Philippine Embassy in Spain teaches Filipino ancient form of writing Baybayin to expats

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Philippine Embassy in Spain introduce Baybayin
The Philippine Embassy in Spain initiated the reintroduction of the Baybayin to the Filipinos living in the Philippines’ former colonial master to mark the Filipino Month. Photo of Baybayin scripts submitted to the Embassy.

The Philippine Embassy in Spain is introducing the early Filipino script Baybayin to promote Pinoy heritage.

The embassy’s Facebook webinar for expats titled “Kwentuhang Baybayin: Pagmumuni-muni at mga aral” presented the Philippine ancient system of writing to the Filipinos residing in España for them to reconnect to their pre-colonial roots.

The webinar held on June 22, 2020, was held in observance of the celebration of El Mes Filipino or Filipino Month this June which was held online in compliance with the lockdown protocol because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Baybayin webinar speakers included Prof. Tyron Casumpang of Ateneo Senior High School, Minifred Gavino, Citadel Muños–Cruz, and Lea Tolentino of Growth in Wholeness and Well-being Association, Inc. (GINHAWA), a non-government organization that promotes cultural well-being among Filipinos.

In August 2019, Google included Baybayin as well as other indigenous writing systems such Buhid, Hanunuo, and Tagbanwa on the Gboard virtual keyboard.

In September, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 celebrated the National Teachers Month by decorating some of the train coaches with the pre-Hispanic form of local writing and images of ancient Filipinos based on the Boxer Codex.

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