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What National Language?

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By benignO

So where has this drive to institutionalise the national language gotten us so far? A fatter Filipino dictionary? Granted, a national language is a good thing (we just have to figure out why in practical terms) and there has been a significant increase in the number of Filipino-language publications and television shows. (Ok, let’s just use the word Tagalog for purposes of conciseness from here on that’s what Filipino essentially is, isn’t it)

But let’s analyse the quality of the information that reaches the majority of the people. Ask the average Filipino to name any Tagalog publication. What comes up? Abante. A Tagalog TV show? Palibhasa Lalaki (or whatever; they’re all the same). Tagalog books? You’ll get any one or two of hundreds of titles of those cheesy romance novelettes sold at every corner store. Tagalog material of an academic or literary quality above cheese and sleaze languishes in the dusty Filipinana sections of libraries and the low-customer-traffic areas of bookstores and on graveyard or early morning television timeslots.

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DepEd to use 12 languages for June classes

DepEd Order No. 16 s. 2012 issued Feb. 17, 2012, decrees that starting school year 2012-2013, the Mother Tongue-Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) shall be implemented in all public schools, specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3 as part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The MTB-MLE shall support the goal of “Every-Child-A-Reader-and-A-Writer by Grade 1.”

Nine hundred twenty-one (921) schools, reportedly, have been modeling MTB-MLE with support from the following: Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (Beam), Third Elementary Education Program (TEEP), Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP), and Save the Children and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL).

Starting with with the mother tongue or lingua franca in each of 12 initially chosen language areas (Chabacano, Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Kapampangan, Maguindanaoan, Maranao, Pangasinense, Tagalog, Tausug, and Waray), MTB-MLE shall be implemented in 2 modes: as a learning/subject area and as a medium of instruction (MOI).


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McEachern: Why Tagalog?

HOW did Tagalog become the basis of the national language?

I went home and looked the history up. Just out of curiosity.

During the Spanish time government bureaucracy was conducted mostly in Spanish.

However, given the persistently low level of knowledge of Spanish among the commoners (partly due to the lack of universal education until very late in the Spanish era), many of the Spanish authorities—especially the religious sector—learned Philippine languages. Around their main settlement, Manila, this was Tagalog. But in other parts of the archipelago, they learned the other languages too, which is why families of Spanish descent, like the Ortegas of La Union, can speak Ilokano today. Continue reading