The Hanunó'o or Mangyan script is one of a number of closely related scripts used in the Philippines until the 17th Century. It is thought to have descended from the Kawi script of Java, Bali and Sumatra, which in turn descended from the Pallava script, one of the southern Indian scripts derived from Brahmi.
Hanunó'o writing is used mainly to write love songs or ʼambāhan, and also for correspondence. About 70% of the Hanunó'o are able to read and write their language, and there is at least one person in each family who is literate.
Hanunó'o, an Austronesian language spoken in the southern part of the Philippine island of Mindoro by about 10,000 to 12,000 people. Speakers of this language are known as Hanunó'o or Hanunó'o-Mangyan. The term Mangyan is the collective name for the eight indigenous peoples of Mindoro.
The letters are all pronunced in the same way as their IPA equivalents, with the exception of ng = [ŋ] and y = [j].
Information about the Hanunó'o/Mangyan language and people
Mangyan Heritage Center
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