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I’ve just got wind from the blog mills of this truly unprecedented development: New Zealand is set to prescribe Filipino as a required study in its schools, making it the country’s second language after English. Being a Filipino I couldn’t help but say Great! They couldn’t have made a better choice! Then, quickly, the question, arises: why?? But then my even quicker answer would be why not poknat?
Anong mapapala nila dun? (What benefit would they get from it?) Oh, so much, actually. New Zealand is home to a highly valued crowd of professional Filipinos (13,000 at least while some estimates place them at more than 16,000). Bridging the language barrier between locals and the Filipino foreigners would certainly make their working relationship more friendly, efficient and productive. Indeed it would make New Zealand a little bit more like home for Filipinos, making them a less foreign to their employers. By mastering their language we derived so much from New Zealanders aside from financial rewards; they must figure it’s high time they derive as much from us.
The same, however, can be said of studying any language be it as prestigious as English or French or as obscure as any of the world’s minority languages. For as they say, the biggest gap between peoples is not distance but culture: and language is the bridge that connects that gap. In this light, maybe it’s high time too that Philippine educators begin teaching studes in Metro Manila some of the regional languages. That way they’ll derive as much cultural learning as their peers from the countryside who just moved in. Additionally it would enrich the national language further and faster, making it more facilitative of nation building in these globalized times.
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[Posted in JOURNEYIST]

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Joe Vizcarra is a Manila-based independent writer. With an A.B. degree in Communication Arts, his professional background includes writing for local TV news channels, a PR & marketing agency, and a national government agency.


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