What is Baybayin?

Baybayin incorrectly known as Alibata is a pre-Filipino writing system from the islands known as the “Philippines”. Baybayin comes from the word “baybay”, which literally means “spell”. Alibata was a term coined by Paul Versoza in the early 1900′s.

The script has it’s roots in India and slowly started to fall out of the general use after the Spanish arrived in the 1500’s. While the script has always been around and used by a few tribes, it could still be seen subtly in government and company materials. Today, this ancient script is being resurrected thanks to young soul searching Filipinos.


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