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RP Issues of 2019











2019, December 23.  International Year of Indigeneous Languages

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Souvenir Sheets of 4




68p - Souvenir Sheets of Four  -  5,000


Layout Artist:  Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu

Photos Provided by:  National Museum of the Philippines


First Day Covers:  Manila





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. 





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Issues of 2019