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  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 09:12 PM

The return of the mother tongue

Randy David / Philippine Daily Inquirer
As a native speaker of Kapampangan, I look forward to the literary resurgence that the return of the mother tongue to our schools may trigger. The writing of teaching materials using our indigenous languages will definitely spawn a renewed interest in local history and culture. It will instill pride in our beginnings, and hopefully lift our nation from the morass of demoralization in which it has long been stuck.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:20 AM

12 major Phl languages to be used as mediums of instruction

Rainier Allan Ronda / Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - Twelve major Philippine languages will be used as mediums of instruction in public schools from kindergarten to Grade 3 starting next school year. The move is part of efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd) to boost its Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) program aimed at raising student competency.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 05:46 PM

Filipino’s mothers

Michael L. Tan /
I’m getting more reports of up to four levels of a language hierarchy in some parts of the Philippines. As an example, I’ll use Ibanag, a language used in the Cagayan Valley. Ethnologue, a database of languages throughout the world, lists 500,000 speakers of Ibanag, not a small number. But that figure dates back to 1990, and I wonder if the number of Ibanag speakers has declined...
  • Apr 30, 2011
  • 01:00 AM

Pinoy Kasi: ‘Binisaya’

Michael Tan /
For today’s column, I want to focus on the language aspect. There is a tendency, among non-Visayans, to think of “Bisaya” as one language when in fact there are at least 16 languages listed by the Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Ethnologue as spoken in the Visayas alone.