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Teaching Bicol children in their native tongue

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THE TWO books designed for Bicol kids.     WATCH TOWER PHILS./CONTRIBUTOR

    A technique tried and tested by the Department of Education has made learning fun for children: Reading stories through their native tongue.   In an effort to help Bicol-speaking children understand moral values better, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, through their legal arm, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of the Philippines Inc. (Watch Tower), [...]

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

CSC voids suspension of worker behind Pilipinas-to-Filipinas exposé

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CSC Chairperson Francisco Duque INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has declared “void” the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s (KWF) twin directives placing under preventive suspension the agency’s human resource officer who earlier blew the whistle on the KWF head for his unauthorized alteration of the country’s name from Pilipinas to Filipinas.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Did you know: National Language of the PH

On December 30, 1937, President Manuel L. Quezon announced that he had signed Executive Order No. 134 proclaiming a National Language for the Philippines. The executive order stated that the National Language would be based on the Tagalog language upon the recommendation of the National Language Institute.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

La Union, Pangasinan push ‘mother tongue’ to save local languages

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The La Union provincial government is going all-out in its campaign to preserve and promote its mother tongue.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pilipinas or Filipinas? Proofreader to blame

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guyito

A scapegoat has been found for the supposedly unauthorized alteration of the first letter of the country’s name from “P” to “F” in the official messages of four government agencies on the celebration of Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) in August.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Language mastery in Read-Along Caravan

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It’s good to be fluent in English, but nothing beats mastery of the mother tongue.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Language commission chief charged with faking documents à la Napoles

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almario

The former chair of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), Jose Laderas Santos, has assailed what he called the “Napoles-style of faking state documents” allegedly committed by current KWF Chairman Virgilio Almario as he also asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the irregularities committed by the National Artist for Literature.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US woman’s last name too long for driver’s license

This 2008 photo provided by Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele shows Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, right, and her husband Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele in Kamuela, Hawaii. AP

A U.S. woman’s last name is so long that she can’t get a driver’s license with her correct name. Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is fighting to make it happen.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Language body hit for text tampering

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almario

“Pasaway” (stubborn) was how Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco Duque III called the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) for tampering with the official messages of the CSC and three other government agencies on last month’s celebration of the National Language Month.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Preserving Cebuano and other languages

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August is National Language Month because it is the same month when the father of Philippine language, the late President Manuel L. Quezon, himself a Tagalog, was born.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Preserving Cebuano and other languages

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The Cebuano language is the first documented Philippine language when Antonio Pigafetta wrote down several words in his account of the Magellan expedition. Shown here is the kiosk of Magellan’s Cross, a famous landmark and veritable symbol of Cebu and of the Cebuano. FILE PHOTO

August is National Language Month because it is the same month when the father of Philippine language, the late President Manuel L. Quezon, himself a Tagalog, was born.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Flood of bad usage

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This last part of our series almost wrote itself. I made frequent notes as I watched TV or listened to the radio. The habagat (monsoon) brought its watery torment and, with it, a flood of bad usage of Filipino in the media.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Should language evolve without rules?

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Why are we so meticulous with our English and not with our own language?   Some of us who love language—especially English, and that includes me— worshipped at the feet of William Safire when he was living and writing (he passed on in 2009).   Others lament that there are no “Grammar Nazis” for Filipino. [...]

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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