Researcher Leo Batoon pointing to a Baybayin character etched on a glass window at the National Museum in Manila. Photo: Agence France-Presse
Researcher Leo Batoon pointing to a Baybayin character etched on a glass window at the National Museum in Manila. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Why Philippine millennials are reviving Baybayin, an ancient written script

  • Advocates for Baybayin, a 17-character indigenous script used before the Spanish colonisation, say it is a crucial part of Philippine identity
  • But in a country with 131 government-recognised languages, critics say investing in the promotion of one ancient text over others is controversial and impractical

Topic |   The Philippines
Researcher Leo Batoon pointing to a Baybayin character etched on a glass window at the National Museum in Manila. Photo: Agence France-Presse
Researcher Leo Batoon pointing to a Baybayin character etched on a glass window at the National Museum in Manila. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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