2019, December 23. International Year of Indigeneous Languages
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Souvenir Sheets of 4
68p - Souvenir Sheets of Four
Layout Artist: Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu
Photos Provided by: National Museum of the
First Day Covers:
2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
2019 has been declared as the
International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Baybayin was featured to commemorate
this occasion on souvenir sheets issue by Phlpost, which highlights
the importance of the research and current discourse on baybayin.
This ancient writing system has been the subject of lively,
sometimes raucous discussions within the academe and other fora.
The National Museum of the Philippines
recognizes baybayin as an umbrella term for the many indigenous
writing systems found in the archipelago, including those that are
considered extinct. Ongoing research regarding baybayin has resulted
in various interpretations of available texts and inscriptions
attributed to the script. This issuance is but one colorful page in
the tome on which our nationís continuous history is being written.
This well-awaited chapter on baybayin has yet to be concluded.
Featured on this souvenir sheet are
artifacts from the collection of the National Museum of the
Philippines: the Gitgit, the Calatagan Pot, the Butuan Ivory Seal,
and the Monreal Stones.