Every month of August, we celebrate "Buwan ng Wika" or Filipino Language Month. We highlight the importance of our native language and celebrate our Filipino heritage and our identity.
While English may be the universal language, Filipinos have several languages with distinct beauty and intricacies. And to celebrate and recognize the dialects from different islands all over the country, Legazy releases the WIKA collection. This shirt collection comprises six languages used in various regions of the Philippines. It features Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Bikolano, Ilonggo, and Bisaya.
Despite the diversity in language and culture across the nation, one can never deny the beauty of the Filipino language. Besides our charming accent, which is not general to be noted, what makes our language different from others?
- We are inclusive. We don't assign genders on our pronouns that make it easier to communicate. In the Philippines, we don't have the counterpart of "he and she". We use "siya at sila" for anyone instead, no matter what their gender is. We also refer to "husbands or wives" as "asawa o kabiyak".
- We practice respect for the elderly and strangers. While a simple "Magandang Umaga po!" can easily be translated to "Good morning!" and "Ano po?" to "What?", our usage of "po, opo, ho, and oho" transforms a phrase into a much polite and affectionate greeting.
- And lastly, we have words that could be lost in translation because it is best understood by Filipinos only. We convey specific emotions with specific terms such as "Kilig" and "Tampo". While we can translate the former to a happy and thrilling feeling, and the latter to a slightly disappointed and angry feeling, it is much more complicated than that because these words can only be associated or used with someone we like.
Every time we celebrate Buwan ng Wika, we honor the unity of Filipinos. We embrace and connect with different traditions and cultures. We see language diversity not as a communication barrier but as a way to take pride in our roots and identities.
WIKA Collection is Legazy's way of celebrating the richness of the flourishing Filipino culture. To empower the six most-spoken languages, Tagalog, Bikolano, Ilokano, Ilonggo, Bisaya, and Kapampangan, this month of August is an extension of the brand's vision.
We may speak different languages, but the Filipino blood binds us as a thriving unified nation.