The Philippine Star

KWF calls for free ex­hibit­mount­ing of ‘Filipino Ito!’

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The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) calls on in­ter­ested univer­si­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions to mount “Filipino Ito!,” a free ex­hibit fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent words from the na­tive lan­guages of the Philip­pines.

The ex­hibit aims to high­light the di­ver­sity of the na­tional lan­guage and the na­tive lan­guages of the Philip­pines. The 27 cho­sen words, rang­ing from vakúl of the Ivatans to the lépa of the Sa­mas, are al­ready con­sid­ered to be part of the na­tional lan­guage.

Philip­pine na­tive lan­guages, 130 as of KWF’s lat­est count, are rec­og­nized as in­tan­gi­ble her­itage that serve as de­pos­i­to­ries of in­dige­nous knowl­edge, cul­ture, and mem­ory.

Other words to be en­coun­tered are bánoy (Philip­pine ea­gle), buláwan (gold), malmág (tar­sier), payyo (rice ter­races), katarun­gan (na­tive word for jus­tice), and many more.

The ex­hibit has an in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment that de­sires to con­vey to the masses the in­clu­sive con­cept of the na­tional lan­guage, es­pe­cially to the Filipino youth.

It was first un­veiled at the Se­nate and Congress of the Philip­pines as part of Na­tional Lan­guage month.

KWF will lend the ex­hibit ma­te­ri­als for free. Re­quest let­ters should be sent to komisyon­sawika@gmail.com.

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