This Calligraphy Workshop Will Teach You How to Write Letters in Baybayin

You'll learn more about this writing system's history, too!

(SPOT.ph) Baybayin, one of the Philippines' many ancient writing systems before the colonizers arrived, piqued the interest of Filipinos over the past few years. It's a very beautiful form, after all, and most people use this fluid, curvilinear script to reconnect to our national identity. On September 30 at ROX Philippines in Bonifacio Global City, baybayin experts are holding a three-hour workshop, which includes teaching how to write the ancient script and a discussion on the writing system's history. Fee for the Baybayin Crash Course is at P1,299.

The comprehensive workshop will be facilitated by historian José Alain Austria, who has been practicing and mastering the art and science of pre-colonial Philippine scripts since 1999; Luisito Tayag, a baybayin calligrapher; and Dustin Ancheta, a young historian with interests in 15th to 17th century Philippines. The first part of the course includes a short discussion on baybayin's origins, the second segment is dedicated to writing the script based on early Spanish documents with baybayin translations, and the third part is all about translating your name to pre-colonial Tagalog and baybayin.

Baybayin Crash Course is on September 30, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at ROX Philippines, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit Manila for a Day's Facebook page or Baybayin Crash Course's event page.

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