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22/02/2017: DC COMMUNITY HAILS MULTICULTURALISM ON INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-07-2017
22 February 2017

Representatives from 12 countries, including the Philippines, performed at a multicultural event in celebration of International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2017 at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy joined 12 other diplomatic missions in celebrating International Mother Language Day at a multicultural event organized and held at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 21 February 2017.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first declared 21 February as the International Mother Language Day in 1999. It was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2008.

The celebration has then become a worldwide annual observance to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism.

“Languages are the mode of expression of human creativity in all its diversity. Once the languages and modes of expressions are lost, they become impossible to recover. Multilingualism is the most accurate reflection of polity, of culturalism. The loss of one will immediately lead to the loss of the other,” said Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin in his welcome remarks.

“The representatives of so many countries willing to contribute in today’s program is extremely encouraging. It reflects the growing awareness, pride, and commitment of all peoples to protect and project their languages and culture through various modes of expression,” Ambassador Ziauddin concluded.

Various presentations ranging from dances, songs, and poetry were showcased by participating countries during the cultural show.

MusicStation, a Filipino community band, performed a rendition of “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” an original Filipino disco song by VST & Co. The vocalist also belted his own version of a Stevie Wonder classic, “Overjoyed,” to the delight of the audience.

“The Philippine Embassy is delighted to be a part of this important celebration. Filipinos stand in solidarity with the peoples of the world in the preservation and enrichment of our mother tongues, and in promoting cultural diversity and tolerance,” said Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Philippine Embassy.

UNESCO’s theme for this year's celebration, “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education” emphasizes access to education in one’s mother tongue and in other languages in order to foster sustainable development. ###

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-15-2017 
22 February 2017

MusicStation vocalist performed a rendition of Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, an original Filipino disco song and a Stevie Wonder classic, Overjoyed as part of the cultural show.