FILIPINO: MY SUBJECT, YOUR SUBJECT, OUR IDENTITY
Once, twice, thrice, nor many times. “You will never do any mistakes, as in never once, twice, thrice, nor many times,” said one mother. It is so easy. “It would easy, It is so easy,” said one classmate. A minor one. “That’s just a minor one, don’t worry,” said one student. Looks might be deceiving, words also. First of all, it’s not easy. Second, it’s too impossible not to commit any mistakes. And lastly, it’s not just minor, remember the saying “small but terrible.”
Filipino, the widely used and also the national language of our country, Philippines. Three to four years since you’re existed in this world, I think you know how to talk words in Filipino even in a stammering way. But you know it is called as “Tagalog”. And when you started entering school, a subject introduces to you. It is named after our most precious language, Filipino. Commonly from elementary you have learned all about speaking, just like parts of speech etc. Then you suddenly realize that your language is named as Filipino and not Tagalog.
I’ve met many students but only few of them - 1/ 100, said Filipino is a difficult one. Happy to hear this but as they think that Filipino is an easy subject, they also think that they can pass the subject just only by sitting in a corner and listening without comprehension - letting the words enter on their right ear and letting them exit on the other side. Despite of this things, I will keep in mind those students who gave joy in my teaching experience, those students you are willing to learn about our country and our language. Those students who are always enjoying studying especially in Filipino. I always thank God for those students who never as in ever tiring learning. I always thank God for those students who are one of kind; those students who will be called as “Philippines Most Finest Students.”
In a teacher’s life, there are ups and downs. In our lives, students are our most precious gifts, especially those students who appreciate our work - who study hard. I’ll never let a student graduated or moved to his/ her next level without appreciating the beauty of learning what is proudly raised and made on his/her own country. I will be the one who will make every students “Philippines Most Finest Students.” It is minor yet incredible. It is easy yet cool and classy. Teachers are the makers of the most finest learners. “Filipino is our language. Filipino, that’s what you are. I fully learned how to be a Filipino!” What a good thing to hear from a student.
— oOo— The author is Head Teacher I Designate at Camachiles National High School, Division of Mabalacat City