During the Spanish times, the friars taught their Filipino students various languages and not just Spanish. French was taught in many Filipino schools, particularly in José Rizal’s Ateneo Municipal. That’s why our ancestors were well-rounded ladies and gentlemen, highly cultured, extremely refined.
Now, the teaching of the French language –together with Spanish, the most NOBLE of all Filipino languages– is back in some of our local schools:
Bonjour (Good morning), Philippines!
The Department of Education (DepEd) and the French Embassy Monday inked a deal to teach French in selected public high schools next year.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said teaching French in 13 science high schools was part of DepEd efforts to prepare Filipino students “for their role as global citizens.”
“On account of globalization, our graduates are competing with people from other countries when they join the workforce,” Lapus said in a statement. “Learning a widely used international language early on will give our graduates that competitive advantage.” (more at Inquirer.net
Merci, Jesli Lapus!