BSU marks International Mother Tongue Day

BSU marks International Mother Tongue Day
By Cheny E. Santizas (BS Development Communication, BSU)

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/22 February)— Bukidnon State
University, Malaybalay City held its first Bukidnon Literary- Musical
Production in celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day last
February 21, at the university gymnasium.

The activity was headed by the Language and Letters Department of the
College of Arts and Sciences with the theme, “Upholding the Bukidnon
cultural heritage through language and literature.”

The presentation includes storytelling, poetry readings and song
renditions in plain Binukid language. There were also performance
presentation of popular tribe dances such as Dugso, Pamula, Panalaga
and Binukid Dances. It also highlights the Higaonon love story and the
Binanog dance. All these were performed by the students who displayed
keen interest to promote the local culture.

“The objective of the celebration is to promote the local language of
the IP’s or indigenous people and preserve its culture in the province
of Bukidnon,” Dr. Hazel Jean Abejuela, one of the event coordinators,
said after the activity. She added that the Bukidnon Literary- Musical
Production will be conducted annually in Bukidnon State University.

This local activity is said to have an international significance as
the world also commemorates the death of students in Dhaka, Bangladesh
who struggled against discrimination for the free use of their mother
language Bengali. The struggle ignited in February 21, 1952 when
students were killed by Pakistani police officers during the Bengali
language movement protest in the University of Dhaka.

Years later, in November 1999, the United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the annual
celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21 which
started the following year. Through a resolution (A/Res. / 61/266) in
2009, UN also promoted the “preservation and protection of all
languages used by people of the world.” (http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/)

For this year, the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova stressed
that, “the language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most
valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality
education for all in promoting inclusion and combating
discrimination.” (Special to Bukidnon News)

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