To include Ilokano as a language of option in Google
To give an option to millions of Ilokanos in the diaspora (in the United States and elsewhere) and millions more in the Philippines, and to make Ilokanos realize that their language deserve a public space such as Google
We are the Ilokano people, in the Philippines and in the diaspora.
Estimates put the number of speakers of our language at about 11 million in the Philippines alone, or more than 10 percent of the population of that country.
Historically, Ilokano (also known by its other names as Iluco, Iloco, Ilocano) is the language of the Philippine diaspora.
There are millions of peoples of the Philippines and outside the Philippines that use Ilokano as their second, or heritage language.
In Hawaii alone, the Ilokano and Ilokano-descended people comprise between 85 and 90 percent of the Philippine-American population, of that state.
With the return of Ilokano as a language in the MTB-MLE policy of the Philippine government, it is now necessary to give access to Ilokano students to the wealth of information Google has. In the state of Hawaii, Ilokano is taught in the university and in some select public high schools as that state's effort to perpetuate the heritage of the Ilokano immigrant community.
It is for this reason that we would like to request that you include Ilokano as a language of option at Google. Your giving us this public space will recognize the voice of millions of our people.
Thank you so much. Agyamankami unay.
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