Why Our Native Languages Matter To Our Filipino Identity, As Told By A Proud Negrense

What makes a language, a language? Is it the number of speakers, the duration of its usage, the region or geographical location, or the established norms in the society which uses it? Growing up in a province where the majority of people speak Hiligaynon, I have always wondered if my medium of speech was a language or a dialect. I have always…