Cultural Nationalism and the Languages of the People of the Philippines:
Towards a Theory and Practice of Liberatory Literacy and Education
Aurelio Solver Agcaoili
University of Hawaii
University of the Philippines Baguio
August 5, 2011
The talk addresses the current concerns on the need to revisit several conceptual issues in the Philippines, to wit, cultural nationalism, language diversity, and liberatory literacy and education. Arguing from the framework of emancipatory education, cultural difference, and the question of nation and state, the talk weaves a reasoning that pushes for a rethinking of the Philippine nation-state concept, for a critiquing of the practice of Philippine basic education, and for a revisiting of the constitutive elements of Philippine literacy in the context of citizenship.