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AB in Filipino in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Filipino (AB FIL) is a four-year degree program that provides students with a better understanding of the proper use of the Filipino Language. Aside from teaching correct Filipino grammar and composition, the program also focuses on discussing Filipino history, society, politics, and government. It aims to make students aware of their Filipino ethnic identity by teaching Philippine culture and tradition through literary readings, musical recordings and film viewings.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Filipino are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Maunlad na Gramatika
  • Panitikang Pambata
  • Retorika
  • Panulaang Pilipino
  • Linggwistika
  • Pagpapahalagang Edukasyon
  • Panitikang Pilipino
  • Bernakular
  • Ang Diaspora ng Kulturang Filipino
  • Introduksyon sa Diskursong Pangmidya sa Filipino
  • Pagbasa at Pagsulat sa Iba’t-Ibang Disiplina
  • Istruktura ng Filipino
  • Wika at Lipunan
  • Kasaysayan at Pag-unlad ng Filipino
  • Panimulang Linggwistika
  • Introduksyon sa Pamamahayag

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Filipino  are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in Filipino
  • Study texts analytically and interpretatively
  • Creatively and critically apply theories and methodologies learned
  • Analyze the interrelations of different texts
  • Write technically and creatively by using the Filipino language

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any educational institutions, publishing companies, and production companies. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The AB in Filipino does not have a board examination. However, graduates who are interested in working in government offices may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC). Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Filipino may pursue a career path in any educational institutions, publishing companies, and production companies. They may apply as a Filipino tutor, Filipino subject teacher, proofreader, Filipino translator, publication staff, news writer, copywriter, scriptwriter, literary writer, and Filipino professor. 

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