

12 reasons to save the national language

Aug 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines extols is national language for a month but dismisses it for the rest of the year as unworthy of recognition as the official language of communication and primary medium of instruction

What the PH constitutions say about the national language

Aug 07, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Trace the evolution of the ‘national language’ based on past Philippine constitutions leading to the 1987 Charter

‘Buwan ng Wika not just lip service, not Manila-centered’ — KWF

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:01 PM

Celebrate this year s Buwan ng Wika with these activities nationwide

CHED is not targeting Filipino language instruction

Jun 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Emotionally charged ill informed nationalist polemics about the national language move us away from more productive debates

Language should not divide us, says Aquino

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:35 PM

President Aquino also commends the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for actively enforcing its mandate

THANK YOU. President Benigno Aquino III thanks Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for its efforts to develop the national language. Photo by Malacanang Photo Bureau/Rey Baniquet

Kill 'Pilipinas,' language commission says

Jun 29, 2013 - 4:22 PM

National Artist Virgilio Almario who heads the commission wants to adopt Filipinas as the country s international name

How Filipino became the national language

Dec 30, 2012 - 2:42 PM

Today 75 years ago President Manuel L Quezon addressed the nation in Filipino via radio It was the first time that a President went on air speaking the national language

Photo by PCDSPO