MANILA, Philippines – Seventy-five years ago today, President Manuel L. Quezon addressed the nation in Filipino via radio. It was the first time that a President spoke on air using Filipino, which was declared the Philippines’ national language by virtue of Executive Order No. 134 issued on December 30, 1937.
When was the Filipino language declared?
On June 7, 1940, the Philippine National Assembly passed Commonwealth Act No. 570 declaring that the Filipino national language would be considered an official language effective July 4, 1946 (coinciding with the country’s expected date of independence from the United States).
When did Tagalog become the official language of the Philippines?
Upon the issuance of Executive Order No. 134, Tagalog was declared as basis of the National Language. On 12 April 1940, Executive No. 263 was issued ordering the teaching of the national language in all public and private schools in the country.
What was the official language of the Philippines before 1987?
Spanish was the official language of the Philippines from the beginning of Spanish rule in the late 16th century, through the conclusion of the Spanish–American War in 1898 and remained co-official, along with English, until 1987.
Is Filipino a dying language?
Not dying. But a lot of other languages in the Philippines have died off because of Tagalog. Many more languages are in the process of being diluted and outrightly extinguished as Tagalog imposes itself on native Philippine cultures.
Is Filipino a Romance language?
No, Tagalog is a Malayo-Polynesian language. Spanish, French, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, and Rumanian are Romance languages. Tagalog is related to Malay, Indonesian, Cebuano, Ilocano, and other Malayo-Polynesian languages.
What is the first language in the world?
World’s oldest language is Sanskrit. The Sanskrit language is called Devbhasha. All European languages seem inspired by Sanskrit.
Who is the official national hero of the Philippines?
On December 20, 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the Philippine government, decreed December 30 of every year a day of national mourning in honor of Rizal and other victims of the revolution. Henceforth, December 30 has been celebrated as Rizal Day.
Is learning Tagalog easy?
Basic Tagalog is rather easy to learn compared to other languages. However, it is quite different from English. It takes some time to get used to the language. … Not just to make learning easier and avoid guesswork, but also to learn what people really say in particular situations, and to make good use of your time.