‘Buwan ng Wika’ is celebrated in the Month of August, where Filipinos have a weeklong celebration of the national language or also called as ‘Linggo ng Wika’. The language ‘Tagalog’ is founded by the President Manuel L. Quezon who is recognized as the “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa” or the Father of the National Language.
Tagalog, Pilipino and Filipino
The ‘Tagalog’ language was evolving through ‘Pilipino’ and up to present ‘Filipino’ language. In the Constitution no.134, on December 30, 1937, then President Manuel L. Quezon pushed ‘Tagalog’ as the national language of the Philippines.
On August 13, 1959, in the Constitution no.7 signed by Jose Romero, former Secretary of the Department of Education, the ‘Tagalog’ became ‘Pilipino’, and on the constitution in 1972, Article 15, Section 3, The National Language became ‘Filipino’ wherein it is called as The National Language in the present times.
This Buwan ng Wika, you might want to visit places that are rich in history. This month is perfect to travel back to good old times when and where our National Heroes were defending our country against the Spaniards.
Today, I list places that are perfect to visit this August. So, sit back and relax as I give you free tour to the Historical Places that are true witnesses of bloody war zones in the past; the century old churches; and famous landmarks.
- AGUINALDO SHRINE
This is where the Philippine flag was waved for the very first time. Aguinaldo shrine is located in Kawit, Cavite. In 1898, the Philippine flag was waved to symbolize the country’s independence. The memorable day happened at the home of the first and youngest President of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo.
The house was witness during the revolution where a bloody war had happened in the past. Presently, Aguinaldo shrine is now a famous tourist spot. What makes it more relevant and special? The architecture reveals how the young president act and think smart during the revolution because of the secret passages he created inside his house for the war. The house also highlights some artifacts that is useful for research purposes.
The place also called as the Walled City is located in the City of Manila. The structure is incredibly built and for the ages, the walls are still standing. Strolling around the walls of Intramuros will bring you back to the past, because of the Spanish colonial structures you might see around. The walls were built for defending the place against foreign invasions.
Aside for Intramuros, there are a lot more place you might want to visit like near Intramorus, there is Fort Santiago which is also rich in history. You can travel Intramuros by bamboo bike, ‘Kalesa’,or by foot.
- FORT SANTIAGO
Fort Santiago, also located in Intramuros is where Dr. Jose Rizal was held in prison before his execution. Fort Santiago was also a witness to the bloody war between Spaniards and Filipino revolutionaries. During World War 2, hundreds of lives were taken at Fort Santiago. Today, Fort Santigo is one of the most famous tourist spot that is rich in history.
Also known as ‘Luneta Park’, Bagumbayan is where Dr. Jose Rizal was executed after he fought for the country’s freedom against Spaniards through his novels, essays, and poetries on 1896. The Bagumbayan is now one of the favorite places for picnics, also there is a colorful dancing fountain inside the Luneta Park where you can enjoy during night time. Bagumbayan is one of the most respected National Historical Shrines of Jose Rizal in the Philippines, so learn to respect the place for the National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, located at Zamboanga Del Norte in Mindanao, this is where Jose Rizal wrote his ‘Me Retiro’, one of his famous poems. Also in Dapitan, Rizal stayed for four years of exile because he was accused for plotting a revolution against Spanish rule. At the present, Dapitan is now one of the most important landmarks in the Philippines that shared a big part of the history.
- LEYTE LANDING MEMORIAL PARK
“I shall return!” Are you familiar with this statement? These iconic lines are from General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte Gulf to free the Philippines from Japanese occupation on October 20, 1944. The monument was built to commemorate the historic arrival of MacArthur in Leyte. Now the monument is one of the most famous landmarks in the Philippines.
- BIAK NA BATO
Biak na bato is located in San Miguel, Bulacan. This is where the revolutionaries together with Emilio Aguinaldo established the place as the republic to be free from Spaniards. The Biak na bato are has a lot to offer aside for the history. The nature is perfect for nature lovers because there is hanging bridge near Biak na Bato great for sightseeing, clear river, and several caves..
- MACTAN SHRINE
The 65ft monument bronze shrine of Lapu-Lapu is located in Cebu. The shrine was built to honor Lapu-Lapu after defeating the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in Mactan 1521. The shrine plays a big part in history.
- CORREGIDOR ISLAND
One of the greatest headquarters of Filipino-American Forces who fought against Japanese Occupation during World War 2. This was built at the entrance of Manila Bay. During the Japanese Occupation, Corregidor Island was avoided by the Japanese because of the large canyons surrounded the place. Japanese are afraid to enter because of the brave soldiers that are ready to fight for the sake of the country. Right now, Corregidor Island is a must-visit when you are looking for the Historical Places.
- CALLE CRISOLOGO
The streets in Vigan would bring you back in Hispanic times, where one can see intricate architectures, cobblestones floors, transportation the ‘Kalesa’, and the vintage houses, All of these can be found on Calle Crisologo.
Vigan is known as the town of the most preserved Spanish Colonial Towns vigan plays a very important role in history. Also in Vigan, you can also try their delicacies like the famous ‘Vigan Longganiza”
Make sure before visiting the place; know important details of the place due to Covid-19. In NCR, August 6- 20 are placed under Lockdown and only authorized person can travel. Always wear your mask and follow safety health protocols. Safe travels and enjoy Buwan ng Wika with a Filipino Pride!