When I was young, I could vividly remember the greenery that surrounded me. My unrestricted imagination saw the Philippines, my home land, as a nest filled with a mixture of culture, diversity, and life. As I became older, I began to appreciate the complexities of my culture, but more importantly, the fact that I am able to speak Tagalog.
Tagalog is the main language of the Philippines, in spite of many other dialects the country has, such as Bikol and Cebuano. Tagalog keeps the nation, my family and my community united. This language is what we use everyday at home, at work, and in our community. With this language, we easily and freely express ourselves, and what we feel towards others, making communication easier.
Some parts of the county in the Philippines speak different dialects, but in order to maintain unity in communication, Tagalog was declared as the national language. The dialects spoken are less similar to Tagalog, and thus less mutually intelligible between one another as compared to other European languages that are classified as being separate. As you travel to different places in the Philippines, you will not have to worry if people will understand you or vice-versa because there’s the overarching Tagalog language to use. You will be able to work in any part of the country and communicate with the locals as long as you speak Tagalog.
(Photo courtesy of Fina Rimando)