Baybayin in everyday life

People often ask me why it’s important to know Baybayin. I get a strange look on their face when I tell the I don’t think it’s really important to know the script. Before a Baybayin fan, I’m a realist 1st. There are far more important things Pinoys in the Philippines should be learning. If your lucky enough to practice Baybayin and want to incorporate your culture in everyday life, try changing your signature to Baybayin.

Below is my drivers license. Turned out well considering the digital pad didn’t output your signature so I can verify the strokes/kudlit (didn’t show) much like the credit card terminals you see at stores. Signing blindly was tough.

My Baybayin signature

I was having a conversation with Ray of about how we use Baybayin instead of our western signature. It got me thinking how one would go about “legally” changing your signature if needed. The list of signature major updates would be banks, credit cards, drivers license and passport. The tough part when writing your signature in Baybayin is doing it fast in a cursive way and not picking up the pen.

Cursive style

You could actually do away with the kudlits as it’s not meant to have all the characters just like when you sign your name with the Roman alphabet.

Writing each character would be equivalent to printing each character when signing in the Roman alphabet.