Dylan is taking advance lessons in Filipino, designated the Philippine "national language" by the country's Constitution, during the summer break from April to May in preparation for first grade, which starts this June.
As Filipino is not offered in preparatory class, which he just graduated from, my son consequently learned English ahead of his national language. I suppose I should be thankful to cartoon network, too, for his mastery of this foreign tongue.
That Filipino is not popular or even used in areas outside of the Tagalog-speaking regions is no surprise. There have been sporadic debates about which of the country's many dialects should serve as the base for the national language and even accusations from the predominant Cebuano-speaking group that this Filipino was only Tagalog masquerading as the national language.