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We have to go back to prehistoric times to know how our culture developed to appreciate our cultural heritage as a people and rekindle the Filipino diwa (spirit) to guide us along the pathways of the 21st century. — Jocano To understand that ancient Filipinos would indeed give their baybayin symbols meanings, we need to understand too, that ancient Filipinos were animists, thus they believed everything has a spirit, everything...

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Mga Susi sa Pagkataong Pilipino This blog means to explore the baybayin at the levels of symbolism. This is a subjective experience that also allows one to notice nuances and new things about the various Filipino words that they form. In my own lakaran(journey), the baybayin has given me gifts that can be described as healing with regards to my Filipino identity. It began in the 1980s, when I was studying and discovering student...

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For us western and westernized/colonized people, the concept that a symbol within an alphabet as having a deeper meaning may be beyond our usual understanding of what we considered to be the alphabet’s only purpose—to convey various sounds of language. In order to recognize that the Philippine baybayin symbols may in fact contain deeper meanings we have to become aware of how our Westernized thinking gets in the way of...

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