House panel approves use of Baybayin as country’s national writing system – Audrey Morallo (

3_2016_08_15_17_46_42   House panel approves use of Baybayin as country's national writing system Audrey Morallo ( - April 23, 2018 - 7:05pm MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos may have to learn to write in and read Baybayin, a pre-Spanish script of the Philippines, after a House committee approved a bill designating it as the country’s official national writing system. The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture has approved House Bill 1022, or the proposed “National Writing System Act," which seeks to declare Baybayin as the Philippines’ national writing system, generate a greater awareness on its plight and develop wider appreciation for its importance and beauty. The bill, filed by Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan), was supported by the Department of Education, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Buhayin, a Baybayin advocacy group. “The importance of writing in general and of the alphabet in particular for the preservation and progress of civilization is incalculable,” Bataoil said in a press release from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau.   If passed into law, the measure will require all manufacturers of locally-produced food products to inscribe Baybayin scripts and provide a Baybayin translation on their labels. The proposed law will also mandate local government units to included Baybayin signs for street names, public facilities, public buildings and other necessary signage for public offices like hospitals, fire and police stations, community centers and government halls. Newspapers and other print publications will also be required to provide a Baybayin translation of their names, according to the bill. Government agencies will also be directed to disseminate knowledge and information about Baybayin by distributing reading materials on all levels of education and in government and private agencies and offices. Bataoil said that these materials would raise awareness on Baybayin as the national writing system. He added that appropriate training should be conducted for the proper handling of these documents.   The NCAA together with DepEd, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Commission on Higher Education will formulate the implementing rules and regulations of the bill.   … [Read more...]



  COMBATIVES AND SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR MAY 19, 2018 12:00PM-7PM Guro Roger Agbulos Guro Dino Flores Guro Ariel Flores GM Conrad Manaois For the first time ever, four seasoned Martial Arts Instructors joined forces to present the best in COMBATIVES and SELF-DEFENSE! This event will feature LAMECO, KALI ILUSTRISIMO, COMBAT FMA and MANAOIS SYSTEMS. Certificates will be provided to all attendees at the conclusion of the event. Free Parking! Please bring goggles/eye protector, gym gloves or hockey gloves. Optional: sticks, knife and long blade trainers. These will be provided on a first come first serve bases at the event. SEMINAR FEE: $45/person - advance payment on or before May 5th, 2018. $55/person - advance payment by May 18th, 2018. $65/person - at the door. PayPal Account: or check. Call Bob for more Tel: (818) 357-0440. **** GROUP RATES AVAILABLE **** Venue: ENERGIX MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS 20812 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Tel: 818-773-1747 Lameco Astig - Kali - Ilustrisimo - MSI Guro Roger Agbulos, Master Ariel F Mosses, Guro Dino Flores, Grandmaster Conrad Manaois … [Read more...]

Philippine World War 2 Collection – FASGI Bayanihan Center, Los Angeles

Fasgi Philippine World War 2 Collection - FASGI Bayanihan Center, Los Angeles In commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the defense of the Philippines in World War II, and in honor of the valiant Filipino and American soldiers of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), FASGI presents: WWII Legacy of Valor Open Now Thru May 16, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. FASGI Bayanihan Center 135 N. Park View St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (by Consul General Adelio Cruz and WWII Veterans) Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. This exhibit, curated by Mr. Gil Mislang, features the most extensive public display of periodic field equipment, uniforms, memorabilia, weaponry, posters, pictures, books, films and documentaries about World War II in the Philippines. The items are from private collections from concerned individuals who wish to honor the valor and bravery of the soldiers who served and fought during the war. Everyone is invited to attend. If you'd like to schedule an appointment outside of the posted hours, please send an email to Note: This presentation precedes the establishment of the Filipino American Military Heritage Museum at the FASGI Bayanihan Center.   … [Read more...]