Ancient writing system featured at the Skokie Festival of Culture

Renowned Filipino artist, lecturer and cultural preservationist, Fred DeAsis, showcased the Philippine ancient writing system Baybayin at the Skokie Festival of Culture on May 18 and 19. The festival, held annually at Oakton Park since 1991, has flourished over nearly three decades, attracting over 25,000 visitors representing more than 30 cultures.

Over two days in May, attendees enjoy a rich tapestry of experiences including ethnic folk music and dance, arts and crafts, international children's games, food and drinks, cultural booths, and the festival’s iconic flag display. Recognized with state and national art event programming awards, the festival serves as a platform for fostering understanding among Skokie residents of diverse backgrounds.

“I want to reach out and present our unique culture to the public. A Baybayin demo is a very effective way to convey the Baybayin writing system,” DeAsis expressed in an interview.

In addition to the Baybayin workshop, DeAsis conducts traveling Kut-kut cultural art exhibits, Parol making, Saranggola making, and lectures on ancient Philippine art and culture.

Fred DeAsis, recipient of the 2010 CFO Presidential Award from the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, for outstanding achievement and service in the field of Arts and Culture, continues to champion Filipino heritage on both local and international stages.

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