Here’s a FUN Fact:

An alphasyllabary belonging to the family of the Brahmic scripts, Baybayin is a pre-Hispanic Philippine script. The term ‘baybayín’ means “to write” or “to spell (syllabize)” in Tagalog. Baybayin was widely used in Luzon and other parts of the Philippines prior to and during the 16th and 17th centuries before being the Latin alphabet was introduced during the period of Spanish colonization.In the 19th and 20th centuries, Baybayin evolved into the forms of Tagbanwa script of Palawan, Hanuno’o and Buhid scripts of Mindoro, and was used to create the modern Kulitan script of the Kapampangan, and Ibalnan script of the Palawan tribe.

Sources:San Buenaventura, P. (1613). “Vocabulario de Lengua Tagala”. Bahay Saliksikan ng Tagalog. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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