Hundreds of different languages and dialects are spoken in the Philippines—roughly 170 in total—owing to the fact that the country has over 7,100 islands and there’s a subdivision of basic regional and cultural groups.
National Language Month—which translates to Buwan ng Wika—is commemorated annually during the month of August in the country. This year’s theme is "Filipino and the Indigenous Languages: Tools for Rediscovery and Creation," which translates to “Filipino at mga Katutubong Wika: Kasangkapan sa Pagtuklas at Paglikha” in Filipino.
Across the country, our local languages are integral to the identities of all Filipinos.
We commemorate National Language Month because it is a reminder for us to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. To recognize our origins and heritage. And to appreciate different groups and cultures.
A language is built around our culture—a product of the collective experience of the society in which it grows.
Schools typically hold events centered around the Filipino language to celebrate National Language Month, such as declamation competitions, collective oration contests, wearing ethnic tribe costumes, performing the country’s native dances, singing Filipino folk songs and playing traditional games.
The goal of National Language Month is to raise awareness of the need to preserve the use of native languages beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Our Language in Xillium
Our company uses English as its main language for communication—between our staff and our clients.
While this is the case, Xillium has branches in different parts of the country. This means that other local languages are used for efficient communication within our VMAs and our support staff. Some of these local languages are:
While we recognize the value of the English language, it is imperative that we continue to speak our regional dialects in our homes and communities in order to preserve them.
It is a time for us to promote appreciation of our local language, honor the different dialects in other parts of the archipelago, and to strengthen the nation's identity, culture, and legacy.
Liezel is a Xilium writer. She has a degree in literature and has spent years mentoring foreign students with their English communication skills in a remote work setting. Her academic involvement includes the development and revision of instructional materials and content. Her distance learning career honed her skills in communication, management, research, and technology.