Shalom Manila celebrated the ‘Buwan ng Wika’ The Shalom Catholic Community – Mission Manila (Philippines) – celebrated in the last August 24 the “Buwan ng Wika” Fiesta (National Language Month).
The party happened at the Shalom’s Mission House in Quezon City. Joining the celebration of the Filipino language that happens throughout the country in the month of August, the missionaries prepared a moment of fraternity, prayer and joy among the guests. To this, the people that served there adjusted the mission’s house for it to become as fair to the culture as possible: ‘Jeepney’, ‘Sari-sari’, ‘Lechon’ and, of course, the Karaoke TV was there and made the celebration more attractive and closer to the Filipino people.
Buwan ng Wika The information from the local website Rappler say that according to the Komisyon sa Wikang Fiipino (KWF) and Ethnologue, the Philippines is a multilingual country. They use more than 150 languages. Including Cebuano, Binisaya, Tagalog, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Bikol, Waray, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Maranao, Maguindanaon, Bahasa Sug, Kinaray-a, Kankanaey, Manobo, Subanen, Bontoc, Sama-Bajaw and many others.
Some people call them “dialects,” but according to linguistics, they are actually independent languages. The month of August is a good way of renewing in the Filipino people the spirit of supporting and watching local original Filipino music, musical theater, dances and movies, also to rescue the traditions and the values from the history of this country.
You can enjoy a sample of OPM (Original Pilipino Music) song:
MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!
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Djalma de Jesus Júnior