Monday, July 15, 2019

Baybayin in Showbiz Industry


Beginning in the late 90s, before the turn of the 21st century, baybayin script started appearing in showbiz industry. It was first appeared as a cover art for the TV drama-action series Pintados (The Painted Ones) broadcast by GMA Network. It premiered on September 4, 1999 and ended on September 2, 2000 with a total of 52 episodes

Pintados; 1999-2000

Followed by Pintados a kid-oriented show was broadcast this time by TV network ABS-CBN from 2000 to 2001.

Pahina; 2000-2001

In March 24 2008, TV network ABS-CBN premiered Matanglawin (ᜋᜆᜅ᜔ᜎᜏᜒᜈ᜔), a weekly science-environmental educational show hosted by Kim Atienza, popularly known as Kuya Kim.

Matanglawin; 2008-Present

In episode 103 of Amaya, a Philippine fictional historical period drama broadcast by GMA Network which premiered on May 30, 2011, the main character named Amaya (portrayed by Marian Rivera) teaches baybayin.

Screenshot from Amaya episode 103

In one of the episode of La Luna Sangre (The Blood Moon), a 2017 Philippine horror-fantasy drama television series broadcast by ABS-CBN, Sandrino (portrayed by Richard Gutierrez) was studying the Book of Gaway which was written in baybayin.

Screenshot from La Luna Sangre


Recently, baybayin was showcased as part of the story in The Day After Valentine's, a romantic movie released in 2018. The plot centered a woman (portrayed by Bela Padilla) that takes the responsibility of helping a brokenhearted and self-destructive man (portrayed by JC Santos) to fix his problems. Being part of the story, baybayin was also featured in the poster written as ᜆᜌᜓ ᜈ ᜊ below the title of the movie.

The Day After Valentine's; 2018

Another movie which will about to release in 2019 titled Indak has a baybayin translation of the title itself. The film stars Nadine Lustre and Sam Concepcion.

Indak; 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Printed Baybayin Literature

After the first printed book in the Philippines the Doctrina Cristiana in 1593 where baybayin characters was first printed in paper, not much have been printed since then but by the 20th century up to this day, baybayin literature again resurfaced due to its gaining popularity especially in the digital age.

Pages of the Doctrina showing, from upper left, an archaic wording of the Lord's Prayer in Baybayin, and the Ave Maria in Spanish and Tagalog
In 1963, a baybayin magazine was published titled Panitik Silangan. This was the first magazine which is mostly printed in baybayin.
Front cover of Panitik Silangan. Photo by Stanley Baldwin O. See
The latest printed reading baybayin materials include the graphic novel Kalem (Anak Bathala) and a new baybayin magazine titled Surat Magazine which done fully in baybayin, the first magazine in 50 years are currently available and can be purchased online.

Kalem (Anak Bathala Book 1) by Norman de los Santos , Edsel Africa , Bernard Morillo

Surat Magazine

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

International Baybayin Carrier

New Philippine Passport Design with Baybayin Inscription
Image source: Wikipedia

A new generation of Philippine e-passport was released on August 15, 2016 by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows a generally new design. Aside from advanced security features is the inclusion of baybayin script in one of its pages.

A closer look on a page of the e-passport with baybayin script
The baybayin script printed ᜀᜅ᜔ ᜃᜆᜓᜏᜒᜇᜈ᜔ ᜀᜌ᜔ ᜋᜄ᜔ᜉᜉᜇᜃᜒᜎ ᜐ ᜁᜐᜅ᜔ ᜊᜌᜈ᜔  (some characters are blocked by the flag) reads "Ang katuwiran ay magpapadakila sa isang bayan" (Righteousness exalts a nation) is taken from a verse in Proverbs 14:34 of the Bible (Old Testament).

Sunday, September 20, 2015

No More Boxes!

The release of Apple's iOS 9 on September 16, 2015 focuses less on new features and more on under-the-hood optimizations, as well as battery improvements but in baybayin, this is the finest day. iOS 9 expanded its Unicode range on its System font by utilizing the Google Noto Font which includes Tagalog, Buhid, Hanunoo, and Tagbanwa script. Now it can be seen the baybayin clearly in iPad and iPhone that has iOS 9 version. No more squares or boxes in messaging, messenger and safari browser.

Screenshot in Safari

Screenshot in Safari
Screenshot in Messenger
Screenshot in Messaging
However there is no fully supported third-party baybayin keyboard yet that can directly type the script but it can be done through a separate customized keyboard by Unicode Pad. Simply type in and copy-paste it to desired messaging.

Screenshot in Unicode Pad with customized baybayin keyboard

With the inclusion of baybayin in iOS 9, it paved the way to a broader and wider field in cyberspace and communications. More people will be able to use the script for communication and has wider access and exposure to the world. This cemented the script together with the existing scripts like Korean Hangeul, Japanese Katakana/Hiragana, Chinese Hanzi, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic and others, ultimately placing it to a full-pledged living script.


Following the updating of iOS 9.0, third party baybayin keyboards emerges thus typing baybayin in iOS devices made easily. Below is an example and one of the popular third party babayin keyboard application for iOS developed:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Baybayin Basic Chart

There are numerous baybayin charts available but some are not original and with extended developed characters which are unofficial and not standard that could mislead someone who is still new to the script. This one is a remake of the iconic Ilocan syllabary chart also known as Kur-itan taken from the Francisco López typefont of the 1621 Ilocan Doctrina Cristiana (Líbro a naisurátan ámin a bagás ti Doctrina Cristiana nga naisúrat ití líbro ti cardenal agnágan Belarmino quet ináon ti Fr. Francisco López, padre a San Agustín ití sinasantóy). The font used for this remake is the Baybayin Lopez font created by Paul Morrow based on the same typefont.
The above chart first introduces by F. López the utilization of the vowel cancelling cross-virama for the Reformed method of writing. In addition to the chart, there are equivalent marks for comma and period but it can also be use to other punctuation marks such as exclamation point and question mark. Another glyph created by the late Dutch anthropologist Antoon Postma is the pamudpod - a vowel cancellation mark virama now accepted by the Mangyan people in Mindoro.

Font creator Norman Delos Santos include pamudpod in his fonts as a proposed replacement for the Spanish cross virama for end/trailing consonants while leaving the +/x virama for leading consonants. This proposed convention further applies to +/x virama to a distinct purpose - for writing foreign words with leading consonants (ex. trabaho, proyekto).

*Note pamudpod glyph taken from Baybayin Modern Sulat font by Norman Delos Santos