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Thursday, August 2, 2012
“ONE who doesn’t love his native tongue is worse than putrid fish and beast.”
Apparently, that is one of the most often quoted of Jose Rizal’s writings. For some, that may be an old, hackneyed phrase, but it actually sheds light on the importance of taking pride in one’s own language.
Language is a fascinating thing. While it paves the way for understanding between people from different places, cultures and walks of life, it designates to a nation its own distinction from the rest of the world. As it bridges the gap between things of difference, it also promotes unity in a pack for members who have something in common.
As the whole country celebrates August as Buwan ng Wika (Language Month), here is an ode to the value of the Filipino language with a twist. Instead of hailing wisdom through words alone, Live! expresses its participation through Sign Language.
It is literally conveying meaning through body actions. In other words, it is a form of nonverbal communication. With that, Sign Language becomes a display of Filipiniana that exemplifies cultural significance in a unique way while living up to the saying, “Dress to express, not to impress.”
Notable designer Albert Arriba eagerly shares his modern take on the Filipiniana, without forfeiting the ever admired, and usually anticipated, butterfly sleeves. He takes pride in three impressive gowns that are the fruit of his innovative and artistic labor.
One that is easily considered a scene stealer is a pink frock. It is mainly made of silk dupioni that is well complemented with purple tang on silver lamé. This undeniable splendor is completed with sprinkled pearls, cut beads and fiber fill embellishments. If anything, it reminds one of a fancy flower garden’s charm.
Next in line is a creamy ensemble. It is a gorgeous union of piña silk and French lace in one number that is made even more appealing with its traces of cut beads, pearls and fiber fill ball accents. It demonstrates the standard in Filipiniana elegance elevated to a level of finesse.
Last but certainly not the least in this spectacular inventory is a darling medley of silk piña fabric and silk printed organza. It makes a picturesque visage—sophisticated while oozing with style.
With all these details, it is safe to say that sign language is more than just a display of reverence and fashion; it is dedicated to introducing a challenge to support not only the language but the totality of the Filipino culture.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 03, 2012.