National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chairman (NCCA) and National Artist Virgilio Almario launched his latest publication entitled “Introduksiyon sa Leksikograpiya sa Filipinas” last March 21, 2017 at the Bulwagang Romualdez of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF). The book is the most recent addition to the KWF Aklat ng Bayan series.

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In a two day lecture preceding the book launch, Almario discussed the history and development of lexicography in the Philippines as shaped by socio-political forces.

His discussion focused mainly on the research of Ceasar Hidalgo (1521 – 1977) as well as the works of Noceda-San Lucar and Serrano-Laktaw. He also discussed the various movements in the field of lexicography concepts of comparative lexicography, purism and universal approach in the study of Philippine language.

Almario traced the roots of the book to his childhood fancy of reading dictionaries. “Mahilig akong magbuklat ng mga diksyunaryo nung ako’y bata pa.” Almario recalled.

Almario also highlighted the importance of having a monolingual dictionary as opposed the bilingual tradition in lexicography which was prevalent in the colonial times. One of the first answers to this call for a ‘monolingual disctionary’ was the UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino released in 2001 authored by Almario himself.

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KWF Commissioners present the latest Aklat ng Bayan to NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo, Jr.

Also in attendance in the launching are National Artist for Music Ramon Santos, renowned journalist Randy David, NCCA’s new Executive Director, Rico Pableo Jr., members of Almario’s family and cultural workers from attached cultural agencies.

Almario is also expected to release the 2nd edition of UP Diskyunaryong Filipino following the release of the Introduksiyon sa Leksikograpiya sa Filipinas.

For more information on the Introduksiyon sa Leksikograpiya sa Filipinas and the Aklat ng Bayan series, you may contact the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino through numbers (02) 736-2519.