But What Does “Balay” Mean?
Students these days know that August is “Buwan ng Wika” which translates to “Month of Language” in the Philippines. This was proclaimed by then-President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997 and has since then been known as the National Language Month in the country.
The goal is for the Filipinos to appreciate their own language, and every August since then, the Commission on the Filipino Language (Kagawaran ng Wikang Filipino) holds nationwide activities in schools and universities throughout the country to promote and encourage the use of their own mother tongue.
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The theme for this year is “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan.”
The theme will serve as the guideline for activities to be held during the month, including speaking contests, slogan making, essay writing, poetry, cultural dancing, and even native singing.
Outside school, you can also take part in the celebrations. Let’s start with learning new ways to say the same thing: “Balay,” for instance, means “house.” Here are other translations in major dialects in the country:
Cebuano / Ilokano / Waray-Waray / Kinaray-a / Ibanag: Balay