Month: August 2017

Kasaysayan at diwa ng Buwan ng Wika

Kasaysayan at diwa ng Buwan ng Wika Posted: 21 Aug 2017 MANILA, Pilipinas – Ginugunita ng Pilipinas ang Buwan ng Wika tuwing Agosto. Puno ng iba’t ibang aktibidad ang buwan bilang pagsaludo sa wikang Filipino at sa pagmamahal sa bansa. Kaakibat ng pagdiriwang na ito ang pagbalik-tanaw sa kasaysayan ng pambansang wika at ang mga hakbang upang itaguyod at paunlarin ito. Pagbuo ng pambansang wika Ang pagbuo ng isang pambansang wika upang mapagkaisa ang buong bansa ay mithiing nagsimula noong 1935, sa panahon ni Pangulong Manuel L. Quezon. Sa Konstitusyon noong taong iyon, iniatas sa Kongreso ang “magpaunlad at magpatibay ng pangkalahatang Pambansang Wika na batay sa isa sa mga umiiral na katutubong wika.” Napili ang Tagalog bilang batayan. Kalaunan, naiproklama ang wikang pambansang Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng Batas Komonwelt Bilang 570, na nagkabisa noong 1946. Noong 1959 lamang ito opisyal na tinawag na Pilipino. Upang maisaalang-alang ang iba pang mga katutubong wika, ang wikang pambansa ay pinaunlad muli simula noong 1973, at ito ay makikilala bilang wikang Filipino. Opisyal na idineklara ang Filipino at Ingles bilang mga wikang pambansa sa Saligang Batas ng 1987. Kasaysayan ng pagdiriwang Si Pangulong Sergio Osmeña ang unang nagdeklara ng pagdiriwang ng Linggo ng Wika. Mula 1946 hanggang 1954, ito ay ginugunita mula ika-27 ng Marso hanggang ika-2 ng Abril, alinsunod sa Proklamasyon Bilang 35. Pinili ang Abril 2 dahil ito ang kaarawan...

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Tula: Tagisan ng Talino

In honour of Buwan ng Wikang Filipino which is celebrated in August, we post this poem by UBC Professor Leonora Angeles which appeared in  Ethnographic Poetry and Social Research: Problematizing the Poetics/Poethics of Empathy in Transnational Cross-Cultural Collaborations   Author’s note: The poem Tagisan ng Talino above was originally dedicated to Professor Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, now University of the Philippines Vice-President for Academic Research, who introduced me to the joys of fieldwork and qualitative research methods, which I have been teaching myself for 16 years and counting.   Tagisan ng Talino ni Leonora Angeles May mga madaling araw pa ring ako’y nagigising sa pagdalaw ng mga pangitaing dulot ng ala-ala ng malalalim na gatlâ, hapís sa mukha ng mga nakasalamuha: manggagawa, maybahay, kargador, magsasaka at puta. Kitang-kita ko sa aking panaginip ang kulu-kulubot na mga kamay at brasong dinadaluyan ng galít na ugát na malapit nang sumukô sa walang katapusang hírap mula sa maghapong paggawâ sa kusína, kasa, búkid at pabrika. Damang-dama ko ang dantay ng putol-putol na daliri’t kamay na pinagtampuhan na ng pag-asa mula nang nakawin ng mapagsamantalang amo at demonyo ang tagni-tagning pangarap na hinabi sa sigla’t kalusugan ng nagdaang kamusmusan. Silang nagbigay kulay at katotohanan at inspirasyon sa maraming pananaliksik, pelikula at akdang pinalakpakan sa mga bulwagan, tanghalan at pamantasan. At pinuri mg mga kritiko sa pagiging: “makabuluhan,” “makatotohanan”, “sadyang malikhain,” “napapanahon,” “tunay...

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Jana Panem wins $10,000 Google scholarship

Updated: August 18, 2017, 5:45 PM Her school also gets $10,000 technology award By Ted Alcuitas A Grade 11 student at Toronto’s  Madonna Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario has won the $10,000 university scholarship Doodle 4 Google award for 2017. Jana Sofia Panem’s ‘doodle’ will now be Google’s website image since last June. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, Madonna Catholic Secondary School will reeived  a $10,000 technology award. Jana is the daughter of Jesse Panem, an Ontario Certified Teacher(OCT) who is a secondary school teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board- TCDSB. Following a very close public vote, where Canadians voted more than 400,000 times, the winners were revealed  at the Art Gallery of Ontario. On June 14th, Canadians enjoyed Jana’s masterpiece on the homepage. Google Canada is also honoured to award her with a $10,000 university scholarship and a $10,000 technology award for her school. As part of her prize, Jana will get to join Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of YouTube’s AsapSCIENCE  in their studio and help draw their next video! This will be an especially lovely treat for Jana, who has a YouTube channel of her own where she shares her animations. National Winner and Grade 10-12 Group Winner  A Bright Future Jana Sofia Panem Toronto, Ontario In her energetic doodle, Jana sees “that wind power will be an alternative energy source...

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Buwan ng wikang Filipino

Philippines      Editor’s note:  August is celebrated as Language Month in the Philippines. This article by Thinking Machines is instructive in light of the debate as which is the correct way to call the Filipino language. Recently Statistics Canada released new findings on languages spoken and ‘Tagalog’, as has been commonly called, is again identified as the Filipino language. We hope this article will shed some light on the issue. Please tell us what you think. The language landscape of the Philippines in 4 maps August 10, 2016 If you were to randomly pick two people from anywhere in the Philippines, there’s a roughly 76% to 84% chance that they grew up speaking different languages. This is based on the country’s Greenberg Linguistic Diversity Index, which estimates a place’s linguistic richness on a scale of 0 to 1. A place in which every person speaks a different language would have a diversity index of 1, while a country in which every person speaks the same language would have an index of 0. While the language website Ethnologue pegs the country’s diversity index at 0.84 or 84%, our own computations based on data from the 2010 Philippine Census puts the figure at around 76%. Even at the lower figure of 76%, the Philippines would still be more linguistically diverse than as many as 190 other countries. This remarkable fact...

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Professor wants Filipinos to own the telling of our histories

Toronto, Ontario The Ethics of Honouring Other Lives The Philippine Reporter Community Opinion & Analysis Aug 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm Dr. Robert Diaz By Dr. Robert Diaz Assistant Professor University of Toronto I moved to Canada six years ago and, for the most part, I’ve lived a life that seems unimaginable for an immigrant with roots in the Philippines. I work as a faculty member at the University of Toronto. I teach, mentor, and collaborate with Filipinos whose lives continue to inspire me. I’ve been welcomed into the doors of higher education, a place which always seems to let only a few of us in and with conditions upon allowing our entry. This life I live, then, is not just a source of pride. It is an ethical call to do more for those whose versions of an optimal life, whatever that may be, are often deferred and even denied. I’m painfully reminded of this fact as I walk around a university where I rarely see people that look like me on the staff, unless they are serving coffee, food, or cleaning the hallways of the institution. I’m reminded of this truth when Filipino students brim with excitement as they come across Filipino characters in novels or films we encounter, often for the first time in their lives. I’m reminded of this reality when these same students discuss...

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