THE LEGACY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Spanish colonization of the Philippines was deeply embedded in the country's history. Until at present, Spanish words are still being used in the Philippines such as lamesa, kutsara, kutcharita, tinidor, tasa, kurtina, sapatos, lababo, kusina, tokador, and many others. A massive amount of historical establishments and houses are still being inhabited or used as tourist destinations to preserve the history of the Spanish colonization. Spanish speaking individuals who are living witnesses of the Spanish era are here to tell the story of how the Philippines was, during the Spanish times. Spanish was the official language of the Philippines from the beginning of Spanish rule in the late 16th century, through the Philippine–American War (1899-1902) and subsequent United States colonization and remained co-official after independence in 1946, along with English, until 1973. Its status was initially removed in 1973 by a constitutional change, but after a few months it was re-designated an official language again by a presidential decree. With the present Constitution, Spanish became designated as an auxiliary or "optional and voluntary language".
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