Scientist Profile


Emy M. Pascasio

Gintong Aklat Award '98 for the book Basic English for College (1998)

Expertise: Corporate English, Cross Cultural Communication

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.


Director, Ateneo Language Center, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Campus, Quezon City


    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member


    • Gintong Aklat Award '98 for the book Basic English for College, Book Development Association of the Philippines, 1998


    • An English Language Proficiency Test for Filipinos in the Philippine Setting [On-going]
    • The development of an English language proficiency test for incoming Ateneo de Manila College Freshman [On-going]
    • The development of Filipino language proficiency test for incoming Ateneo de Manila College Freshmen [On-going]

Papers Presented

    • A Comparison of the Critical Correlates of Language Proficiency in English and Filipino among Filipino Bilingual Speakers, Chair Holder of the Andrew Gonzales FSC Distinguished Professional Chair in Linguistic, DLSU
    • An update on the Language Behavior Profile of the Filipino, Centennial Congress of Philippine Bilingualism, from Multidisciplinary Perspective, AdMU
    • Research on Language: Its Impact on Policy and Curriculum Development, LEDCO Conference, TUP
    • The Language Behavior Profile of the Filipino Bilingual Speakers: The Interrelationship Between Language Performance and Language Use, International Conference on Language Education, Manila
    • Variables Affecting the Performance of Second Language Learners in Written English, as Chair Holder of the Bonifacio P. Sibayan Distinguished Professional Chair in Applied Lignguistics, DLSU


    • Pascasio, E.M., (In Press) The Filipino Bilingual from a Sociolinguistic Perspective
    • Philippine Journal of Linguistics, Linguistic Society of the Philippines
    • Pascasio, E.M., () The Sociolinguistic Variables in Cross-Cultural Communication Linguistics and Language Education in the Philippines and Beyond
    • A Festschrift in honor of Linguistic Society of the Philippines (Ma. Lourdes Bautista eds. Danilo Dayag and J. Stephen Quakenbush)
    • Pascasio, E.M., () Bridging Cultures Through Language Learning Visions for Education
    • Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research, College of Education, DLSU-Manila.(Essays on Philippine Education in honor of Bro. Andrew Gonzales, FSC (Eds. Allan I. Bernardo and Roberto T. Borromeo)
    • Pascasio, E.M. , (1999) The Language Behavior Profile of Filipino Bilingual Speakers: The Interrelationship Between Language performance and Language Use
    • Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Education, LEDICO
    • Pascasio, E.M. , (1998) Strategies in Second Language Learning: The Relationship Between Strategy Instruction and Language Proficiency, Pagtanaw: Essays on Language in honor of Teodoro A. Liamson
    • The Linguistics Society of the Philippines
    • Pascasio, E.M. , (1997 Je-D) State of the Art: English Language Materials Development in Philippine Schools
    • Philippine Journal of Linguistics
    • Pascasio, E.M. , (1997) Basic English for College (Gintong Aklat Award by the Book Development Association of he Philippines)
    • Pascasio, E.M. , (1996) Language Scenario for the Year 2005 Alay Wika
    • The Linguistics Society of the Philippines, Essays in honor of Fe T. Otanes