Google celebrates Buwan ng Wika with Translate-a-thon

 

Filipinos invited to join Love Your Language campaign
Filipinos invited to join Love Your Language campaign

Year after year, Filipinos celebrate August as “Buwan ng Wika” or a whole month celebration of the Filipino language. This time, schools let their students go to school in baro’t saya, bakya, and feast in filipino activities and dine in #panlasangpinoy foods from different regions in the Philippines.

This year, we are going to see something different as Google Philippines kicked-off a month-long nationwide translation campaign called Love Your Language with it’s first translate-a-thon to improve the quality of Filipino and Cebuano translations online.

In celebration of Buwan ng Wika, Google invites every Filipino including translators, language lovers, and culture enthusiasts to contribute to the Google Translate Community to help bridge language barriers and bring the Filipino and Cebuano languages and cultures better representation online to share with the rest of the world.

“The Google Translate Community is a platform for Filipinos to express their national pride and love for our local language through their contributions,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs. “Through this dedicated community effort, we believe that the Filipinos can build a web that truly works for them as they make Filipino and Cebuano languages better understood and appreciated online by both native and non-native speakers.”

Throughout August, Google is holding a series of Love Your Language translate-a-thons across the country through several community-led and campus-led events in Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, General Santos, Guimaras, Halsema, Iligan, Iloilo, La Union, Los Banos, Makati City, Pangasinan, Quezon City, and Zamboanga.

Individuals and organizations who want to help translate as part of Love Your Language in the Philippines can get more information and register at https://sites.google.com/site/loveyourlanguagephilippines/ or https://goo.gl/HPwI3Z. Participants are encouraged to share their Google Translate Community anecdotes through their social media channels using hashtags #LoveYourLanguagePH or #GoogleTranslatePH.

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