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.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Baybayin Basic Chart

There are numerous baybayin charts available but some are not original and with extended characters which are unofficial and not standard which could mislead someone who is still new to the script. This one is a remake of the iconic Ilocan syllabary chart 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.
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 a Dutch anthropologist Antoon Postma is the pamudpod - a vowel cancellation mark virama now accepted by the Mangyan people in Mindoro.

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Baybayin in Facebook

Not only applies as an artistic element as we commonly see but in actual and original purpose - reading and writing. Now that we are in cyberspace through Facebook, we can now type and read baybayin in comments, status update and a lot more.


To configure your browser depending on your operation system to display baybayin properly and more details click here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baybayin In Music Industry

Baybayin in music industry started in the 90's when the band AfterImage released their album 'Bagong Araw' written in baybayin as design in their album art cover. Here are the list of the artist with baybayin in their album art:

Artist: AfterImage
Album: Bagong Araw (Baybayin: ᜊᜄᜓᜅ᜔ ᜀᜍᜏ᜔)
Year: 1996

Artist: Asin
Album: Pag-ibig, Pagbabago, Pagpapatuloy...
Baybayin: ᜀᜐᜒᜈ᜔ ᜇᜎᜏᜅ᜔ᜎᜒᜊᜓᜆ᜔ ᜁᜐ (ASIN DALAWANGLIBOT ISA)
Year: 2002


Artist: Kapatid
Album: Kapatid
Year: 2006
The baybayin 'ᜃ' (Ka) is the band's logo



Artist: RPM
Album: Real Pinoy Music
Year: 2011
The baybayin 'ᜇᜉᜋ' (Ra Pa Ma) is their initials
 

 Artist: Gary Granada
Year: 2012(?)
Although there is a written baybayin script in this album art cover but it did not follow the syllabic way of writing the script. Instead it was written in alphabetic way which reads as Ga-A-Ra-Ya Ga-Ra-A-Na-A-Da-A. It supposed to be written as it below:


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baybayin Signage

Baybayin continues to penetrate commercially from printed shirts/apparels, accessories, perfumes, books and a lot more. And now the script is gaining even more exposure through business signage not only in the Philippines but in overseas as well.


The Real Bank /Location: Philippines
(Unfortunately the entity of the bank is no longer exist due to the acquisition of BDO Unibank Inc. in 2014) 

Montalbo Massage Hut /Location: Philippines

Haraya Kape /Location: Philippines
Raquel Pawnshop /Location: Philippines


Pepe's Kitchen /Location: UK

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Baybayin Keyboard on Android

A keyboard application for Android phones include baybayin script

Screenshot 1 (the baybayin keyboard)
Screenshot 2
 
Screenshot 3 (showing the settings/language selection)

Font used: Baybayin Modern Print Font by Nordenx.

A new update was made available include the change of baybayin font use. The latest update now feature the font Tagalog Doctrina by Paul Morrow which is based on the typeface used in one of the very first book printed in the Philippines, the Doctrina Cristiana of 1593 which is the earliest documented form of the Baybayin script.


Screenshot 4 (the baybayin keyboard)

Screenshot 5 (showing the Tagalog Doctrina font)

 Screenshot 6 (showing the settings/language selection)
 
Now available for download on Google play: MultiLing Keyboard and MyAlpha


Note: Most Android phones are not supported by the Unicode range of the baybayin so you can only see boxes in most applications like built-in browser, Facebook, Messenger, and messaging. It can only appear properly in MyAlpha. It is advisable that you need to type in MyAlpha and copy-paste it in your browser, messenger etc. 
MultiLing Keyboard
MyAlpha

*Screenshot from Xperia Mini

 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Baybayin on the Market

Natasha launched the Robinhood Makabayan Series of colognes and Robin Padilla is the main endorser. The three colognes to choose from with baybayin script are Maginoo (ᜋᜄᜒᜈᜓᜂ), Makisig (ᜋᜃᜒᜐᜒᜄ᜔) and Matipuno (ᜋᜆᜒᜉᜓᜈᜓ).

For more details go to Natasha's Robinhood Fragrance catalogue