Baybayin seminar at Dan Inosanto Academy

baybayin seminar

There will be a Bayabyin seminar at the Dan Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in Marina Del Rey, California on March 11 & 12, 2011. The event will be presented by Jay Enage, the founding chairman of Taklobo Baybayin Inc. and Baybayin Buhayin Inc. It’s the same team that brought us the Baybayin iPhone app.

I plan to be there to film my Baybayin documentary

Register now

Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts
13348-13352 Beach Ave.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Image of Inosanto’s autograph in Baybayin. Courtesy of Tony Fajarillo from the Baybayin Facebook page.

Baybayin Barong & Una Fight Gear

2 new clothing pieces from the team that brought you the Baybayin Buhayin iPhone app.

Baybayin Barong design will be available at SoulShop at Crossroad 77 in Quezon City, Philippines

Una Fight Gear – Filipino Martial Arts clothing

UNA Baybayin Tee in Black and White.

Call/SMS or contact via email or Facebook to order


Alibata still rules

I ran a query on Google search traffic trends for Alibata vs Baybayin over the last 5 years. As you can see, Alibata (red) is searched more than double Baybayin (blue).

– What’s interesting is that the term Baybayin only started trending late 2007 around the same time was launched.

– The peaks are around the month of June/July. I suspect that the increase is due to Filams searching for Alibata tattoos in the summer. These trends follow summer traffic patters on my Filipino Tattoo site.

– Around 2008-2009, there was a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) contest in the Philippines that used Alibata as their keyword. Basically, whoever could get their website at the top of the search engines when typing the keyword  won the prize. This caused a lot of crap sites that are still out there. All of them were just copies of Wikipedia.

– I think within the next 2 years, we should see the Alibata vs Baybayin gap lessen.

Here’s a December 2010 graph. See how close it is at the end of the year? It could be because of the new Philippine bank notes that were released with Baybayin and reported by the news as Baybayin (bravo).

Cultural Artist to begin Art Exhibition at Bay Area Art Gallery

Linen Life Gallery is proud to present artist, Christine Balza. The reception will be held on January 23, 2011 at 6 – 9 pm at, 770 East Fourteenth Street Downtown San Leandro, CA and is free and open to the public
Christine Balza’s mixed media on canvas, ceramic, and jewelry, amongst others, expresses her Filipino-American experiences. Inspired by a long, lost script, Baybayin, Christine brings ancient expressions forward to modern day.

Baybayin script is a writing system not actively used since the 1800’s. The pre-Spanish symbols were used for commerce, a means of messaging neighboring villages of current events and can be dated as far back as 900ad. Baybayin lost favor to Roman alphabet and eventually was considered obsolete. Christine Balza use of art to awaken others curiosity to little known cultural traditions and follows up with workshops and seminars (TBA) on the basic use of Baybayin. She has been interviewed by Sharon Chin of CBS-5 and Henni Espinosa of Balitang America, TFC

*Biography and photographs of Christine Balza and her art work are available upon request.

Linen Life Gallery is located 770 East Fourteenth Street Downtown San Leandro, CA and has been nominated for a “Shine a Light Award.” Owner, Darrell F. Robinson has relocated the gallery from Emeryville, CA to its current address.

Christine Balza of Dublin, CA is available for interview. Please contact email