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China divided over the common language


Free-wheeling and business-oriented, the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is a long way from Beijing physically, culturally and linguistically – and hackles have been raised by reports Communist authorities are demanding local television drop Cantonese in favor of Mandarin.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Komisyon ng Wika embarks on ambitious publication program

NATIONAL Aritst and KWF chair Virgilio Almario PHOTOS BY LESTER G. BABIERA

In connection with the celebration of Buwan ng Wika (Language Month), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) launched its publication series, Aklat ng Bayan, on Aug. 15 at the National Museum.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

UST documents in ancient ‘baybayin’ script declared a National Cultural Treasure

AERIAL shot the UST Miguel de Benavides Library Building, which houses UST Archives

Owing to their outstanding cultural value, two 17th-century baybayin documents from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Archives were recently declared National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP).

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The injustice to the cat


As exlained in the last episode, the cat is not included among the 12 animals in the zodiac. The rat had pushed the cat off the ox’s back on which they had both hitched a ride. And so the cat drowned.

Posted: August 24th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

KWF confab in Vigan tackles future of Ilocano language

MENA Pecson Crisologo’s dramas, published as a book

Ilocanos have brought their language to different corners of the world, notably Hawaii where there’s an active branch of the Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas (Gumil) writers group.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »