Phew! I’ve been busy for the past two weeks, “End-of-Summer-Rush”, if ever such term exists. The team went to Camotes to a teambuilding last May 10 – 11. One word summarizes Camotes, “overly-beautiful-stunning-island”. Just last weekend, May 17 was the Company Summer Outing in Tambuli Beach Resort in Mactan and it was all booze!
Now, since I’m all done with the “End-of-Summer-Rush”, I have a new project in mind, and that is, to learn how to write or use the ALIBATA. For the sake of everybody,
Alibata is an ancient writing system that was used in what is now the Philippines. Although it was all but exstinguished by Western colonization, variants of it are still used in parts of Mindoro and Palawan, and it is also increasingly used by Filipino youth as a way to express their identity. Alibata, originally known as, Baybayin, is composed of 3 vowels and 14 consonants. The early Filipinos used a sharp pointed iron instrument called sipol as pen. They wrote on banana leaves, tree-barks, and bamboo tubes.
I have been a big fan of the Alibata since grade school, and then came the TV show Pintados (where they used some Alibata words and letters) and some other Ethnic Bands still using the Alibata letters. I’m planning to have the Alibata translation of “iskolares” inked in my back together with the Libra sign.
Having/Knowing how to use the ALIBATA just gives a whole new meaning of being a Filipino for me. Alas, I found a useful link from Paradise Philippines, click here so that you can learn the Alibata too.