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Philippine Studies at SOAS

Digital Humanities Approaches to the Study of Baybayin

Study of Baybayin
Prof Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines Diliman)

Date: 5 August 2021Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 5 August 2021Time: 11:30 AM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Lecture


The lecture aims to demonstrate how methods from Digital Humanities (DH) can be used to deepen our understanding of the inner workings of the baybayin writing system. The main example will be the first book printed in the Philippines, a bilingual and bi-script text, known as the “Doctrina Christiana” (1593).


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Digital Humanities Approaches to the Study of Baybayin

Speaker Biography

Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo received his B.A. and M.A. in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies (Austronestik) from University of Hamburg in Germany. Guillermo taught for many years at the UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature (DFPP) before transferring to the Center for International Studies (CIS) at UP Diliman. He also serves as a fellow of the UP Institute for Creative Writing (ICW). A long-time activist, in 2018 he was elected to be the faculty representative to the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University of the Philippines, the highest governing body of the University.

In 2017, he published 3 Baybayin Studies, with Myfel Joseph Paluga, Maricor Soriano and Vernon Totanes, (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2017). According to the critic and literary historian Resil Mojares, "In the Philippines, the value of digital or 'computational' criticism is demonstrated in the admirable work of Ramon Guillermo in the field of translation studies."

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