Philippine Paleographs (Hanunoo, Buid, Tagbanua and Pala’wan)

Documentary heritage submitted by Philippines and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 1999.

Communication by means of symbols and creative graphics is one of man's singular achievements. Syllabaries, like those that developed in the Philippines, go a step further and represent not merely graphics, but articulate sounds. Dating back to at least the 10th century AD, four sets of these syllabaries, out of a documented seventeen, have survived the centuries and remain in use to this day, notably the Hanunoo Mangyan syllabary figuring in poetry - ambahan -, and in song.

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