Even with all the scares about COVID-19, the Filipino spirit never yields. The country remains strong and vigilant, finding ways to prevent the spread of the virus. Miss Universe Philippines released a video of all candidates of the national beauty pageant and we can’t help but feel proud to be Filipino.
Each contestant in this pageant represents a province or city in the Philippines. With our country being so diverse, each province and city has its own languages and dialects. Our beautiful beauty queens spoke their “sariling wika” (own language) in the video.
No matter what language she speaks, every Filipina is phenomenal.#missuniversephilippines2020 #sustainabletourism #beautifultransformations #inspiringwomenwithaction #beyondthecoastlines #onephilippines #teamphilippinesFor more Miss Universe Philippines videos, go to https://tinyurl.com/MissUniversePhilippinesINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/themissuniverseph/
Posted by Miss Universe Philippines on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. It is a version of the Tagalog language with Spanish and English influences. Most Filipinos would know the 9 major Filipino languages with the most number of speakers. These being Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Bicolano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), and Waray. These are not the only languages spoken in our country though.
There are less-widely spoken languages like the Ivatan language of Batanes or the Isneg language of Apayao. All of the Bisaya languages in the Visayas region like Romblonon, Capiznon, and others. We have the Muslim-influenced languages of Mindanao such as Maguindanaon, Tausug, and Maranao.
It’s easy to overlook all our diverse languages simply because the capital speaks Filipino and English. Quite frankly, there has been a lack of representation of all our different ethnicities. It’s 2020, everyone. It’s a new decade in this young century and new millennium. I think it’s about time Miss Universe Philippines brought the spotlight to our ethnic minorities. All Filipinos deserve to get their voices heard (literally).