The celebration of the Buwan ng Wika during the month of August is still one of the activities that make student life memorable. During this school event, students showcase their talents in dancing traditional Filipino dances in complete traditional Filipino costumes. I bet everyone got their foot hurt dancing the “tinikling” when they danced out of rhythm with the bamboos. Or looked forward to seeing the most popular male dance “maglalatik,” and the most popular Muslim dance “singkil.”
In addition to Philippine folk dances, students also spend countless hours memorizing kilometric poems for the choral reading. And equally busy planning a great choreography for their flock are the teachers, in order to bag the trophy for the choral reading champs and earning bragging rights to being the best choreographer and the choreographer to beat.
The famous “Balagtasan” also gets highlighted at this event. Balagtasan is a debate between two opposing sides where arguments are presented in a poetic manner, of course the language used is the national language which is Filipino. Balagtasan got its name from the famous poet laureate, Francisco Balagtas, who penned the romantic epic, Florante at Laura.