Today in Philippine History, June 5, 1754, a Real Cedula providing compulsory teaching of Spanish was received in the Philippines

Monday June 04, 2012 ()

On June 5, 1754, a Real Cedula (Royal Decree) of King Ferdinand VI of Spain, providing for the compulsory teaching of Spanish in all schools for boys and girls, was received in the Philippines.

Spanish language is among the lasting legacies of Spain to the Filipinos, which linguistic authorities said has enriched the national language called Pilipino with at least 5,000 Spanish loan-words.

The Filipino people have become closer to the Western World with knowledge of Latin alphabet and Spanish language (and later the English language).

Through linguistical media, Filipinos have been able to imbibe the wisdom of the West as well as to learn the ideas of Western philosophers and teachers.

The Filipinos, before the arrival of the Spaniards, had a syllabary, probably of Sanskrit or Arabic origin.

Reference: Philippines News Agency


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