BABA BISAYA

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For many of us in migrant diaspora, part of our grief is not having access to our native tongue. For those with lineages from Philippine Visayan islands of Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and within the Philippines, the Bisayan languages of Hiligaynon, Sugbuanon (Cebuano), Waray - are at the core of re-membering ourselves & our connections with each other across oceans.

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Bàbà in Bisaya means “mouth” or “opening”; speaking our ancestral languages opens a door to our roots. There are currently NO virtual learning resources for these languages in the world and NO published workbooks for multiple Bisayan languages. We are excited to embark on this journey providing access to cultural roots. We hosted our first series October - December 2021.

Proud to introduce the Philippine-based teachers & NYC-based organizers of BABA BISAYA <3

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The structure of BABA BISAYA language immersion follows the Bisayan myth of the 7 realms of the universe, as they correspond to the 7 seed mantras & chakras of Vedic sciences. Through these 7 layers of Bisayan cosmoworlds and syllabic sounds, we engage in different realms of language as it is embedded in ecological and social relationships. Read more about the class structure here!

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Our closing in-person gathering, BAYBAY BABA BISAYA, for students in Lenapehoking (NYC) at Happy Creative Dig

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Our virtual open house bringing all students from the 3 language classes together. Classes were hosted on jit.si & discord

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