At my dear, transnational, Filipina American friend Jojo’s (pictured to the left) request, I react to the new music video “Kasmala” (“ᜃᜐ᜔ᜋᜎ”/"كاسملا") by the Quezon City-based Filipino boy band Alamat (ᜀᜎᜋᜆ᜔/الامت). Please check out her channel and follow her (link below). Jojo’s channel features her reaction to “Kasmala” (“ᜃᜐ᜔ᜋᜎ”/"كاسملا") and our (forthcoming) joint reaction to Filipino American historian Kirby Aráullo’s comprehensive, concise analysis of the music video (links also below). Also, please consider following Mr. Aráullo’s channel and watching his analysis (links also below).
By the way, what Filipino languages are featured in this music video? Please feel free to provide your insights in the comments if you know. Maraming salamat po (ᜋᜋᜒᜅ᜔ ᜐᜎᜋᜆ᜔ ᜉ᜔!) (! ڤو مارامينع سَلَامَات )
The “Arabic” featured in the paragraphs above is actually a Tagalized (sic) form of Jawi, an Arabic-based script used to write Southeast Asian languages. Dr. Isaac Donoso Jiménez, a Spaniard philologist of the Spanish language, Hispanist (sic), Arabist, scholar of Hispanic Filipino culture, and assistant manager and editor of the magazine of Revista Filipina, maintains that Tagalog was written by a minority of Luzon’s Muslims prior to Spain’s conquest of the Philippines. Dr. Donoso also highlights that Mindanao’s Muslims wrote Spanish in Jawi from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. (Please see the links below.) In light of this history, I am restoring Jawi for writing Tagalog as an aspiring Arabist and on-and-off student of Tagalog with the Filipino diaspora’s children in the Arab world in mind.
I. Jojo (YoItsJojo): https://youtube.com/c/YoItsJojo
II. Kirby Aráullo (Kirby Araullo): https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCLdHxodB8o1nAhJTstCoWlw
III. Jojo’s reaction: https://youtu.be/y0yrCAsq30w
IV. Kirby Aráullo’s reaction to “Kasmala” (“ᜃᜐ᜔ᜋᜎ”/"كاسملا"): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zH-LOvjneAU
V. our joint reaction to Mr. Aráullo’s analysis of “Kasmala” (“ᜃᜐ᜔ᜋᜎ”/"كاسملا"): https://youtu.be/VR0CEF217ZE
VI. pre-Hispanic use of Jawi for written Tagalog: https://www.academia.edu/39729820/LETRA_DE_MECA_JAWI_SCRIPT_IN_THE_TAGALOG_REGION_DURING_THE_16_TH_CENTURY
VII. seventeenth to nineteenth century Muslim use of Jawi for written Spanish in Mindanao: https://ojs.philippinestudies.net/index.php/ps/article/view/4676