Old Filipino Script
Baybayin

Lost Ancient Filipino Script

Designed by Kriza Borromeo

 

This summer, I found myself with some free time. So I decided to take on a personal project that was pretty close to home…I am Filipino, by ethnicity, and yet I’ve sometimes felt distant from the Filipino culture. Taking up this short project helped me learn so many fascinating things about my home country.

This project is centred around the ancient script called Baybayin that was the prevalent writing system of the Filipinos from the 1500’s-1700’s. Although Baybayin is no longer in use, a number of scripts that emerged from it are still in use today by tribes in the Philippines. The script, which some historians argue may have come from the Malays, are beautiful in their curves and dots (introduced in the Spanish colonial era). Baybayin writing was initially carved into bamboo but was eventually written as signatures on paper and even printed.

Below is the script and a brief chronological history of the Baybayin.
More information can be found at Paul Morrow’s website.

 
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