Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) is an annual celebration of Filipino as the national and widely spoken language in the Philippines. Initiated by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), it is a month-long observance from August 1-30 in both public and private schools by virtue of Presidential Proclamation Number 1041, s. 1997.
The Commission on the Filipino Language, or Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, is the official regulating body of the Filipino language and the official Philippine government institution tasked with developing, preserving, and promoting the various Philippine local languages. It was established in accordance with the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.
Within the month of August, various Filipino-related activities such as simultaneous pronunciation, poetry, essay writing competitions, slogan creations, and other folk performances are held. Hence, Buwan ng Wika is more than just a celebration and promotion of Filipino. It also highlights the appreciation of the country’s rich cultural diversity as well as the collaboration among government agencies and private sectors for language identity and civic awareness.
As of this writing, the Commission has not yet released the official theme for the 2019 Buwan ng Wika celebration. Bookmark this page and come back soon for the updates.