(What is BÀBÀ BISAYA?)


"Bàbà" in the Bisayan languages of the Philippines

means “mouth” or “opening.”

At Bàbà Bisaya, learning our ancestral tongues opens

a door to cultural roots!

Baybay Baba Bisaya 2021
Baybay Baba Bisaya 2021

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

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Jitsi Meets Open House 2021
Jitsi Meets Open House 2021

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Visayan Pintados
Visayan Pintados

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Baybay Baba Bisaya 2021
Baybay Baba Bisaya 2021

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

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For those with ancestral lineages & communal relations from Philippine Visayan islands (Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar & more), along with Mindanao, the Bisayan language tree links us in an inter-island network across oceans. Let's reconnect!



The 7 VIRTUAL CLASSES consists of 2-HR LIVE SESSIONS led by teachers on Jitsi, a free & open-source video conferencing site that opens on browser or phone app, with PDF PAGES hosted on Google Drive/Presentations & CLASS CHAT on Discord/RESEARCH ARCHIVE on


Classes run over 9 WEEKS (with 2-week break to review HOMEWORK & develop GROUP PROJECT). Audio &/or Video CLASS RECORDINGS of each session are hosted on Dropbox. Each participant is assigned an additional 1-hr weekly CO-LEARNING POD to support IMMERSION INTEGRATION.


(Sept 13 - Nov 8, 2022)
7 Classes from 
7:30-9:30pm EST / 4:30-6:30pm PST / 7:30-9:30am PHT

*see exact calendar below

First Day (all classes together) - Tuesday, Sept 13

HILIGAYNON - Mondays starting Sept 19

SUGBUANON - Tuesdays starting Sept 20

WARAY  - Wednesdays starting Sept 21

Last Day (all classes together) - Tuesday, Nov 8

* 2-week break from October 10-23, coordinate with pod

*If you are not available to join live because of time zone, you can still join classes by watching recordings on dropbox, keeping up with discussions on discord channel & joining the weekly co-learning pod, suited for your time zone (read more below).



The structure of 7-week BABA BISAYA language immersion follows the Bisayan myth of the 7 realms of the universe, as they correspond to 7 syllables, linked to ancient Vedic seed mantras & chakras.

Through these 7 layers of Bisayan island cosmoworlds, captured in script & speech, we learn different dimensions of language, as it is embedded in diversebut connected seas, soils, social & spiritual ecologies.


Learn more about the mythology here

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Classes includes badlit (Bisayan script) writing practice, weekly presentation, class discussion and supplementary materials like videos, music, films, readings. Beyond 2-hour classes, any homework or communal research is shared on private Discord & public channels.


Each student will be assigned a weekly 1-hour learning pod (according to time zones), consisting of other students and a learning facilitator to support lesson practice & homework integration.


Immersion invites collaborative media making (zines, children's stories, or workbooks, etc.) within each learning pod. This supports future of language learning materials for Bisayan islanders reconnecting to roots.


  • Decolonial, embodied ways of reconnecting to ancestral heritage

  • Learn language as it emerges from ecologies of island peoples

  • Learn everyday communication & basic sentences in a Bisayan language

  • Learn to read and write Badlit (precolonial Bisayan script)

  • Learn native Visayan kultura, geo-history, mythologies, cosmologies.

  • Learn about contemporary Visayan visionaries, artists, organizers, etc.

  • Inspire collaborative learning to co-create cultural archive

Minimum offering for enrollment starts at $300 USD, with options to donate more & support! Payment details will be sent after registration.


Note: We will offer one scholarship per class. To apply, please register & email: w/ request


(Community Guidelines)



Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student ; everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student.

*2022 DATES

Week 1  >  OPEN HOUSE / FIRST CLASS (all 3 Classes Together) Tuesday, September 13

Week 2  >   September 19, 20, 21

Week 3  >   September 26, 27, 28

Week 4  >   October 3, 4, 5

--   TWO WEEK BREAK > October 10-23 (Pods will Coordinate Meetings)

Week 5  >   October 24, 25, 26

Week 6  >   October 31, Nov 1, 2

Week 7  >   CLOSING CIRCLE / FINAL CLASS (all 3 Classes Together) Tuesday, November 8



SUGBUANON - Tuesdays 

WARAY - Wednesdays

About Baba Bisaya

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We are an emerging, transoceanic cultural heritage & creative media center preserving Bisayan islands languages & lived ecologies through learning schools & immersive experiences, for global diaspora & with local roots

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About Khokhoi

KhoKhoi (aka KK/kk de la vida/mary alinney villacastin) is a movement-based media artist and plant, body & cultural heartworker. Living between unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) & Visayan Sea, Philippines. KK is a migrant proudly descended from fisherfolk of Bantayan island, located in the heart center of the Philippine archipelago.


KK holds a BA in Anthropology (Barnard College of Columbia University) & an MA in Media Studies (The New School of Public Engagement). In 2018-2019, KK received an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in Dance to study local festivals & media cultures of the Visayan islands.


Alongside academic studies & artistic co-creations, KK traveled Mexico, India & Philippines, learning healing arts of plant medicine, hilot/bodywork, hatha yoga, dance, movement therapy & martial arts. KK channels these embodied practices through Kalami Spirit Arts @kalamispiritarts, offering somatic bodywork, islayoga, herbal elixirs, cultural handcrafts & curated gatherings.


Last year, KK co-created Baba Bisaya. Plugged into the ancestral techno-ecology of language, KK dreams of connecting folks in diaspora to Bisayan cultural roots and local island communities, as a transoceanic collaborative process of sharing, learning and healing. 

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