A virtual Baybayin Learning Party, held last May 30, marked the culmination of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin’s celebration of National Heritage Month this year.
Baybayin was one of the indigenous scripts used in the Philippines prior to the introduction of the Latin alphabet during the Spanish colonial era.
The class included lessons on the history of Baybayin and on reading and writing the script’s 17 characters. Forty-six participants from Germany, other European countries, and the United States (US) were able to write a two-sentence paragraph at the end of the 90-minute class. Lucky participants also won a Baybayin name art courtesy of Tofu Creatives.
In her remarks before the class, Ambassador Maria Theresa Dizon-de Vega expressed appreciation for the organizers’ passion in preserving such an important element of our culture.
US-based artist/singer-song writer Nityalila Saulo and Illustrator Desiree Llanos Dee of Tofu Creatives (www.tofucreatives.com) served as class facilitators.
The class was organized by Tofu Creatives, in collaboration with the Embassy and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Germany e.V., headed by Ms. Jennifer Lynne Fadrigo-Hankammer.
Aside from the Baybayin Learning Party, full-length film, “I’m Drunk, I Love You” (courtesy of TBA Studios); a documentary on Baybayin; a news segment on the Filipino people’s Austronesian heritage; and Carlo Vergara’s musical, “Kung Paano ako naging Leading Lady” (courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines) were featured on the Embassy Facebook page (@PHinGermany) as part of the month-long celebration. END