Hanunoo (Hanunóo)Hano

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Hanunóo Script Sample
Use in Courtship


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Hanunoo written with Hanunoo script hnn-Hano Hanunoo [hnn]

  • A sample of text written in the Hanunóo script. It is an excerpt of a text called 'Ana Nimi', taken from 'A primer to Mangyan script', published by the Mnagyan Heritage Centre. This version of the text has been typed using a Hanunóo font; the complete original text was handwritten and can be viewed on the  Christus Rex site.

  • Although education in the script is not formalized, literacy is high both statistically and in terms of social significance. Hanunóo leisure is dominated by rounds of poetry and courtship, and it is estimated that up to 85% of texts written in the script take the form of love songs, its other crucial role being correspondence. During courtship, the goal is to memorize as many love songs as possible, and being able to read and write the songs facilitates this.


    Conklin, Harold C. 1949. "Bamboo Literacy on Mindoro", Pacific Discovery 2/4: 4-11, as cited in Kuipers and McDermott, "Insular Southeast Asian Scripts", in "The World's Writing Systems", Daniels and Bright, eds.

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