Proper use of national language urged during Buwan ng Wika celebration
The Tarlac State University, through the Pamantasang Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (PSWF), celebrated Buwan ng Wika today with a two-hour program highlighted by a speech from Tarlac City Mayor Cristy C. Angeles.
Themed “Filipino: Wika ng Saliksik,” the activity was held at the TSU gym and attended by hundreds of students from the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and the College of Education (COE).
Mayor Angeles, the event’s main speaker, urged the participants not to turn their backs on their national language by using them improperly.
“We should learn to use our Filipino language properly as we deal with its changes and evolution,” she said, adding that students should “refrain from using colloquial and slang terms like lodi, petmalo, repalodi and was ako datung.”
The mayor, who graduated from the College of the Holy Spirit, was the literary editor of her college publication.
Dr. Daisy Inalvez, head of PSWF, encouraged students attending the program to join the various contests to be held on August 24 at the amphi-theater in Lucinda Campus. These competitions are: malikhaing pagkukwento, dagliang talumpati, pagsulat ng sanaysay, and sabayang pagbigkas.
The celebration also featured performances by the TSU Performing Arts and the TSU Chorale; by Prof. Socrates Embesan and Education student Lyndsey Balboa (who sang a duet titled “Hanggang Ngayon”); and by Education students and siblings Raniell T. Lopez and Darshiell T. Lopez (with another duet titled “Tagumpay Nating Lahat”). [By Maria Adelaida D. Calayag, OPAI]