Baybayin [/baɪbaˈjɪn/] means "to write" or "to spell" in Tagalog. It is a Philippine script derived from Brahmic script of India. It was used widely to write Tagalog language prior and during the 16th and 17th centuries before the adoption of Latin alphabet.
Learning the basics of Baybayin is easy especially if you understand Tagalog or Filipino language. The modern Baybayin alphabet consists of 18 characters. Let's start with vowels.
- Baybayin scripts predate the birth of Christ.
- Baybayin has been the inspiration for a dance, called Sayaw Baybayin (Sabai), and a form of local martial art.
- The Baybayin script originated from the taklobo or giant clam.
||13th Century (or older), 18th century (revived in modern times)
||Tagalog, Sambali, LLocano, Kapampangan, Bikolano, Pangasinense, Bisayan languages