Two historic events were held in Antique yesterday, March 1, 2018, - the unveiling of the first Language Monument or Bantayog-Wika in the country and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra's Antique Outreach Tour concert, 25 years after its first performance in the province.

The unveiling of the language marker for Kinaray-a was led by Senator Loren Legarda together with Chairman Virgilio S. Almario of Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, Asec. Lorraine Badoy of the Presidential Communication Operation Office, and the Provincial Officials of Antique at the EBJ Freedom Park, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.

Kinaray-a language is spoken mainly in Antique as well as some part, of Iloilo and other provinces in the Island of Panay.

"According to the United Nations, languages are important in preserving and developing tangible and intangible heritage. Thus, we need to comprehensively document all languages of our ethnolinguistic groups in the country and we should promote the continued use of such languages. The Bantayog-Wika project is one way of preserving our native languages," said Senator Legarda.

Bantayog-Wika is a nationwide project of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) that seeks to identify areas where languages originated. This is the second out of three projects funded by Senator Legarda thru the National Commision for Culture and Arts (NCCA) with the total budget amounted to Php 2.5M under the Project Institute for Living Traditions.


Meanwhile, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performed their concert at the San Juan de Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y following the successful restoration of the church which was completed last year; it is considered a historic event after its first performance in Anini-y 25 years ago.

The PPO concert was conducted by Maestro Herminigildo Ranera. A conductor, composer, arranger, performer and educator, Dr. Ranera is the associate conductor of the PPO.
Established in 1973 as an accompaniment for the performing artists at the CCP Theater, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra has become the country's leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

The concert was also attended by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara, Vice Chair Committee on Finance. /PIO-Antique