A common saying that most communities aspire to is that of "youth is our future". In many ways this is true. Younger generations are what partly determine how future society will function, progress, and succeed. With that, we as a community must encourage our youth to not only look forward in paths to success for the individual and for community, but we must remind them that in order to succeed we must never neglect our history. Part of what makes Philippine history so colorful are its diverse set of languages. The Filipino language gives specific meaning to certain reaction, emotions, and situations without actually specifically saying what one means. That is what makes the Filipino language so unique; you can say one thing, but interpret it in so many different ways and use that one saying to describe many different things.
It is important that our youth learn the value in the language, its history and content. Acknowledging and learning the Filipino language outside of the Philippines, especially in the United States is essential to keeping our culture alive. One program that encourages this idea is called the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program (AFAP) who hosts Pilipino-American students to learn the Filipino language in a Philippine setting. With the support of 6 universities: Cornell University,University of Hawaii,University of Michigan,University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Washington, AFAP is able to pursue its mission in providing a space for Pilipino American scholars to learn the Filipino language. With this year being its 20th year hosting the program, AFAP is cosponsored by the Filipino Department of Ateneo de Manila University. This great support enables our youth to pertain language history for the Pilipino community to succeed and teach its culture all over areas outside of the Republic of the Philippines.
Together, instructors have designed intensive and specialized instruction in Filipino, enabling participants to attain a high level of language competence. They also designed a body of pedagogical materials for intensive language-study abroad programs and field-test proficiency examinations in Filipino.
As long as there are programs such as AFAP, our community can continue to expand, grow and adhere all adversity. We must remember that without language; verbal or physical, there is no history to reply on the success of our future.