Has anyone seen this "Alibata" shirt at Kultura Filipino?

It’s great to see clothing with Baybayin on it especially in the Philippines. While checking out conversations about Baybayin on Twitter, I came across a photo of this dimply girl with a character chart shirt. The problem besides the obvious reference to Alibata, it shows non-standard characters such as Xa and Qa. The chart looks it was based on work by Ricardo Mendoza and Jayson Villaruz. I suspect that they just lazily Googled “Alibata chart” and went to images and spotted the as the 1st result and used it.

alibata baybayin chart

I’m all for the modernization but if the biggest Kultural store in the Philippines did in fact put this out, it’s irresponsible. Not just for the fact that they didn’t do enough research but it will lead to confusion for people starting out who may think that it’s a standard. If the shirt said modern “Alibata”, that would’ve been better. Stick with the basic 17 characters 1st as the foundation. I’ve received more than a few emails asking about X, Z, J and etc based on these modern charts.

Maybe they got the idea from Bench

Can anyone verify if this shirt is for sale at Kultura?

12 thoughts on “Has anyone seen this "Alibata" shirt at Kultura Filipino?

  1. Yes! Unfortunately you can buy this “Imbento” shirt in all Kultura outlets… Actually I really want to buy this shirt, even though I know that some of the characters does not exist… But they have Another version… A black Shirt, and at the back, you can find the real baybayin characters… Sadly, again they named it “Alibata”  But its cool.. Pwede nadin..

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