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Calabarzon Sub-Commitee on Culture supports Baybayin’s revival

By Rachel Joy Gabrido
February 15, 2020

The Baybayin Characters presented by UPLB Prof. Aleli Domingo. (Photo by Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)


CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Sub-Committee on Culture (SCC) of the Regional Development Council Calabarzon (RDC 4A) avowed its support to the revival of the ancient script of the Tagalog people called Baybayin.

“Una muna ay magkaroon tayo ng resolusyon na ipo-propose natin sa Council na ang lahat ng ating mga signages ng RDC members ay maisulat sa Baybayin at sumunod doon ay magkaroon ng workshop ang mga opisina para naman may familiarity,” RDC 4A Co-Chairperson Engr. Ladislao Andal of Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PISE) Batangas pronounced during the SCC 1st Semester Meeting at NEDA 4A Regional Office in this city on February 6, 2020.

(“First of all, we should have a resolution to be proposed to the Council that all the signages of RDC members be written in Baybayin and then the offices should have a workshop for familiarization.”)

The Co-Chairperson invited University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) professors Ron Jay Danagalan and Dr. Aleli Domingo to present their advocacy on Baybayin during said meeting.

“I am very sentimental when it comes to our culture,” Andal stated.

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As a traveler himself, he said he gets overwhelmed whenever he visits places that showcase their own language or script.

“Ang kanilang mga signages ay naka-translate sa kanilang native language at mayroon silang kumpletong mga dokumento ng kanilang language.”

(“Their signages were translated to their native language and they have a complete documentation of their language.”)

He stressed that apart from the indigenous peoples whose genes are streaming in our bloodlines, we also have this Baybayin which does not need to be completely documented but must be shown to the world to prove that our race has its own identity.

“Kung tayo ay nagplaplano ng ating development ang unang dapat nating malaman ay kung mayroon tayong pinagmulan na sa pamamagitan nito (Baybayin) ay matre-trace natin.”

(”If we are planning for our development, we should first know our roots which we can trace back through this [Baybayin].”)

He also pointed out that aside from all the other industries in Calabarzon, Tourism is also a vital contributor in the region’s economy.

“Ang tourism ang ugat ay storytelling at ang umpisa ng storytelling ay iyong ating sariling wika (The root of tourism is storytelling and the beginning of storytelling is your own language,” he emphasized.

He then urged everyone to think of other ways to further promote and preserve the Baybayin. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)

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