Partial Message Says “8 7000 di-yo-li-bi de-li-be-“
(Ticao) While experts quibble over the age and origin of the mysterious stone tablet known as the baybayin or Rizal stone, a separate group of researchers now say they have managed to decipher a small section of the artifact.
This comes less than a week after experts gathered for the 1st Philippine Conference on the Baybayin Stones which sought to clarify the nature of the stone.
According to the research team which attended the conference proceedings at Ticao, the small section of the stone they managed to translate contains numbers and a few partial words which cannot be reconstructed because some letters have been lost.
So far the deciphered part of the stone translates to:
“8 7000,” “Di yo li bi,” and “de li be”
The same research team claims that their discovery is groundbreaking because it is the first baybayin text to contain numbers.
“It was the numbers that threw us off. Previously we had thought baybayin did not have a proper system for writing numbers… but there it is… 8 and 7,000.” Professor Marco Tan of the Philippine National State University of the Philippines (PNSUP) Linguistics and Animal Husbandry Department said.
Despite the breakthrough, none of the experts present at the conference could offer an explanation for what the numbers and words mean.
“8-7000 could be a date. August of the year 7000? I suspect it is similar to the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which terminates on specific dates thus signifying cataclysmic events.” Professor Bernardo Cabral, who is also of the PNSUP Linguistics and Animal Husbandry Department, said.
As for what “Di yo li bi” and “de li be” could possibly mean, none of the scholars had a clue.
“It could be a person, a god, a place or even the mascot for a fast food chain for all we know!” Tan explained.