The Manila City government through the leadership of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso launched the newly renovated Lagunsilad underpass on Monday, August 24.

A collaborative effort of the local government and Filipino artists, the reconstructed and redesigned underpass showcases nationalistic murals, sustainable vertical gardens and modern signages, all bringing a refreshing and reminiscing look of Manila’s history and culture. Among the featured artists is FEU alumna Raven Angel “Ramri” Rivota who graduated BA in Communication.

Ramri was tapped by the Manila Department of Engineering and Public Works to design the signages for the entry and exit points of the underpass. The signages that will serve as guides to commuters were written in English and translated in Baybayin, a pre-colonial Philippine writing system. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Baybayin Buhayin, Inc. also helped to ensure accurate translation and proper use of font.

During the 18th Congress, Manila Third District Rep. John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto filed House Bill No. 5984 which proposed the promotion, protection, preservation, and conservation of Philippine Indigenous/Traditional Writing Systems.

Embodying her alma mater’s commitment and passion to preserving the Filipino arts and culture, Ramri shared in an online interview with the FEU Advocate that the Baybayin design was not only done for aesthetic purposes. She believes that the use of Baybayin in these signs, can contribute to creating awareness and sparking curiosity to learn the beautiful, age-old language.

When asked how she felt doing the said collaboration project, Ramri responded that it convinced her that great things happen the least you expect it.

“To be part of history is a milestone for me. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the city where I was raised.” (with contributions from Rodelyn Adante)