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Why can’t we do something like this?

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The video below shows President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial in Spanish) declaring last 30 June 2011 that the Spanish language is now one of the official languages of the African Union:

Before the historic June declaration, the African Union only had four official languages: English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese.

President Obiang is also the chairman of the African Union.

President Obiang’s country has Spanish as one of its official languages. Like the Philippines, it was a former Spanish overseas province. Curiously, aside from Spanish, Equatorial Guinea also has French as an official language when (to the best of my knowledge) it was not even colonized by France!

Equatorial Guinea was able to accomplish what seems to be impossible for this supposedly Hispanic country of ours. No offense (in all honesty, I am an admirer of Obiang’s linguistic policies), but between the two nations, we are more Hispanic than the Equatoguineans. So why couldn’t we do something like this? Oh wonder of wonders…

Felicitaciones Señor Presidente Obiang por un trabajo bien hecho. Sin duda, usted es un héroe del idioma español no sólo en África sino el mundo hispánico.

La langue française est revenue à nos écoles!

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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!

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