Did you know that originally, President Sergio Osmeña set Buwan ng Wika to be celebrated from March to April? However in 1955, under President Ramon Magsaysay, Proclamation 186 was signed that designated the event to be celebrated from August 13 to 19, to coincide with the birth anniversary of President Manuel Quezon, also known as Ama ng Wikang Pambansa.
Under the administration of President Ramos, Under Proclamation 1041, a National Language celebration in the country is assigned and sets August as the month to celebrate Buwan ng Wika, instead of Linggo ng Wika. A month is too long but why do we even have to celebrate having our own, national language?
Besides a name, a currency, and a flag, a national language is one of the characters that make a country distinctive and respectable. Among Filipinos, it also plays an important role in bridging the communication gap between people who are divided by the native dialects they speak. As unique as it is, a national language adds a sense of identity to a country .
More Than School Activities
You probably remember joining declamations in school while wearing your Filipiniana or Barong Tagalog. And how your grade school teacher asked you to bring Filipino food in class. This has been the typical scenario in many schools in the Philippines in August. But despite the good intentions, the repetitive approaches to celebrate our language have also become the reasons why a lot of Filipinos have lost their interest in the occasion.
In our office our culture loving team rounded up 5 modern ways you can pitch in the celebrations and help share the importance of loving the Filipino language:
5 Modern Buwan ng Wika Celebrations
1. Support Film Entries in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Apart from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), you can express your support for the industry of creatives through the upcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP). Now on its second year, PPP has announced the lineup of Filipino films that will be exclusively screened from Aug. 15-21, in line with the celebration of Buwan ng Wika.
Among these include:
- Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi by Jun Robles Lana
- The Day After Valentine's by Jason Paul Laxamana
- Unli Life by Miko Livelo
- Bakwit Boys by Jason Paul Laxamana
- Madilim ang Gabi by Adolfo Alix Jr.
- Signal Rock by Chito Roño
- We Will Not Die Tonight by Richard Somes
Visit the PPP’s website, for more information.
2. Celebrate Literature at Philippine Readers and Writers Festival
Hosted by the National Book Store, the three-day annual fair features a range of activities - book launches and signings, panel discussions, workshops and more - that is enough to fill up your schedule for the entire three days.
The event has yet to announce who will headline the festivities. But, you can expect personalities who champion in literature including the likes of Mark Z. Danielewski and Pierce Brown, authors of the House of Leaves novel and Red Rising series, respectively.
The festival will run from Aug. 10 to 12 and will be held at Raffles Makati. Admission is free. For updates, visit National Book Store on Facebook.
3. Get Fit Together at Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run 2018
Tag your friends and take part in the upcoming Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run. Now in its third year, the fun run is a race meant to be enjoyed with your friends, families and loved ones. It is happening on August 19 at the SM by the Bay in Pasay and is for the benefit of the Mcares by Michaela.
The registration fees are as follows:
- 5K | P1,600 per pair
- 10K | P1,800 per pair
- 16K | P2,200 per pair
Registration fees are inclusive of a race bib, race shirt and a finisher medal. In addition, those who will register for the 16K run will also receive a finisher shirt.
4. Break the Stigma of Breastfeeding in Public at Hakab Na! 2018
Coinciding Buwan ng Wika is the World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month - and in celebration of the occasion, Breastfeeding Pinays - an online forum consisting of over 250,000 breastfeeding families - has once again hosted the annual simultaneous breastfeeding event, Hakab Na!
Now on its sixth year, the event gathered together thousands of participants - both mothers and breastfeeding advocates - in the move to end the embarrassment about public feeding. In 2017, Hakab Na! was participated by 4,775 mothers who latched their babies in over 25 different locations nationwide. The Manila leg held at the Araneta Coliseum had the highest number of attendees with 1,686 mothers and over 5,000 participants present.
Hakab Na! 2018 happened last Sunday, Aug. 5, from 8 am to 4 pm at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. It brought together an estimate of 1,500 breastfeeding women--some of them wearing tiaras and superhero shirts--as if representing their noble and heroic act.
5. Celebrate OPM at HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018
Discover what it feels like celebrating local music while getting drenched with water all night at the HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018! As it promises every year, the festival features some of the most celebrated artists and DJs who keep the crowd pumped up and partying non-stop until dawn - and this 2018, you can be confident that the party will only get better and more alive.
HYDRO Manila Music Festival is happening on August 18 at the SM MOA Concert Grounds. Ticket prices are as follows:
- P500 - Student
- P600 - Regular
- P1200 - VIP (inclusive of festival shirt)
Tickets will be available in all SM Tickets outlets. Visit HYDRO Manila on Facebook for the latest updates.
The Filipino language is a reflection of how rich the culture and heritage of our country is and these events and festivities are sure to give you new and fun ways to celebrate Buwan ng Wika.
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