Fellow Baybayin artist David Lazaro writes about the “Fundamentals of Baybayin” on BakitWhy.com
The ability to read and to write is the mark of any civilization. Thus, it should be no surprise that Spanish accounts reveal that when they first landed on the shores of the Philippine islands, the people of the land were already reading and writing to each other through their own script. The accounts even estimate that the native people of the Philippines may have been writing this script for over a century prior to the first Spanish steps on the beaches of Homonhon made by Magellan himself. This script that seemingly every local was literate in including women and children was found to be called Baybayin.