Artist Creates 3D Model Showing Philippine Establishments Using Baybayin Letters
The term Baybay literally means “to spell” in Tagalog.
As years pass by and everything else is evolving, one thing remains almost untouched: our language. The Philippines has 8 major dialects. Listed in the figure from top to bottom: Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. The language being taught all over the Philippines is Tagalog and English. However, no matter what dialect we use, our way of writing is the same all over the country.
However, the Filipino way of writing hasn’t always been the same. Hundreds of years ago, before the Spanish came to our lands, Filipinos have long used Alibata, or also known as “Baybayin”. Baybayin or Alibata (known in Unicode as the Tagalog script) is a pre-Hispanic Philippine writing system that originated from the Javanese script Old Kawi. The writing system is a member of the Brahmic family (and an offshoot of the Vatteluttu alphabet) and is believed to be in use as early as the 14th century. The term Baybay literally means “to spell” in Tagalog.
A local artist decided to make a 3D model showing establishments and brands in the Philippines, if they used Baybayin. The title of the series is: “Paano kung nasa Pilipinas tayo?”
“I am a big fan of Baybayin pero hindi ako expert haha, so patawarin yung mga errors sa texts,” the artist said on his Facebook post. Apparently, people have messaged him as well, to correct whatever was wrong with the letters he used. Jollibee and 7-11 were among a few famous brands which ere included in the model. Road signs were written in Baybayin as well, showing what the roads would look like if we retained the same old writing, Alibata.
Check out more of his work below: