Thursday, August 18, 2016

"A MAN CALLED MANUEL" sample of editorial of tribute by: Jim Paranal

"Father of the National Language" or "Ama ng Wikang Pambansa" - that is what Manuel Luis Quezon called. He was recognized as the second president of the Republic of the Philippines. This man had contributed numerous achievements for our country's benefit.

Former President Quezon was born on August 19, 1878 in Baler, Tayabas now known as Aurora. His father and mother, Lucio Quezon and Maria Dolores Molina, were primary grade school teachers. He had learned the basic education through his parents guidance and tutors assistance. He graduated high school from Colegio San Juan de Letran. He studied law at University of Santo Tomas but stopped in 1899 due to his support on Emilio Aguinaldo's revolt to Philippine-American War.

When Aguinaldo's surrendered in 1901, Quezon continued his studies and he became the fourth place in the bar exams in 1903.

Burton's dedication to serve his country started in his hometown. He became the governor of Tayabas (now Quezon). He was also elected to the first Philippine Assembly and served as majority floor leader. Later, he became a senator afterwards he became Senate President. He led the Nacionalista Party in 1922.

Manuel Quezon won the first national presidential election. He did several advocacies during his term. Here as follows:
1. He encouraged women to vote
2. He established the Institute of National Language with the help of Jaime De Veyra in 1935. The institute suggested Tagalog as the basis of native tongue after further studies.
3. On December 1937, President Quezon issued a proclamation declaring Tagalog as the national language. Since then, the Institute of National Studies had worked on the grammar and dictionary of the language.

Quezon died on August 1, 1944 at Saranak Lake, New York. His tuberculosis resulted in his demise. As a symbol of respect, former President Corazon Aquino declared a week of August as "Linggo ng Wika". Then, former Fidel Ramos proclaimed August as "Buwan ng Wika" pertaining Quezon's contribution.

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