This year's theme: Filipino at mga Wikang Katutubo sa Dekolonisasyon ng Pag-iisip ng mga Pilipino. I believe it's no longer imposible to decolonize the thinking of Filipinos. A call Center agent like me speaks English and Spanish. In everyday life, I speak Filipino with local fellows and I speak Ilocano with my parents and relatives. Even Jose Rizal knew more than 20 langauages in his time. What I mean is, from our past, in our present and in the future, Filipinos will continue to speak English and other non-Philippine languages including French, Chinese, Arabic and more. I still consider Spanish as our own language even if its official status was irresponsibly removed by the idiot framers of the 1987 Philippine constitution.
The Supreme Court of the Philippines, in its final decision, Filipino and Panitikan subjects are no longer required in highher education. Hoping that in our future generations of Filipinos will continue to speak a better English and re-learn our own Spanish, among others.
Out of 187 languages in the Philippines, Dicamay Agta, Arta, Katabaga and Ata are now dead languages. KWF which mandated for the preservation of languages failed to preserve these Philippine langauages. Mainly because they are focused on the Filipino language.
Today, there are more 95% of Filipinos speak English as second language, around 40,000 speak it as first language. Compared to Filipino language where only 42 million Filipinos speak it as native speakers. Local Filipinos even prefer English than the Filipino language in a dissertation.
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