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Baybayin Modern Kufic Font by Nordenx Baybayin Modern Kufic Font by Nordenx
The Script

Baybayin script is an ancient form of writing by native islanders and tribes in the South East Asian archipelago we now know as the Philippines.

The Font

Download it here in DA: www.deviantart.com/download/58…

I created true type fonts (TTF) I called "Baybayin Modern" to use in modern art. The fonts are stylized modern composite of many examples from the past but the style is based primarily on my calligraphy work and handwriting. These fonts should not be considered as historically accurate examples of the Baybayin. The font is calligraphic & artistic representations and the characters’ shapes, sizes and weights have been made uniform in order to present a neat and elegant printed appearance.

The zip file contains the TTF file and documentation on how to use it. If used in your artwork, please include a credit and/or link back to either the blog (link above) or my DA page.

The Style (Kufic)

Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts and consists of a modified form of the old Nabatean script. It was in this script that the first copies of the Qur'an were written. Islam is one of the oldest organized religions to be established in the Philippines. Although Baybayin Script's most probable origins are of India's Hindu influenced Brahmic (Kavi) Script, Baybayin Modern Kufic pays homage to the rich cultural traditions of our Moro brothers and sisters.

The Sample

The script rendered in green outlined white baybayin kufic font reads:

"Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan."
(Those who don't look back from where they came from, will never reach their destination.)

For more info on the new features included in this font set, please read the ritch text format (.rtf) file that is included in the zip.

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© All of Nordenx Baybayin Modern Fonts are for personal and non-commercial use only. Please contact me at nordenx@yahoo.com for any inquiries about commercial use and licensing for branding, printing, publications, and/or other electronic applications.

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UPDATE: V.1.06 - font file updated, replace .tff if you downloaded prior to July 12, 2011
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
This font has been featured and published in a linguistic textbook by the French author Dr. Jean-Paul G. Potet. www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
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t0lits Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
anf hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan. Tama ba ang pagkaka-basa ko!?:)
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep.

"Ang hindi lumingon..."
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carlo0104 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Galing ng mga fonts... how do you write Jackie in Kufic font?
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:iconcarlo0104:
carlo0104 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Galing ng font mo tol!!!!

Paano mo isulat ang pangalan na Jackie?
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:iconramonchavez:
ramonchavez Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
i like your site, i was thinking to get a chinese char. tat but i think ill go for local symbol.. whats the symbol for happiness? tnx man:)
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marvbuang Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Downloaded! Hahaha.. Galing nito..

Logo in the making..

Maraming salamat..
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
walang ano man :)
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:iconrawkatunez:
rawkatunez Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
must have been said but it looks too arabic
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:iconcyberjini:
cyberjini Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
oo i like it. tehre is arabic influence..
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
the style is arabic, our people and culture has moslem heritage, but the script doesn't have any arabic influence itself but rather hindu/brahmic

thanks! :)
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cyberjini Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
i ilke it :)
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ALKIMYaNJI Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
ALKIMYaNJI knows good calligraphy when ALKIMYaNJI sees good calligraphy
Good job! :-)
Personally, the Kufi and Andalusi scripts are my favorite...
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!

Eventhough this is in Kufic style, it's still Filipino Baybayin and not Arabic - although I would love to learn how to do Kufi in Arabic as well, I just don't know where to start. :)

Again, thanks for making this one of your fav :+fav:
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ALKIMYaNJI Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
No problem! I can read Arabic so I recognized that it was not on the spot! I'm actually researching Baybayin and Filipino as I'm replying. It looks cool! :)
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kabotage Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
isa kang maestro! :clap:
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
*bows... maraming salamat. :)
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taejo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
I can't read it, but I want to congratulate you on making the effort to produce a quality font in an endangered writing system.

It might seem a bit ironic, since English is my first language, but I think it is very important to preserve languages and writing systems (especially when they are well suited to their language).
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Indeed! Thank you for your kind comment. :)
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:icondiobrando:
DioBrando Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the generous font type my friend. This will help me greatly in my aim to impart/popularize our almost lost Filipino culture. More power to you my friend.
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I try. :) Salamat kabayan!
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Datu-Tamasier Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
maraming salamat po sa mga fonts!!!!!!!!!!!! Husay ng pinoy!!!!
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
walang anoman. my pleasure. :)
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Datu-Tamasier Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D
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veritasgraphics Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Amazing! :+fav:
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
:) You found it. Did you download?

