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Baybáyin Tagalog Pre-Hispanic Script in the 1600s at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila

  • Seton Hall Arts and Sciences Building Rm. 103 (map)

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded by the Dominican Order in Manila in 1611. It has kept a large part of its documentary heritage intact. Among its treasures are documents written in or signed in baybáyin, the pre‐Hispanic script used by the Tagalogs. These documents mostly deal with land transactions engaged in by the citizens of Manila, be they Spaniards, Chinese, or Tagalogs, hence the baybáyin texts and signatures. The talk will cite examples of these documents and their contexts, including two wholly in baybáyin from 1613 and 1625, that have been declared National Cultural Treasures by the National Archives of the Philippines in 2014.

Prof. Regalado Jose has published several books on Philippine colonial art and architecture. He is widely known for his more than 40 years of work on 16th‐19th century Philippine churches (simbáhan), colonial art in ivory (sántos), as well as his direct engagement with national and community arts policy. He was Commissioner for Cultural Heritage of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2011‐2013 and continues to engage in scholarly and policy collaborations with national and international cultural institutions in the Philippines, Spain and the Americas.

Hosted by The Seton Hall University Core and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work.