First Bahay-Wika in the country opens in Ayta Mabukun tribe

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  • Raffy C. V.
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ABUCAY, Bataan – The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino chairman Virgilio S. Almario, Governor Albert S.
Garcia and Abucay town Mayor Liberato Santiago yesterday led the inauguration rites of Bahay Wika for indigenous people in the upland village of Bangkal, this town
NCCA chair Almario said the opening of Bahay-Wika, the first of its kind established in the country, is for the cultural preservation and enhancement of Ayta Magbukun language used in several tribes in Bataan.
Almario, a renowned national artist, explained the significant role of Bahay-Wika as a breeding ground for upgrading the rich cultural knowledge and intellectual language proficiency of the indigenous people which is endangered from extinction .
The Bahay-Wika program of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino is one of the language Immersion programs purposely intended primarily to enhance and for language revitalization in the country.
Chairman Almario said out of the 131 languages in the country, about thirty of them are classified as endangered vernaculars and the establishment of Bahay –Wika would energize the concept of motivating the cultural minorities from exploring the protective mantle of enriching their historical past.

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