The first ever Baybayin Summit, concurrent with the celebration of the National Literature Month, happened on April 9 to 11 at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen Pangasinan. It was themed “Sinupan ng Wikang Panulat.”
Academes, baybayin enthusiasts, legislators and professionals, joined forces with Taklobo Baybayin, in advocating the revival of the baybayin writing. The group is the proponent of “Baybayin Buhayin” slogan for the revival and promotion of the Filipino traditional writing system.
Speakers imparted their knowledge of the baybayin, its historical implications, importance in cultural education, art, its relations to the Southeast Asian writing systems and other intricacies that are inherent in the history of our traditional writing system.
Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) Chairman and National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, delivered his lecture on the difference of the baybayin and the alibata, which is commonly mistaken as the “true” Filipino script.
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. spoke on the importance of the baybayin to the Filipino culture.
Aside from a myriad of talks, lectures and seminars, the attendees have undergone various workshops on baybayin.
One workshop dedicated to the “ambahan” art of the Mangyan people of Mindoro was led by Anya Postma, daughter of Antoon Postma, a missionary-turned-Mangyan-scholar and, who shared her expertise in the chanting, creation, and the socio-cultural value of the ambahan poetry to the Mangyan people.
Aside from this, workshops on calligraphy and “Pangalaybayin,” which also takes on the traditional Mindanaon pangalay dance, were led by Reimon Cosare and Orlan de Guzman, respectively.