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?

Romancing the Stone – Ticao Conference

Well this is interesting….

On August 5-6, 2011 there will be “The 1st Philippine Conference on the Baybayin Stones of Ticao, Masbate”.

Here the info from the registration site

Conference Information
WHAT: The 1st Philippine Conference on the “Baybayin” Stones of Ticao, Masbate

WHEN: August 5, 2011 (8AM- 4PM); August 6, 2011 (8AM-12NN)

WHERE: Monreal Gymnasium, Municipality of Monreal, Ticao Island, Masbate Province, Philippines

The UP Ticao-Masbate Anthropological Project Team
Department of Education, Region 5
Local Government of Monreal, Masbate
The Masbate Provincial Government
The National Museum
170+ Talaytayan MLE Incorporated

1) To make a preliminary but comprehensive report on the “baybayin” artifacts found in Ticao, Masbate including but not limited to its probable origins, geo-socio-cultural context, age, authors, authenticity, and transcriptions.
2) To heighten awareness among Filipinos on the historical and cultural importance of the baybayin script and other cultural artifacts.
3) To provide a forum for stakeholders on how to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of the peoples of Ticao and of Masbate.

1) DepEd teachers and administrators
2) Local government officials and employees
3) Educators, linguists, researchers, artists and cultural workers
4) Tourism officers and staff
5) “Baybayin” enthusiasts

1) P1,200 for participants coming from DepEd Region V and from local government units of Masbate province
2) P1,500 for all other participants

According to the program, it looks like they are taking the opportunity to present other topics besides the stone. As many of us in the Baybayin community said, this is a excellent opportunity to promote Baybayin and our ancient culture even if the stone is real or not.

The Language Bridge between the Proto-Philippine Archipelago and the Surrounding Hindu-Buddhist Kingdoms (Speaker: Arnold M. Azurin, UP Archaeological Studies Program)

Integrating Baybayin into the School Curriculum
(Speaker: DepEd Region V Curriculum Expert)

What We Now Know About the Ticao Stones
(Speaker: Prof. Francisco Datar, UP Diliman)

Ticao Island as an Archaeological Paradise
(Dr. Roger Lim of San Jacinto)

Integrating Baybayin into the School Curriculum
(Speaker: DepEd Region V Curriculum Expert)

I’m most interested in the school curriculum part. If this stone is the reason why Baybayin is pushed up a level, then it’s a good thing.

Hopefully the sessions will be recorded for the long distance speculators 🙂 I hope it’s real