Documents in Babayin script declared Philippine heritage

1635 Deed of Sale, written in Babayin script. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 20140825

Two documents written in Babayin script have been declared cultural treasures in the Philippines.

1635 Deed of Sale, written in Babayin script. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 20140825
1635 Deed of Sale, written in Babayin script. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 20140825

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.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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