It's Buwan ng Wika.

United States
August 19, 2010 12:38am CST
I'm guessing that many schools are forcing kids into doing some kind of poetry, singing, wear old school Filipino clothing, poster art, etc, etc, etc in their school program again. Just like every year kids are forced to do these things even if they don't know what they are for. Most of them think it's for grades so as long as they participate it becomes its okay. And also that the school funds can be justified. Do you think Buwan ng Wika means a lot to a kid who is only concerned about their grades? I'm not angry at schools but I'm just saying that most of the kids like me didn't care much about the buwan ng wika but the extra credit the teacher will give us. What do you think of jejemon? I think jejemon is not only filipino, I saw some of my malaysian friends who type like them, I conclude its worldwide. In further research I found out it is called sticky caps which started a long time ago.
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@kd_fmay (555)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
Hello! It is in school curriculum that yearly we will celebrate our national language, so we need to comply on it. I believe that teachers explain the importance of the said celebration. Really grades matter because they are in school. Participation = Grades. No participation no grades. I'm sad you didn't care much about the celebration for our national language. As a Filipino we should be proud we have our own language, it's our IDENTITY. We need to celebrate it yearly. I hope as you grow old, in your journey in life, this will be matter to you. I'm proud to be Filipino!
• Australia
19 Aug 10
I'm proud to be a Filipino. I've been to a number of countries and whenever someone asks me my nationality, I always tell them I'm a Filipino. In fact, when I studied abroad, I taught some of my friends how to speak Filipino. But the sad thing is, I am not that fluent in speaking Filipino because when I was in school, even teachers themselves are not that good in the dialect (I'm from a non-Tagalog region). And Tagalog was not always used in school. So, one time when I joined a Bible study in Filipino, I felt sleepy because I am having a difficulty in understanding the theological terms. I just wish that schools will emphasize the importance of speaking and appreciating the languange and not solely encourage students to comply to the curriculum.
@kd_fmay (555)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
Hello eden! Let's make it general when we say "Proud to be a Filipino". It's okay if we are not fluent in Tagalog... As long as we acknowledge our identity we are in. Have a self study or self improvement if you want to speak in Tagalog fluently. Good day to you!
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
Of course, you don't have to be fluent in tagalog just to be proud of being FIlipino, at least know it's history. besides, there's a lot of Filipinos who's so good in tagalog but wants to migrate abroad and doesn't want to come back to the Philippines. there should be a motivation or an event that would filipinos more proud in a world wide scale.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
Not forcing. It is part of their activities. As a Filipino as if you are not happy that we are celebrating that month for us. God Bless.
• United States
20 Aug 10
I'm not happy that school kids celebrate it meaninglessly for the sake of good grades. It is fun but it's not that educational or meaningful culturally. God bless.
• Philippines
23 Aug 10
Thats what you think, but I think otherwise.
• United States
23 Aug 10
It's a fun month. I enjoyed being out of the classroom, doing something else with my classmates, extra credit opportunity even if you lose, I miss my high school days.
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
I remember during my high school days when it's 'buwan ng wika' we are not allowed to speak in english, only tagalog words. If we did we have a point deduction on our quizzes. And also we have different programs like folk songs and folk dance. I had participated in carrying a "lampara" and walking throughout the school while we were in a filipiniana costume. We also had our Mr. and Ms. 'Lakan' and 'Lakambini' contest. I really enjoyed those times, it was nice to celebrate our own values and cultures. We should celebrate it not just because of the incentives that our teachers gave us, but with the true meaning of the occasion which makes us a real filipino.
• United States
20 Aug 10
I agree with with you.
20 Aug 10
yes, and such things if you are not ready for it. don't worry, issue can be a big problem.
• United States
20 Aug 10
What do you mean by not ready?
@MeNme1 (125)
• United States
19 Aug 10
Buwan ng Wika. I grow up in the Philippines but could not remember it. Maybe because the countryside schools are not really celebreting it. I think this event will highlight the things about the language. This could be fun. The children will learn more aside from what they read in the books. Language is also the life blood of the country. Hmmm, for the kid who is only concern about grades. I think it means a lot to him/her because he/she will get extra grades. He/she will probably think about it as a bonus point.
• United States
19 Aug 10
Maybe it's time for you to learn more about the Filipino. I don't know how you would do it but you should try.
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
i dont think buwan ng wika celebration is a must but it has been tradition and people are following it and teachers also look forward to that cause they are also happy there will no classes. I think a kid is not concerned with his grade. After all, he is only a kid and when he grows older that's the time he is going to be concerned.
• United States
19 Aug 10
I think kids there are concerned with grades because they will be in trouble if they didn't do good in school. When I was a kid I always worry about my grade because my parents have high expectations from me. i felt the pressure when I was a kid.
@jerikjames (1045)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
My nephew is going to dance a filipino folkdance! Anyway, I think our whole school lives are about being forced to do stuff like activities for 'Buwan ng Wika'. I believe we would just later realize what they actually are for. When we do them, we think that it's just for the grades. But later on what we did will be embedded on our subconscious, hence, we really learn from them.
• United States
19 Aug 10
yeah I guess it stays with us for some time, the meaningless dances, rhyming poetries,etc, etc, etc, and then we will realize that we didn't know what they were for but that is unlikely to be the concept of it unless discussions like these are brought up again or someone reminds us that it actually meant something. Even elders care less about the history but their children's grades and how to impress their teachers.
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
yes! it's buwan ng wika again... but I don't think that the schools are forcing them to do the activity and the kids are forced to join because of the extra grades they'll get. I don't agree with you that they are forced to do it. But it is still included in the Academics.and you know that, the activity is not done year round. You know parents and pupils are delighted to have part in the activity. This enhances the hidden talents of their children, all also it promotes camaraderie to their peers. They are not force, but they are encourage to join. How will the teacher give rewards to children? of course by merely give extra points to their grades. You know that in the class record 15% of it will go to their performance output? An honor pupil also needs to join such activity like this because it is also a part in computing their final grades, especially if the competition is very stiff. I hope you will be enlighten about this.
• United States
19 Aug 10
To me, forced and encouraged are the same thing. First, the teachers give you the incentive of extra credit, it is only a once a year activity, your parents will tell you to join for they are extra credit, then your friends also tell you to join(peer pressure), and like you said its part of the final grading so all in all its required. Required means it has to be done so technically it is forced unless willing. Well, it is fun I have participated in these activities when I was in high school. You had some good points, about discovering talent though but that was obvious, thank you anyway.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
You are really only a kid so you have a long way to go to learn the truth about the world...For example, Marcos is a ruthless dictator not a hero.
• United States
19 Aug 10
What? Everyone knows Marcos was a dictator and not a hero. He wasn't on the hero pictures sold by random retailers in school. I admired Marcos's infrastructure because it worked and not his dictatorship. Nobody likes dictatorship. As a kid like you said, I know very little truth about the world like the Balangiga Massacre, the British introduced us to the English language and not the Americans, President Aguinaldo ordered the assassination of Andres Bonifacio, Aguinaldo's men also killed Antonio Luna, Our first hero is a Muslim,etc, etc, etc and other things I didn't learn when I was still in school. I hope the older folks around me knew much more. What are the truths I haven't learned yet? Please tell me more so I can be proud of you. I even know some American, and Mexican history. In the Philippines, in elementary and in high school, the history were not really complete if not summarized, most of it is hidden and forbidden in school for they might change our views about our country. I am interested in the truth you were saying so please enlighten me. have a nice day.
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
lingo wika - children and adults using saya costume
Hello Gorilla, [b] Month of the FIlipino Language[/b]. for me at least, it's very important for children to experience this because for once they get to do things that has something largely to do with Filipino Culture, including the dress. i don't know in this time, since new words are being made even the jejemon thing.they should anticipate it, it's sad if they don't give a damn about the program any more.
• United States
19 Aug 10
I guess these school activities will has become a big part of our lives since most of us participate or experience these things when we were kids. It has become more of a school tradition which eventually becomes part of our culture as well but the sad thing is that kids don't really care about what these things meant. Now it is mostly extra credit for the most part, and also the fun of being out of class participating in these activities, especially with friends.
@kristeena (358)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
August is the celebration of "Buwan ng Wika". If the children do not appreciate the meaning of this program but only doing this for their grades,it means the patriotic spirit as Filipinos is not being felt by the children. They do not understand why this celebration is going on. As Filipinos, we should be proud of our language although we are not using it here on mylot.
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
Buwan ng Wika is celebrated every august ... Once in a year, for us Filipino know what is importance of our language... It's not about the grades but then the teachers doing such things because students like me :D will not participate if there's nothing advantage in that kind of celebration :)
@romzz05 (573)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
I actually like and enjoy Linggo ng Wika. I enjoy watching traditional dance and music. I just dont like wearing those traditional costume. Im a big girl and its hard to find those costumes. But i think i enjoy UN celebration more.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
back in my school we are instructed to talk in Tagalog (the primary Filipino Language) not in our dialect (Pangasinense) the whole month are will be fine a peso for every word spoken that is not Tagalog. But i find the festivities (contest) fun, I join the "sabayang bigkas" with Passion and we usually win it every time.
@lfloresca (116)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
Yah, I think your right other most of the students participate in buwan ng wika just to have additional grade same in high school.
@cheravs (621)
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
I agree it's all about grades to this kids nowadays. My cousins who are still students are kinda busy looking for this costumes they are going to wear but when I ask them "sino ang ama ng wikang pambansa?", one of them can't answer this simple question, ha? are you kidding me? Well, is this students or teachers fault? I hope Manuel L. Quezon will not get mad because kids knows everything about justin bieber than him... And thanks for 'sticky caps'
@eden_shii (508)
• Australia
19 Aug 10
I went to a department store today and I saw quite a number of parents buying traditional clothing for their kids. When I was still at school, I comply to the teachers requirements just for the sake of getting good grades. I am always active in school activities even in Buwan ng Wika. And the sad thing, I am still not that good in our very own language because I didn't took it seriously. I think, celebrating Buwan ng Wika means more than buying those clothing or poster. Just like training kids in speaking English, schools should also emphasize the usage of Filipino language especially in non-Tagalog speaking regions. Regarding the jejemons? Well, I do respect if they opt to use those sticky caps. However, I always find it hard to read their messages. Just for their own sake, may they stop doing it so that they won't forget the correct spelling of certain words. ;-)