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May 11, 2008

Kapampangan Language Day now official

The Center for Kapampangan Studies' proposed resolution to Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Pampanga) was approved, and will be officially announced on Saturday, where Kapampangan poets from all over the world will gather at Holy Angel University to celebrate the Kapampangan Language, crown three US-based Poet Laureates, and launch the librung kawatasan/poetry book of Renato Alzadon (of Capas, Tarlac, but based in USA), Kasapunggul A Sampaga.

These are the highlights of the resolution:

1. Every final Friday of August (Language Month), "Aldo Ning Amanung Sisuan" (Mother Language Day; amanung sisuan literally translates to 'language/word from which one suckled,' and it's how Kapampangans poetically call their mother tongue) will be observed, starting this August 2008.

2. A Provincial Language Council was created to head the celebration. It will be the task of the council to "spearhead initiatives at saving and promoting the Kapampangan language."

3. The selection of Poeta Laureados (Poet Laureates) annually will be institutionalized, and every Poet Laureate will be honored Provincial Artist (something like National Artist), and will be "provided the rights and privileges as determined by future legislation."

This is good news for Kapampangans! However, the devil will be in the details and in the execution of the annual event. The good thing is, we have penetrated the walls of the Tagalist Buwan Ng Wika. Bit by bit, we will hope to conquer its fortress. As an independent cultural worker, I can only take advantage of the occasion, by increasing the "value" of my Kapampangan-related projects during Aldo Ning Amanung Sisuan and make the Provincial Language Council support our Kapampangan-related projects (such as the upcoming Kapampangan TV series, which is now 100% sure to be produced).

Because it is in August, schools in Pampanga will be involved in this celebration. But I have a question: since Angeles City is a chartered City (not governed by Pampanga), does the resolution apply to it as well?


rovs7 said...

Poilitics why Pampanga doesn,t govern Angeles because they elect their own Mayors to run the city government for more progress and development that will not only benefit Angeles but the entire kapampangan region.But this is not happening it's the other side of the coin.They are alienating our own city to the kapampangan people and they make foreign into our own land.If this will be the case it's better not to have a city which will divide the people within the heart of Pampanga.Law of men are not perfect.They are made to fit the individual needs and common ineterest and most of the time self-interest and greed.Laws can be changed and this will depend on proper qourum and guidance of the almighty.

Bryce said...

Very interesting to hear about Kapampangan Language Day...

You might find this to be a great site in Kapampangan:

Kapampangan wiki browser

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