Editorial: Support our national language, Filipino


“Ang wikang Filipino ay di lamang isang simbulo ng ating pagiging bansa. Ang wikang Filipino sa unibersidad ay kumakatawan sa ating pagpapahalaga na ang buhay natin bilang isang bansa ay nakasandig sa pagkakaroon ng isang wikang gagamitin para hubugin ang mga kaisipan ng mga kabataan at mga matatanda na nasa kapangyarihan sa sistema ng edukasyon.” (The Filipino language is not just a symbol of our nationhood. The Filipino language that is being taught in universities shows the value that we give to our life as a nation, which is anchored on the use of our own language to shape the way of thinking of the youth, as well as adults who are responsible for running our education system.) – National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera

Manuel L. Quezon, the first president of the commonwealth government of the Philippines approved the adoption of a Tagalog dialect as the bases for the national language of the Philippines and so issued Executive Order No. 134, s. 1937 on December 13 of that year. Somehow, our national language has managed to develop and unite us into a Filipio nation. But, even violently, held back by a deeply rooted colonial mentality.

With more than 150 tongues spoken by the people of this archipelagic country it would be and acrually was uniting its people to promote and develop a common language, share common yet diverse cultural practices, a common history and literature. Yet ever since, the colonizer USA, as a matter of policy has imposed their language, their education system, their books, instruction, their goods, and their seeds of a western culture that grew and rooted into this indio’s psyche that anything Filipino, even their own language and history, was so inferior to what is “made in USA”.

This colonial mentality has so ensnared the Filipino that it was easy for our education leaders to defy (with impunity) a Supreme Court Temporary Restraining Order of 2015 which stopped the implementation of the “Revised General Education Curriculum” or Ched Memorandum Order No. 20 (CMO 20) issued in 2013 which removes Filipino subjects in the college curriculum as policy and part of the implementation of the K+12 law, and in preparation for the ASEAN integration.

It is but eighty years since Tagalog or Pilipino or Filipino (not even a century yet), has been maturing and developing in a nationalist struggle against the lack of support from people afflicted by the colonial-mentality disease, and a government system dominated by Uncle Sam’s economic stranglehold. It has not even come to grow into being the medium of instruction in the country.

UP Manila student council statement described in Filipino, “It is part of globalization that the government and the US carry out to manufacture cheap labor in our country. Because of low nationalist consciousness, aggravated by the absence of job opportunities, there is a big chance that students would just go abroad instead of working in the country.”

Simon told Basilio, in Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo, “Ang wika ay repleksyon ng sarili nating paraan ng pag-iisip, hanggat meron tayong sariling paraan ng pag-iisip hindi tayo magiging alipin.” (Our language is a reflection of our own mode of thinking. For as long as we have our own mode of thinking, we would never be slaves.).

And, So much for Manuel L. Quezon’s words, “I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans, because however a bad Filipino government might be, we can always change it.”

It (government) is running like hell. So let us support the work at retaining the Filipino subjects, and the History and Filipino Literature in both highschool and in college and somehow bring about the change we need for our own (future) good. # nordis.net


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