Two documents written in Babayin script have been declared cultural treasures in the Philippines.
UST documents in ancient ‘baybayin’ script declared a National Cultural Treasure
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 August 2014
Owing to their outstanding cultural value, two 17th-century baybayin documents from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Archives were recently declared National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP).
Baybayin is the ancient Filipino syllabary in use during the Spanish contact in the 16th century.
The declaration was made during the Second Baybayin Conference on Aug. 22 at National Museum of the Filipino People at Agrifina Circle in Manila. The conference was held in conjunction with the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) celebration.
“This is the first declaration made by the National Archives and the first paper document to be declared as NCT,” said UST professor Regalado Trota Jose, director of the UST Archives and a former commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
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