Online Baybayin Art Gallery coming Feb 2010

Baybayin art gallery

One of my goals this year was to exhibit a Baybayin art gallery at a venue here in the San Francisco Bay Area. That didn’t happened due to a few factors:

Movie Screening
I wanted to hold a screening of a Baybayin movie from the Philippines. After numerous emails to the director over the past year, no commitments from their camp. I felt that it would draw people to the event being that Baybayin is relatively unknown.

I would probably would have to rent out space to hold this event. Without the movie screening, the draw might be minimal.

There aren’t that many Baybayin artists around. If they are, I haven’t found them online yet. in 2009, if your not online, you unfortunately don’t exist.

With the physical exhibition on-hold, the next best thing is to have an online gallery. Launching in Feb 2010, the site will feature artwork from Baybayin aficionados.

How it works:

  • Each month will feature a maximum of 10 artists
  • Each month will have a theme (1st one is 2010)
  • Artists can sell their work keeping 100% of sales
  • FREE guidance of Baybayin so that artists who don’t know the script can learn

Interested in joining? Contact me at info[at] / /

Affliction Clothing: Brandon Vera Baybayin shirt errors

1st of all, I think it’s cool that Baybayin is on a MAJOR clothing company like Affliction but unfortunately, there are a few issues. Here’s Affliction’s Signature Series shirt of Brandon Vera. The front has an eagle and “The Truth”. The back is where it get’s interesting where there are 4 Baybayin words that are tattooed on Brandon’s back. They represent the 4 elements Earth (Mundo), Wind (Hangin), Water (Tubig) and Fire (Apoy). Starting with the tattoo, Earth should probably be “Lupa” as in dirt. Mundo while conversational Tagalog (Spanish rooted) for world/earth. When your speaking about the element earth, I believe one means dirt not the planet Earth. Also the Ma character in Mundo is missing a kudlit that would make it Mu. The tattoo actually says Mando. Easy fix though.

Now to the shirt. The graphic below is a screenshot of the back. Besides being out of order as it s on Brandon’s back, there are some inconsistencies in kudlit writing. I think it’s fine in handwriting and even in art but for a commercial shirt, it should be uniform.

brandon vera tattoo affliction shirt

Tubig (Correct)
The characters written are Tu-Bi-G. Notice the cancellation kudlit under the last character. Without the + kudlit, it would read as Tubiga.

Apoy (Incorrect)
Looks like the characters written are A-Po-Yo. It should have a + just like the Ga character in Tubig. If using cancellation + kudlits, it’s important that you make sure they look different than your traditional kudlits.

Mundo (Incorrect)
Besides the Lupa and Ma tattoo issue I mentioned earlier, this also has the + issue but this time for the 2nd character Na. The last character looks like it was combined with the kudlit. With the + kudlit and DA errors, it looks like it says Manoda or Manade.

Hangin (Incorrect)
Again, the last character is missing the + kudlit. Now it looks like Hangino.

What sucks is that some people will probably get those wrong words tattooed. How did this happened? Probably the designer found a photo of Brandon’s back online and just reworked it and didn’t bother to research or ask around it it was correct or not.

Check it out at Affliction Clothing

Asian Art Museum recap

Had a great time at the Asian Art Museum on Sunday 12/6 for Parol and Baybayin demo with Ray from Malaya Designs. People learned how to make a parol and learn about Baybayin. Ray carved bamboo tiles on the spot. I brought over some of my prints and paintings as well as my book.

Masamang balita galing sa mga bituin




Showing some artwork

Ray carving bamboo

People making parols

Here’s my nude parol. Guess what I’ll be doing with it?