Right on the heels of the Ticao Stone conference comes the 1st Philippine Baybayin conference in the Manila area. I know what some of you are thinking – Why are these conferences revolving around unproven Baybayin artifacts? Perhaps it’s need to help market Baybayin to the masses? Besides that, I think it’s an undeniable benefit to have this conference. The dialog has started! Could this be the core group all of you have been asking for who can implement a standard? What do you think?


November 30,2011 @ Thunder Bird Resort Hotel & A-B Petroglyphs, Binangonan, 7am-12nn.
1) To create awareness among Filipinos on the historical and importance of our language, our ancient writing system, the Baybayin.
2) To provide a forum for stakeholders among the academe and other related agencies regarding the relevance of the theory by Dr. Bonifacio Comandante Jr. Baybayin Artifacts for educational purposes.
3) To help boost the tourism not only educational trips but for local guests and foreigners as well.


2nd District of Pangasinan
Author, House Bill No. 4395, An Act Providing the Protection and Conservation of Baybayin and declaring Baybayin as the National Script of the Philippines.

DR. RICARDO NOLASCO , Mother Tongue Based – Multi-Lingual Education
Ph. D. Lingusitics, University of the Philippines
Board Member, Linguistic Society of the Philippines
Komisyon ng Wikang Pilipino
Adviser, Foundation for Worldwide People Power on Mother
Language Education Initiatives

DR. ZEUS SALAZAR, Kamalayang Pilipino sa Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
A historian, an anthropologist and the proponent of the Pantayong Pananaw.
He was former chairperson of the University of the Philippines-Diliman Department of History (1987-1989) and a former dean of the university’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (1989-1992)

HOWIE SEVERINO, Role of Media in Baybayin Advocacy
Ph.D. Suxxes University, London, UK
MA in Tuft University, Boston USA
Editor-In-Chief, GMA News TV Online

MR. JOSE JAIME “JAY” R. ENAGE, Baybayin to the World
Founding Chairman, Taklobo Baybayin, Baybayin Buhayin, and
Teachers@Work Journey Group International.

MR. JOHN NL. LEYSON, Baybayin Use in Design and Technology
President & CEO, Liquid and Liquid
President, Taklobo Baybayin
Vice President, Baybayin Buhayin

DR. BONIFACIO COMANDANTE, Baybayin Forms of Andres Bonifacio
Ph. D. Anthropology Multi-awarded Marine Biologist, University of the Philippines Professor
Director, Taklobo Baybayin

‎DR. GRACE BARRETO TESORO, What We know about the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
Ph.D. Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

DR. MARICOR SORIANO, 3-D Imaging of the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
Officer-in-Charge, National Institute of Physics UP Diliman and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, NIP UP Diliman

Has anyone seen this "Alibata" shirt at Kultura Filipino?

It’s great to see clothing with Baybayin on it especially in the Philippines. While checking out conversations about Baybayin on Twitter, I came across a photo of this dimply girl with a character chart shirt. The problem besides the obvious reference to Alibata, it shows non-standard characters such as Xa and Qa. The chart looks it was based on work by Ricardo Mendoza and Jayson Villaruz. I suspect that they just lazily Googled “Alibata chart” and went to images and spotted the as the 1st result and used it.

alibata baybayin chart

I’m all for the modernization but if the biggest Kultural store in the Philippines did in fact put this out, it’s irresponsible. Not just for the fact that they didn’t do enough research but it will lead to confusion for people starting out who may think that it’s a standard. If the shirt said modern “Alibata”, that would’ve been better. Stick with the basic 17 characters 1st as the foundation. I’ve received more than a few emails asking about X, Z, J and etc based on these modern charts.

Maybe they got the idea from Bench

Can anyone verify if this shirt is for sale at Kultura?

Return of the Ticao Stone!

It’s the return of the Ticao AKA the Rizal Stone! This past August 5-6 was the 1st Philippine Conference of the Ticao Stones where various speakers from different disiplines provided their insight on the infamous stones and other related topics.

Many of us couldn’t go but the organizers have just uploaded the presentations for the 2 days. I’ve read through some of it a couple weeks ago thanks to Christopher Miller who was in attendance. I must say the research is very comprehensive and well documented. However, there was no definitive conclusion as to the authenticity of the stones. As expected, it will take more time. The question is how long and what will be the communication method?

One of the interesting presentations was:
Integrating Baybayin Scripts into the School Curriculum
(Speaker: DepEd Region V Curriculum Expert)

Download all the presentations


  • What do you think of this conference?
  • Is it premature make Ticao Island the epicenter of Baybayin when it hasn’t even been proven to be a “real” artifact?
  • What are some of the interesting things you read in the documents?

The Indian connection

At my event last week, I talked to people about the Philippines connection with India. After talking about shared words like Guro, Diwata and topics like the Visayas, it made sense to them but wondered why we don’t acknowledge or know about it. Is it our own discrimination or just a lack of education? Perhaps both?

This morning, an article came out on the Bangalore Mirror about the work of Graphologist Rajul Shah. She showcased some of the long forgotten Indian scripts, from which several South Asian languages have originated – including Baybayin.

Not much was said in the article about Baybayin but it was good to see the connection made from the Indian side.

Pistahan recap – Live Art, Jose Rizal, Baybayin School and toys!

Once again, Malaya Designs and Baybayin.com promoted Baybayin for 2 days during the Pistahan festival in San Francisco.

Great weekend for us and the Filipino community. We held the 1st Filipino themed custom toy show in the US (I believe), did multimedia presentations on Jose Rizal’s Baybayin hardwriting, Baybayin School module presentation, Ray was burning bamboo live, painting, scribbling and good ‘ole conversations.

Also as usual, FREE “translations” galore

EVENT: San Francisco 8/13-14 Pistahan

It’s that time of the year again! The 18th annual Pistahan event is happening in San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens this weekend 8/13-14. Besides showcasing Baybayin, we will have a custom toy show titled “Heritage and Heroes”. I believe this is the 1st Filipino themed custom toy show.

What else is going on?

  • Live Baybayin wood burning
  • Free name translations
  • Art showcase
  • Baybayin App demo
  • Workshops
  • What else???????

Come hang out with Ray and I this weekend

Check out Pistahan.net for more info

Photo: Custom Munny’s by Eggay Gonda