Created by Joseph Barretto, bagoyin is a writing system based on the Tagalog script. Bagoyin comes from bagong baybayin, or "new script".
Bagoyin came about after a mental game of "what if". What if the Spaniards had allowed the Filipinos to retain use of their script? What if the script had evolved in form and new letters were added to encompass foreign sounds? Bagoyin is one imagined outcome.
The top row shows the evolved baybayin letters. Below the line are the derivatives used for new letters not in the original Tagalog alphabet.
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)
If you have any questions about bagoyin, you can contact Joseph Barretto at joopynyc[at]yahoo[dot]com
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