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Tagbanwa alphabet

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Tagbanwa alphabet

Languages Languages of Palawan
Time period
c. 1300–present
Parent systems
Sister systems
Old Sundanese
ISO 15924 Tagb, 373
Direction Left-to-right
Unicode alias

Tagbanwa, also known as Apurahuano, is one of the writing systems of the Philippines. The Tagbanwa languages (Aborlan, Calamian, and Central), which are Austronesian languages with about 8,000 speakers in the central and northern regions of Palawan, are dying out as the younger generations of Tagbanwa are learning Cuyonon and Tagalog.


  • Origin 1
  • Features 2
  • Unicode 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Tagbanwa script was used in the Philippines until the 17th century. Closely related to Baybayin, it is believed to have come 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.[1]


Tagbanwa is a syllabic alphabet in which each consonant has an inherent vowel /a/. Other vowels are indicated either by separate letters, or by diacritics. When vowels appear at the beginning of words or one they own, they are represented by separate letters.

Tagbanwa is traditionally written on bamboo in vertical columns from bottom to top and left to right. Though it is read from left to right in horizontal lines.[1]


Tagbanwa script was added to the Unicode Standard in March, 2002 with the release of version 3.2.

The Unicode block for Tagbanwa is U+1760–U+177F:

Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
1.^ As of Unicode version 8.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

See also


  1. ^ a b Omniglot: Tagbanwa. Accessed August 28, 2008.

External links

  • Unicode Tagbanwa Range 1760-177F (in PDF)
  • Tagbanwa font
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