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?