Every year, we celebrate the Filipino language on the month of August. We go back to our roots, we enrich our knowledge on our language, and we remember the sacrifices that our ancestors made for us to have our own language.
We are welcoming the month of August this year with the theme: “Wika Natin ang Daang Matuwid.”
Kung una mo maririnig ang tema ng Buwan ng Wika sa taong ito, isiisipin mo “Parang may kulang.” Hindi ito tulad ng mga nakaraang tema kung saan may tugma at tila ibinibigay na agad ang lahat ng impormasyon ayon sa tema.
Ngunit sa taong ito, hinahayaan na tayo mismo ang mag-isip n gating sariling interprasyon sa tema.
Ating suriin ang mensahe ng katagang ito. Bakit nga ba naiugnay ang daan, sa wika? Siguro ang unang sumagi sa utak mo ay isa ito sa mga adhikain ni Pnoy. Pero, yun ngalang ba ang rason?
Though we are reminded yearly of the Wikang Filipino, sometimes we still tend to take our language for granted. Some of us are more fluent in English than our own dialect. This should not be. We should express ourselves with respect to the heroes we praise and study about.
We should continue the legacy of our ancestors. We should be aware that we have the responsibility to fight for our right to speak. And that we must speak our rights in our own language.
As said above, when August comes along, we go back to our roots. That is what we need to do. Go back to our Filipino roots where spirit of bayanihan, our natural hospitality, and our love to lead and to serve for others prevail. Our language is so rich in history, and not using it would be turpitude.
Our language was once a symbol for freedom. It made us free of the foreign countries who took over us. We do not anymore use their language, but our own.
This time around, our language is a symbol for the straight path that we wish to walk on. The straight path which will lead us to worthwhile victory. Let us remember our language’s history, and take in the importance of the Wikang Filipino.