New marker at Burnham Park honors Ibaloy language
BAGUIO CITY — The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on Filipino Languages) put up a ten-foot tall steel marker honoring the Ibaloy language at Burnham Park’s Ibaloy Heritage Garden on Wednesday.
The marker, dubbed the Bantayog-Wika, promotes the preservation of indigenous Filipino languages, according to KWF Commissioner Purificacion Delima.
“Language is intangible. The marker makes it tangible,” she said at the sidelines of a three-day language summit being held at the University of the Philippines Baguio.
The Bantayog-Wika for the Ibaloy language is the 10th such market to be installed nationwide.
Ibaloy is the third Cordillera language to have a marker. A Bantayog-Wika for the Tuwali language of Ifugao now stands at the Ifugao State University in Lamut town while a marker for the Ikalinga language of the Kalingas was put up at the Kalinga State University in Tabuk City.
Delima said KWF hopes to put up markers for all indigenous Filipino languages and will attempt to install 20 markers in 2019.
Ibaloy, Kalanguya, and Kankana-ey are the three indigenous languages spoken in Benguet province. /ee
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