Here’s another video about the Rizal stone. I was able to get a screenshot of the carbon tracing that has 1 cross kudlit. It’s either a cross or just natural indents in the stone.
While I believe that the Baybayin on the stone is modern, I do want to be wrong. It would be great to have an artifact like this. Modern, ancient, innocent carving or hoax…..the benefit this stone brought to the modern-day Baybayin movement is great.
Just in the past 30 days, we had a few Baybayin newsworthy events like the Baybayin Bill, taping of a feature for GMA USA’s upcoming show Power ng Pinoy and a soon to be release translation app. With the start of school in the Philippines, I hope it will spark and interest in learning the script. Because of the Rizal stone story, Google searches for Baybayin has gone up significantly with the media’s romanticizing of the stone.
I don’t get many visitors to this site but because of the media coverage, the traffic has nearly doubled.
So what’s next? Obviously, we need to prove the age of the stone if even possible.
1) It’s proven pre-colonial – We would need to then explain the callouts discussed in the 1st Rizal Stone post but who will do this? The most vocal advocates from the US and Canada will most certainly speak out but who will talk about it in the Philippines? We need that voice back home. This voice not only needs to do the usual traditional media run but also penetrate the internet. An article titled “Foreign scholars debunk stone tablet with old Philippine script as modern-day hoax” came out a few days ago and left a bad taste in my mouth because it strengthens an underlining issue of foreign vs local. However, why didn’t any scholars from the Philippines call out some of the obvious or cast any doubt?
2) It’s not pre-colonial – We would need to build on the momentum as a community by producing more relevant and compelling content. Sure, everyone talks that we need to bring back the script but what are YOU personally doing to push this forward.