Netizens are torn on Isko Moreno’s baybayin text on Lagusnilad signs
Is it just decorative?
Mayor Isko Moreno made history once again as he dressed up the once grimy Lagusnilad Underpass in Manila to a well-lit passageway with clean walls and bright murals. Another eye-catcher was this signboard near Manila City Hall, which had Baybayin script written beside the plain text.
Netizens had mixed feelings about it, with many saying it was pointless as only few Filipinos know that script.
“Signs that can’t be understood are just designs,” forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun said.
“While having Baybayin there is cool, but let’s not forget that signages are functional. There is a science behind it, ensuring maximum visibility, readability and viewer’s safety. With these considerations, I’d rather not put a “cool” translation that no one can actually read,” another said.
While having Baybayin there is cool, but let’s not forget that signages are functional. There is a science behind it, ensuring maximum visibility, readability and viewer’s safety. With these considerations, I’d rather not put a “cool” translation that no one can actually read. https://t.co/v3of7AmSRz
— EMIL (@13thFool) August 24, 2020
tbh they should’ve made a filipino translation nalang instead na baybayin https://t.co/qj9bshtWcM
— Zyle (@PlanaZyle) August 24, 2020
di ba dapat tagalog ???? dahil kung usapin din naman ng accessibility ay mas mainam na tagalugin na lang???? wala namang nakakaintindi/gumagamit ng baybayin hahaha dami mo ebas isko https://t.co/LmJHF5EOHe
— ang kapulisan ay di tropa (@tunaynatropa) August 24, 2020
who even uses baybayin for day-to-day activities https://t.co/4C18iGtrZU
— millennial of manila (@MillennialOfMNL) August 24, 2020
Guys, this is what you call SURFACE NATIONALISM.
Since most Filipinos do not know how to read the BayBayin script, the incorporation of this is thusly impractical.
Hindi porke parte yan ng kultura natin ay appropriate na siya para sa kasalukuyang estado ng bansa. https://t.co/5wgVnJ5Kxm
— TAKI ♨️ (@sardin4s) August 24, 2020
Others were supportive.
“If it’s to inform people about baybayin and for now use it as an aesthetic, which will eventually make people curious. They will try to learn it and that’s a good thing,” said another Twitter user.
Baybayin should be placed in most signs in the Philippines https://t.co/PB7e1uiBbY
— 『janjan』 (she/her) (@hugglushuggler) August 24, 2020
much better ideas:
1. Braille (within reach)
3. icons https://t.co/KqSziBEz9J
— Nikolai (Henry VI enthusiast) ☆ (@dimasiiilaw) August 24, 2020