- Sawikaan is an intensive discussion that aims to choose the word that has been used by almost every Filipino in a particular year
- There are 10 words nominated for this year's contest, which was last held in 2014
- The discourse started in 2004, although there have been instances that Sawikaan officials thought there were no words fit to represent a certain year
It is that time of year for the Filipinas Institute of Translation Inc. (FIT) to pick the word of the year that has been used by the majority in various aspects of life.
The competitive discourse started in 2004, which encouraged everyone to submit a word that they think has been overutilized by various sectors in society such as television, social media, news and current events, and gaming technology to name a few.
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Previous words of the year have been the following:
For this year, the nominated words are the following:
The chosen word will be announced next month during Sawikaan 2016, which is going to be held on October 6, Thursday, in Quezon City.
The event is in collaboration with prestigious institutions relevant to the discussion such as the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the University of the Philippines - College of Education.
Despite being an annual event, there were instances that no word won in a particular year, like in 2008 and 2009. According to Sawikaan officials, there were no words that became widely used by everyone during those years.
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However, after declaring 'jejemon' as the word of the year in 2010, the pattern has shifted the nominations to be held biannually as there were no words declared in 2011, 2013 and 2015.