Rediscovering an ancient script | Kristian Kabuay | TEDxPineCrestSchool

The Philippines is a post-colonial island nation in which various indigenous languages are spoken, but whose writing system is entirely influenced by the West. Kristian Kabuay, a graphic artist, went back to the Philippines to rediscover and relearn an ancient script, Babayin, and has since re-introduced it to the West in his art and his books. In this talk, Kristian, examines what it means to understand one's identity through its writing system. Kristian Kabuay is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. A leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Ancient Philippine script, Baybayin, he developed a modern performance style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in October 2012. He has spoken at numerous institutions such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, SFSU, University of the Philippines, National Anthropology Museum of Madrid, and Tokyo University. Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization and Baybayin. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at