Reframing "Nuestra lengua": Transpacific Perspectives on the Teaching of Spanish in the Philippines

  title={Reframing "Nuestra lengua": Transpacific Perspectives on the Teaching of Spanish in the Philippines},
  author={Paula C. Park},
Throughout the twentieth century, Spanish was increasingly marginalized in the Philippines, often characterized as the language of the colonizer, the language of the elites, or a backward language. While pro-Hispanists insisted that Spanish had great historical and symbolic value, this article examines the alternative ways in which Claro M. Recto (1890-1960) and Antonio M. Abad (1894-1970) defended its instruction in the Philippines. As a politician, Recto was well known for having supported… 

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