Got this made at the Festival of Pilipino Arts and Culture Today! Its by an artist named Kristian Kabuay (you should check out his stuff!)

The words I asked him to write are “Sipag” and “Tiyaga” which means Hard Work and Dedication. 

Here’s a timelapse of him working on it 

Contribution to 'Sulat ng Kaluluwa' project by Christian Cabuay


Malay is the Tagalog word for awareness. If added with the “ka-” “-an” affixes, i.e. kamalayan, it does not only connote stream of consciousness. Kamalayan also means collective consciousness. One is described to be “may malay-tao” if he or she is awake.

It is in this awareness that I have inspiration to create art. My process is not to only express my cognitive state from which I recognize my existence as an individual. The constant challenge is how to act more deliberately through way of life, juxtaposing myself as an agent of change without drawing too much attention to my self—

but to the knowledge that I am one in the collective. Being Filipino I recognize that “malay” also refers to the race under which I am classified. Yet I also act upon this knowledge by working with Anakbayan-Toronto, a comprehensive national democratic Filipino youth organization. We hold a series of activities called Kamalayan to uplift and inform young people of their crucial role in creating change.

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"Metonymy and Metaphor in Grammar"
edited by Klaus-Uwe Panther, Linda L. Thornburg, Antonio Barcelona



Between April 9-11, 2015 the first ever Baybayin Summit will take place in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The summit will be held to nationally and internationally promote our native writing scripts, those that still exist and is still used to those that were eventually neglected for the use of the Latin script. 

The summit will present guest speakers, workshops, and lectures on our indigenous writing scripts and to promote the use of it and to establish its importance as a part of our history and culture and its value today.

Some important guest speakers and lecturers invited and who will be present during the summit are Kristian Kabuay (baybayin artist and advocate from California and owner of, Anya Postama (Mangyan, advocate of the Sulat Mangyan of Mindoro, and daughter of anthropologist and linguist Antoon Vreeze Postma who deciphered the Laguna Copperplate, the oldest written document discovered in the Philippines), Senator Loren Legarda (who authored Bill No. 1899, which would mandate all government agencies, departments and offices to incorporate Baybayin in their official logos, and promotes the use of Baybayin and Bill No. 2440, which would declare baybayin as the national writing script of the Philippines.), and many more.

For more information on the 1st Baybayin Summit and how to register visit their official Facebook page.


Baybayin: Resurrecting the Ancient Calligraphy of the Philippines

The ancient Filipino script of Baybayin was all but wiped out by the colonial domination of the Spanish. However artist Kristian Kabuay is attempting to resurrect this script as a means of exploring his own Filipino culture and identity. View a selection of images of his artworks on