Monument for Pangasinan language to be unveiled in Lingayen

MANILAThe Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is set to unveil a Bantayog-Wika monument in Lingayen, Pangasinan on Thursday, Dec. 6.

KWF language researcher Roy Rene Cagalingan said Bantayog-Wika monuments are physical representations of Philippine languages which they put up to help raise public awareness and promote the use of such communication modes.

"KWF continues installing and unveiling Bantayog-Wika monuments around the country since language is (an) intangible heritage we all must respect, preserve and protect," he said in a recent interview.

The monument to be put up at Center Aisle along Maramba Blvd. in Lingayen will represent the Pangasinan language which is among the country's major languages, Cagalingan added.

Among the Pangasinan officials KWF expects at the event are Governor Amado Espino III and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr.

Cagalingan said, "Continuous use of languages is necessary in preventing these from becoming extinct".

This year, KWF installed and unveiled its first Bantayog-Wika monument in Antique province for the Kiniray-a language spoken there.

KWF followed up such activity by installing and unveiling a Bantayog-Wika monument in each of Ifugao province; Davao Oriental's Mati City; Kalinga, Occidental Mindoro, Bukidnon, Bataan, Batangas and Surigao del Norte provinces as well as Baguio City.

Those monuments represent the Tuwali, Mandaya, Kinalingga, Mangyan, Binukid, Ayta Magbukon, Tagalog, Surigawnon and Ibaloy languages, respectively, according to the group.

Tagalog, Pangasinan, Bikol, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Pampanggo, Sebwano and Waray are the country's major languages.

Such languages and the country's national language Filipino are among 130 languages KWF reported documenting nationwide.

Cagalingan said KWF observed a sense of pride in areas where this agency installed and unveiled Bantayog-Wika monuments.

"We saw and felt the pride people there have for languages those monuments represent," he said, adding that KWF hopes to observe the same in areas where the agency will install and unveil Bantayog-Wika monuments in the future.

"Fostering pride helps elevate importance and action people give to protecting their languages," he said.

Earlier, KWF said installation artist Luis Yee, Jr. prepared the design for the stainless steel Bantayog-Wika monuments that feature ancient Baybayin letters cut with the use of laser technology.

These monuments are lighted from within so people can read those lines at night, KWF added. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency