The national language is every country’s identity, but what is the language of Filipinos? What’s unique in every country is its distinct national identity. One of the representations of national identity that can be so interesting to talk about is language. Some countries have the same official language like Spain, Mexico, Peru and other most Latin American countries, where they use Spanish. While others have two or more official languages like Belgium which are Dutch, French and German.
The Philippines and the Filipino language
Official Languages: Filipino and English
National Language: Filipino
Regional Languages: 120 up to 187 regional languages
The term Filipino signifies the people of the Philippines. They are either: naturally born to Filipino parents (by blood), born in Philippine soil or territory(by birth), or as foreigners, adopted thru judicial act with benefits just as a native-born Filipino(by naturalization).
Filipino is also referred to as the national language of the Philippines, as well as their official language alongside English. It is based on the Tagalog language which is widely spoken in Luzon area. The title Filipino came from the Spanish term “las Islas Filipinas” or the Islands of the Philippines. Given by the Spanish priest and explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in honor of Philip II, King of Spain.
The language of Filipinos
Although it’s common that countries may have the same language with one another, that doesn’t mean to say that they are identical in a way people from those countries think, act, and behave on situations. Simply because there are still a lot more factors that shape up a nation’s identity such as cultural background, geographical location, society and so on.
The Tagalog language is the non-standard form of Filipino. The word “taga” means “from” or “native of” and “log” stands for “river”. The oldest written record of Tagalog is “Laguna Copperplate Inscription”, which dates back to 900 CE. The writings on the plate demonstrate pieces of other languages of the surrounding islands such as Javanese, Sanskrit, Old Malay, and Old Tagalog.
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Why learn Filipino?
As mentioned, the national language is mainly our national identity. Communicating in Filipino language among native Filipinos within the Philippines or abroad is the driving force behind a nation’s unity. Not only we take pride in our heritage but also we give due respect to our motherland.
The deep history of the Philippines prior to the arrival of western explorers up to the world wars tells how our native mother language survived. If we teach our young generation starting at home in preserving the Filipino language, we give them the opportunity to value their nationality. Finally, our young ones will do the same to the next generation when we show them how. So any idea now what the language of Filipinos is?
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