Dr. Emy M. Pascasiois recognized for her important contributions in the field of the 2nd Emy M. Pascasio Memorial Lecture of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) was held. The event, which had as its theme “First Languages First: The Challenges of Multilingual Education and Literacy in the Philippines,” was hosted by the Ateneo de Manila Department of English. More than a hundred graduate students, teachers, language professionals, and scholars of applied linguistics gathered to listen to two speakers. Mr. Napoleon Imperial, Chief of the Educational and Manpower Development Division of NEDA, talked about his reflections on the Philippine languages-in-education issue. In his presentation, he explained why NEDA is pushing for the adoption of mother-tongue literacy in basic education. NEDA believes that in the long run, mother-tongue literacy and education is cost-effective as it addresses basic learning inefficiencies which come in the form of drop out rates, retention and repetition rate, and low achievement rate. The 2nd speaker, Ms. Norma Daguiang, Master Teacher at the Lubuagan Central School, Kalinga Province, presented the results of an ongoing experiment on the use of the first language in teaching elementary school children in the town of Lubuagan. The study has so far documented a significant increase in Math, Science, Filipino, and English achievement scores of students who were taught in Lulubuagen, their first language. This presentation provided clear evidence that the use of the mother tongue in literacy does address low achievement rates in basic education. The event was graced by the presence of Valenzuela Representative Magtanggol Gunigungo, author of House Bill 3719, which is advocating the use of the first languages from grades 1 to 6. Congressman Gunigundo spoke about how HB 3719 is actually consistent to the recommendations of UNESCO. Still, a large number of lawmakers continue to push for an English-only policy in basic education. Dr. Ma. Luz Vilches, Dean of the Ateneo de Manila School of Humanities, was also present to welcome the participants to the Ateneo. She informed them of Ateneo’s upcoming celebration of 150 years of existence as an educational institution. And through all these years, the language issue in education has been close to the heart of Ateneo’s interest and concern and that Dr. Pascasio’s passion for it gained full university support. The event was opened by Dr. Danilo Dayag, LSP President, who spoke of how the Society was truly proud of Dr. Emy M. Pascasio. A tribute to the late Dr. Pascasio was also presented by Dr. Ma. Lourdes Bautista, member of the Board of Advisers of the LSP. In her presentation, Dr. Bautista reminisced with fondness Dr. Pascasio’s passion for research and scholarship, her zest for life in the Pascasio trademark of infectious laughter, and her acknowledged feminine vanity – a woman properly poised and elegantly dressed with matching expensive jewelry! The event was closed by Dr. Marilu Rañosa Madrunio, LSP Vice President, who talked about the Society’s appreciation of the scholarly contributions of Dr. Pascasio to the field linguistics and applied linguistics. The Emy M. Pascasio Memorial Lectures of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines take place every September, the birth month of the late Dr. Pascasio, professor of Linguistics at the Ateneo de Manila University, and founder of the Ateneo Language Learning Center.