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Tagbanwa    Tagbanwa alphabet

The Tagbanwa alphabet is one of a number of closely related scripts used in the Philippines until the 17th Century AD. 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.

Notable features

Tagbawan, which is also known as Aborlan Tagbanwa, Apurawnon or Tagbanua, is spoken by about 10,000 people in central Palawan in the Philippines. Related languages include Central Tagbanwa, which is spoken by about 2,000 people in the northwest of Palawan; and Calamian Tagbanwa, which has about 10,000 speakers in the Calamian Islands north of Palawan.

Tagbanwa alphabet

Tagbanwa alphabet

Sample text in Tagbanwa (Lord's prayer)

Sample text in Tagbanwa (Lord's prayer)


Supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl

Tower of Babel in Tagbanwa


Information about the Tagbanwa alphabet and languages

Free Tagbanwa font

Information about Philippine history, language, writing, etc

An introduction to the alphabets of the Philippines by Hector Santos

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas