August is National Language Month
The month of August is celebrated annually in the Philippines as Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa (National Language Month). The observance this year, which is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1041, is led by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and is anchored on the theme "Ang Filipino ay wikang panlahat, ilaw at lakas sa tuwid na landas."
The festive Filipino spirit is in the air as Trinitarians celebrate this occasion with various festivities. For the elementary and high school students, the celebration falls on a Thursday or a Friday so as to balance academics and extracurricular activities.
The preschool students have their own literary musical show followed by the Fiesta sa Nayon - a festivity complete with dancing and singing and followed by a fellowship lunch by all preschool students with their parents and teachers.
Students from elementary and high school had fun playing unique filipino games such as bunong-braso, sipa, habulan, iskrabol, palosebo and many more. The elementary department had a literary musical show highlighting their hidden talents. It was a friendly competition among the contestants as they showcased their musical and dancing skills while their parents looked on.
And yes! There was the abundance of Filipino delicacies such as the suman, ibos, okoy, bingka, lumpia, turon and filipino other native delicacies that you can name of.
Elementary students paraded in their authentic Filipino costumes. The school was filled with a profusion of filipinianas designed in various styles, while the boys donned their barong tagalogs and other native costumes.
Amidst the glitter and the excitement of the celebration, what is most important is the appreciation of having our own Filipino language that sets us apart from the rest of the countries. Uniquely Filipino, we are proud to have our own identity through our national language and our authentic Filipino culture.