The Philippines has a long history and understanding some of it helps understand the people.

Before the Spanish colonized the Philippines in the 1500s, it already had a rich history of writing using an indigenous alphabet called baybayin. If you want to learn more about it, you can read about it:

Filipinos no longer use this writing style, even when writing in Filipino. However, there’s a resurgence of its use in official documents and seals to revive their lost culture and foster Philippine pride.

The baybayin script there reads “Ang katuwiran ay nagpapadakila sa isang bayan” or “Righteousness exalts a nation” in reference to Proverbs 14:34.

Some Filipinos use baybayin when doing calligraphy. It’s growing in popularity in with desktop font makers.

It’s also a popular script for tattoos and on products.

You can use to see what certain words and phrases look like in baybayin. If you know Filipino, you’ll get the best results. I tried it out for fun, and here’s what John Jonas looks like:

(Di-yo-h-n Di-yo-na-s)

Learn more about the Philippine work culture with my book: The Outsourcing Lever.