Poet and singer transmit the language through chosen trades
- Desire of Filipinos: “Don’t forget your roots”
- Music and the arts play a big role in preserving the Filipino language.
- The Philippines celebrates “Buwan ng Wika” with a focus on over 187 languages in the country.
poetry and music
Since moving to Sydney in 2006, his love for his home country has deepened even further.
Rado Gatchalian and Rene Tinapay in their performance ‘TulaMusika’. Credit: TulaMusika by Rado Gatchalian and René Tinapay
Western Sydney singer/songwriter Rene Tinapay has been writing original Filipino songs for decades.
“With every word I say, they say they can sense I’m Filipino. So every time the audience hears my poetry, they’re inspired to speak Tagalog or Filipino,” Rado shares.
‘Buwan ng Wika’
“Often there were poetry writing and Balagtasan competitions.”
Speaking your own language is the best practice to preserve it. Credit: Provided by Rado Gatchalian
The Filipino Language Commission leads the annual Buwan ng Wika celebrations.
The Philippines has over 187 different languages, including Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Ilocano.
“Desiderata for the Filipinos”
“The best way to pass on our Filipino language to the younger generation is to speak it.”
Rado Gatchalian writes his own poetry about his love for country, language and culture. Credit: SBS Filipino
Just like what Rado wrote in one of his poems, “Desiderata para sa Pilipino”, “huwag kalimutan ang iyong pinagmulan, sa lupang sinilangan naroon ang iyong kaluluwa na huhubog sa iyong pangarap and kung saan ka patungo asang tao”. (“Remember where you come from, the country of your birth where your soul is, will help your dreams take shape and know where you are heading as a person.”)
Literature, arts and music are just some of the ways to further cultivate and enrich our language.