MANILA—Under the "Special Programme in Foreign Language," to be
implemented in the school year starting in June, Spanish will be taught
at key high schools to "prepare the students for meaningful interaction
in a linguistically diverse global workplace," Lapus said.
"It will also develop understanding and appreciation of other people's culture," he added.
The language will be taught only in special classes at schools whose
students have mastered English and shown an ability to learn another
foreign language, he said.
In 1987 the Philippines, a former colony of Spain, abolished Spanish
as one of its official languages as well as a requirement that college
students had learn it.
The language has since largely vanished from everyday use, with English and the local languages now commonly used.