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Baybayin: The Vowels

Baybayin is the ancient Philippine syllabic script. It consists of three vowels and fourteen consonants. These seventeen characters when combined with diacritic marks called kudlit are modified to make up forty-five characters. Depending on the position of the kudlit in relation to the consonant, it changes from having the default a vowel sound for that syllable to either an o/u or to an e/i.


The above vowels from left to right are a, i or e, and u or o. These are used in syllables that have no consonant.


The characters are from the Morrow Baybayin Fonts by Paul Morrow, using his Tagalog Doctrina 1593 Baybayin Font. The Doctrina Christiana was one of the first books printed in the Philippines. The font is based on the typeface used in this book.


Paul Morrow's fonts may be downloaded from his excellent website,


The background features a patterned Philippine mat or banig

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Taken on February 27, 2008