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Part 2 of 3, Buwaya In Canoes, Rituals and other Ancestral Traditions In the previous post, I was delighted to share the buwaya shape in the NGA baybayin symbol, as pointed out by Akopito, and the other shapes of the buwaya present in weavings, tattoos and some beliefs. Here now I want to share with you how the buwaya is represented in Philippine sea vessels and in some traditional Philippine rituals.   Buwaya in Sea Vessels...

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More Indigenous Voices

More Indigenous Voices


Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in history, people

How was the Native American re-programmed? How does an educational system focus minds and hearts of any race or country? Listening to the experience of the Native Americans through Cornel Pewewardy’s words, this makes me think about how western education, at the turn of the 20th century, might have, at the same while introducing western civilization to the country of the Philippines(and prepping Philippine nationals to become...

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It is not uncommon for letters, pictographs and symbols to have deep hidden meanings—even magical power, for cultures around the world have rich histories and stories connected to symbols, letters and written words. Other countries and cultures too have symbols and writing systems that were multi-dimensional, that is, their writing systems in application could not only be read as words and every day messages or chronicles, but...

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Curing colonial stupor


Posted on Sep 16, 2011 in controversy, history, resources

Why is the deeper meaning of baybayin important to Filipinos today? Why is decolonization and indigenization important to Filipinos today? One of the answers is that it helps Filipinos become more integrated in their own cultural identity. It also helps them become strengthened as a collective of people who are of the archipelago called the Philippines or whose ancestry hails from there. Why do Filipinos have some sort...

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Available at Random House A book review.Virgil Mayor Apostol’s information packed-book covers a wide range of topics from Philippine healing to mythology, belief systems to symbolism, migration to language and much, much more. Finally! Just what I was looking for over many years now. Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions is full of information about indigenous and traditional culture in...

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Ancient Baybayin: Early Mother Tongue-based Education Model | History Ko by Bonifacio F. Comandante, Jr. / Asia Social Institute ABSTRACTMiguel Lopez de Legaspi first experienced the linguistic diversity of the Philippine Archipelago on 1565. In the succeeding years, Catholic missionaries were heaping praises on the excellencies of Baybayin Language, not hesitating to compare it even to the Hebrew, Greek and Latin, the prestigious...

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