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‘Stop, learn, and listen:’ revisiting Baybayin scripts in public spaces

‘Stop, learn, and listen:’ revisiting Baybayin scripts in public spaces

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THE RENOVATION of the Lagusnilad underpass aimed to capture an ancient part of Filipino culture in its reopening two years ago, replacing cracks with signages that include Baybayin characters and their English transliteration.  Baybayin, an ancient writing script of the Philippines rooted in the pre-colonial period, met the heavy foot traffic of modern Manila, sparking the question of its use. To others, a nuisance; and to others, a homage. The Flame asked experts if these texts represent aesthetics or appreciation.   Attention Commuters Djhaemy Nazareno, an instructor who taught Baybayin to senior high school students in La Consolacion College, expressed her concern about the confusion the script may give to passersby.   “[Baybayin texts] shouldn’t be placed in ...