Alfa-Larawan was invented by Frederick Victor Paredes Añana as an alternative way to write Tagalog. It was inspired by the Baybayin script and the name is a combination of alphabet and the Tagalog word larawan which means picture or image. The appearance of each character was inspired by the human head as well as the mouth & jaw movements. Alfa-Larawan comes in two versions: the Male Version and the Female Version.
Other vowel sounds are represented by "pendants" that function as diacritics.
Nearly all punctuation symbols have rectangular pendants.
All numerals have crescent-shaped pendants
Nearly all the mathematical symbols have crescent-shaped pendants
Ang lahat ng tao'y isinilang na malaya at pantay-pantay sa karangalan at mga karapatan. Sila'y pinagkalooban ng katwiran at budhi at dapat magpalagayan ang isa't isa sa diwa ng pagkakapatiran.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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