Amaya X Baybayin

During my Baybayin signing event at the GMA booth, I caught up with Amaya 🙂

Some thoughts:

  • I did about 50 name “translations”
  • Out of the 50, about 20 knew about the script
  • The 20 were ages 15-30
  • Out of 20, 5 knew it as alibata

This guy was shocked that what I wrote was his family name

One of the performers, Josie


5 thoughts on “Amaya X Baybayin

  1. Rizal’s barong

    June 30, 2011, 4:47am

    MANILA, Philippines — Since Jose Rizal  had that studio picture taken
    in Madrid with Marcelo del Pilar standing beside him and Mariano Ponce
    seated in front of them, all his monuments, paintings, or busts
    invariably show him in various versions of that overcoat.

    We can surmise that whenever Rizal came home to Calamba or when
    he was in  Dapitan working on that water system or planting coconuts, he
    wore lighter  clothes, a comfortable camisa china perhaps with striped
    cotton  trousers and a salakot, like in those 19th century prints.

    So far, there is only one monument  which shows him  wearing a
    barong tagalog and carrying a salakot and that is located at the Central
    Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija. Apparently, it was designed in
    the 1950’s by a group of students who  probably  surmounted  stiff
    opposition to that seemingly irreverent idea.

    They have just been proven right, Rizal did wear a barong.

    Last week, I attended the inauguration of  the “International
    Sesquicentennial Conference: Rizal in the 21th Century” sponsored by the
    University of the Philippines and organized by Philippine Studies
    Tri-College during which Jose Rizal was honored with a procession fit
    for a hometown patron saint.

    The keynote speaker was Mr. Lucien Spittael, a Belgian gentleman,
     white-haired with a thin moustache and married to a Filipina. The
    Spittaels followed Rizal’s  footsteps all over Europe, not as mere
    tourists, but as ardent researchers who left no stone unturned.

    The couple  made incredible discoveries in Germany – 22 objects
    which Rizal sent to a Dr. Bastian, a friend of Ferdinand Blumentritt,
    who was collecting objects from the Philippines for his private
    ethnographic museum. Mercifully,  these survived two world wars, or we
    would never have known about that barong tagalog.

    I would like to believe that Rizal owned it although it was not
     indicated it in the inventory, unlike the salakot with silver trimmings
    which, he said in German, that he owned.

    Curiously, there was also a slim gold pen embellished with what
    looked like a vine-and-leaf design. Baffled, Mr. Spittael said it was
    made by a certain Nakpil. I did not have a chance to tell him that maybe
    Ariston Bautista gave the pen to his good friend Jose Rizal while in

    Bautista was married to Petrona Nakpil (sister of  musician
     Julio, later  Bonifacio’s aide-de-camp) whose family had a jewelry
    business, Orfebreria Nakpil. What a small world! (


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