A few hours from now, it will be September. That means Buwan ng Wika (month-long celebration of Filipino Languages) will be over. For the past two weeks, I wanted to write a post in honor of Buwan Ng Wika or Linggo Ng Wika (depending on how long you want to celebrate it) but I have been too busy finishing up all my trimester requirements for grad school, i just couldn’t find the time for it. Nevertheless, as they say… huli man at magaling ay magaling pa rin… um, that’s not right …ano nga ba yon? …huli man ang matsing ay magaling pa rin? or huli man at magaling ay matsing pa rin? …oh, heck, di bale na…ingglisin ko na lang: Better on the last day than never!
(AFTER TWO HOURS OF THINKING…)
As it turned out, I have nothing to say pala! Haha! So I will just do what all bloggers do when suffering from ‘writer’s block‘ (or so they claim, hehe)—pose pictures instead!
Here’s to all things Filipino:
In schools, Buwan ng Wika is celebrated with programs, contests, fiestas, etc. It is an occasion to mainly celebrate Filipino languages but as it turned out, we celebrate anything that is traditionally Filipino. Students and teachers are tasked to wear Filipiniana costumes, too. Over the years, the only costume i can come up with during occasions like these was a malong draped over black t-shirt and jeans. Not very imaginative, I know but if I were to wear a Filipino costume for Buwan ng Wika, I would wear this:
…But not this:
If I were to eat a Filipino snack right now, I would like to snack on this great combo of crispy-thin ukoy (shrimp fritters) dipped in spicy vinegar and puto biñan:
…But not this (I haven’t tried balut or duck embryo and probably never will):
If I would want to see a Filipino movie right now, I would choose this (classic suspense 1971 film noir, Lilet by Gerardo De Leon-remake! remake!):
And this, too… 1961 ensemble fun movie, Beatnik (feeling nostalgic):
Before: At TLC eleven years ago, I was usually tasked to make stage decors and props for Linggo ng Wika (and sometimes, to host as well):
Now: Still doing it, a prop (100 peso bill painting on a 20″ x 60″ illustration board) that I made for Linggo ng Wika stage program at my practicum school eleven years later:
And lastly, if I were to try out a Filipino ride, I would try this (but not when I’m in a hurry, of course):
Maligayang Pagtatapos ng Buwan Ng Wika!