August is National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika) in the Philippines.
This student-geared annual celebration highlights the importance of the National Language (Filipino) to our identity and culture and promote it as a medium of communication.
For the grade school pupils it is when the ”Speak in English” sign is put to rest and classmates become instant Filipino orators, declaimers and slogan makers. For the parents, it is when they scavenge around to find mini native costumes that would fit their kids.
This is what my sister-in-law accomplished for my nieces…
The best of course (which I rate 3 thumbs up) is my nephew’s native costume…
He was the only winner of BEST COSTUME, besting all the other gradeschoolers and highschoolers.
Ignoring the fictitious tattoo and ”misleading” arrow, which reflect how humorous my family can be, I think he deserves the award. Such bravery from a little boy to perform without shame, half-naked in front of the entire school!
I like to believe that we are of ”royal” blood considering that my grandfather is one of the wisest elder of our tribe once known for our fiercesness in war and headhunting.
So this little boy, who everybody thought was in costume, was actually wearing his real clothes. And the everyday clothes he wears, are just his costumes.
Prince Zion, your ancestors are proud of you!