By: Luche O. Pilongo
Do students partake in the nation’s dream for unity? This can be answered by another question: how much importance does the school give to the country’s dream of nation-building? Every year, AISAT’s unceasing participation of the Philippine’s Language Month proves that it gives high premium to supporting the nation’s ways of resolving issues through coming up with national policies and programs. This annual event is a dreams in action with triangulated efforts from students, teachers and school as a whole.
Last August 2019, Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology celebrated Buwan ng Wika in observance to Proclamation No. 1041 with the theme, “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino”. Wikang Katutubo or Indigenous Language pertains to a language used by any Philippine ethnic group. Hence, this year’s theme encouragesdFilipinos to take care and nurture our native language. The goal of the event was to create understanding and unity using our native language and for students to value mother mother tongue in continually building and developing the country. This year, AISAT ensured a mirth and meaningful Buwan ng Wika which built companionship between and among Junior College students, class advisers, and faculty members –
Together with the JC moderators and faculty, the event was spearheaded by our Filipino teacher, Ma’am Shiela Mae Aparece.Different activities were prepared such as Sabayang Pagbigkas, Salitang Patula, Komposisyon ng Awiting Filipino, and especially the Lakan at Lakambini 2019.
The program started with a prayer, led by our Muslim friend, Asrap Ali of JC1-Cessna-. The event’s hosts, Sir Dwight Quino and Ma’am Kelly Ruth Serenio, JC Faculty members, made everyone cry and laugh with their exceptional chemistry as masters of ceremony which heightened the energy of the audience and participants of the said event.. In the search for Lakan at Lakambini 2019, everybody cheered as participants from different sections of the Junior College Department appeared one by one, showing off their creative attire with intricate designs and poise. It was then followed by Salitang Patula or Spoken Poetry and Komposisyon ng Awiting Filipino. Finally, the Sabayang Pagbigkas showcased the cooperation and teamwork of each JC section.
Everyone was indeed excellent and hardworking. AISAT Junior College students really proved their skills The winners for Salitang Patula, Komposisyon ng Awiting Filipino, Sabayang Pagbigkas came from sections Cessna and Piper, Mr Prince Varry Laureano from Section Airbus and Ms. Love Rovic Adug from Section Boeing were hailed as Lakan at Lakambini 2019. The overall champions were JC-1 Cessna and Piper that flared the unconditional love from their advisers Ma’am Mary Grace Tupas and Ma’am Maxine Lapura.
Whether win or lose, the most significant mark that every competition of the said event left was a challenge to everyone— amidst the instability brought by language diversity, how does one really become part of the nation-building? What ways can one may become part of to really involve himself to help have a better Philippines?
An individual answer to such challenge is also worth a celebration.