If you did, you might have to re-download the updated final version when it comes out in a week or two...
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veritasgraphics Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Yeah, I downloaded it. It's amazing font type. Very rare and unique kind.
There are very few filipino font type designers around. The last that I have
seen a font type design by a filipino is a font type called "Sulat Ko"

I like the Baybayin Modern Kufic that I used it to my current project.
I will give you a note, credit and link you once it is posted in my
gallery. Thank you.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
I was startled at first to see the word Kufic associated with a non-Arabic font (I work with a calligrapher so I have kufi for breakfast), but after reading your description I'm quite impressed – this is a very beautiful font with a rich concept. I'll probably never have the opportunity to write in Baybayin but I'm going to keep this anyway! Well done :thumbsup:
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah, yes. It is quite odd even for me. Quite honestly, at first I was not sure if I should release this font because the popular term "Alibata" is erroneous. Not many Filipinos are even aware that we have a native script, let alone the few who know that we do call it by its wrong name. I don't want Baybayin to be mistakenly associated once again as being Arabic in nature. Also, Filipino Muslims adopted Arabic writing and abandoned Baybayin script long before Baybayin fell into disuse. But I did consider this:

Most theories predate Baybayin from the arrival of Islam in the Philippine Islands. But consider this: Baybayin (and the 3 other existing native Mangyan scripts) theoretically came from the Kavi (Old Kawi) script of Java around the 13th or early 14th century CE, Kawi which evolved from the Pallava script of South India whose early inhabitants was already in contact with the Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Syrians, Jews, and the Chinese - Pallava, based on historical, anthropological, and linguistic evidence, indicates that it came directly from the Pahlavi script which was used to record the Pahlavi or Middle Persian language that was spoken in pre-Islamic Iran between 3rd century BCE and 9th century CE - Pahlavi evolved from the Aramaic script which was the international trade language of the ancient Middle East between 1000 and 600 BCE, spoken from the Mediterranean coast to the borders of India, Aramaic script is derived from Phoenician script which is an important "trunk" in the alphabet tree, in that many modern scripts can be traced through it; Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek scripts are all descended from Phoenician. ...thus, in a way, Baybayin also descended form the same script as Arabic.

But I digress... Kufic is one of the most beautiful forms of calligraphy that I can only wish I can emulate with this humble font. Also, as I often say that the Baybain script is one thing that all Filipino islanders have in common; whether they are Ilocano, Tagalog, or Bisaya - the minute regional difference in the scripts are a non-issue. But what about the Filipino Moros who didn't use Baybayin? Well... this font is my humble offering to them. This is so that everyone realizes the beauty of all our cultures.

Thank you very much for the kind comment.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very, very interesting stuff! :thumbsup: And you're very knowledgeable.
I can vouch for the beauty of Kufi, there's just no end to the geometric games it lends itself to.
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danum Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
gusto ko to! pakopya. mabuhay ang pilipinas! :D
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Kopya? Sige, i-download mo na lang 'yung Font at gamitin kahit saan. :D Salamat!
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Salamat sa fonts kaibigan:D Parang pang Filipino Muslim yung style nya,keep em coming=)
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks and you're welcome! :) Oo nga, para sa ating mga kapatid na Moro 'yan. He he he...
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MakubX Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
I will down load it!
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
Sige! Enjoy! :)

Note the text file (.rtf) containing further info about the font, I mentioned you. ;)

It reads:

"Keystrokes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 renders special kudlit characters. Normally, it has been recorded as common practice that some writers would double up kudlits to represent repeating similar vowel syllables. For example: Bibi = bi4 ; Bibe = bi3 ; Bobo = bo5 ; Kuko = ku5 ; Also, a new addition to the syllable repeater/doubling method is a modified kudlit, introduced to Nordenx by Filipino artist Sausa ( [link] ). Use keystroke 2 to use the double syllable kudlit. For example: Baba = b2 ; Bibi = bi2 ; Bobo = bo2 . Whith these special kudlits, Baybayin Modern Kufic quickly allows these kudlit combinations: a/a (2), i/i (2), i/e, e/i, e/e (2), o/o (2), o/u, u/o, and u/u (2); but not a/e, a/i, a/o, a/u, e/o, e/u, i/o, i/u, o/e, o/i, u/e, and u/i (due to the top & bottom positions of e/i and o/u preventing a method of sequence). Also, please note that the characters rendered by the ‘, “, *, and – keystrokes are not syllabic kudlits but merely markers and behaves differently (does not position after and on top & bottom of a character)."
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MakubX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Wow thank u that u add my new optional system>> thank u(^_^)
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's my pleasure. :)
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makoyuki Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhhhh naitindihan ko na sya
no need to say it coz
thats is the famous words of our race

"ang hindi lumingon sa pinangyarihan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan"
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
ayan! ayos! :)

The more you use it, the more you become proficient in reading and writing the script - even in any style. ;)
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makoyuki Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the syle of but it seems to be soo confusing
nalilito yata ako
pero nice sya ha.....
parang hindu scripture...
heheheh
nice
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
hindu naman talaga ang ancestor ng baybayin. ;)
ang kufic style ay muslim pero it's okay, may middle eastern history din naman ang baybayin. :D
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makoyuki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha.............oo pala heh......
sana naging national alphabet natin toh
paano naman kasi..........
hindi tayo loyal sa bansa natin
konti lang ang nagapreciate ng alibata...
its soooo sad......
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LEiGS Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Hobbyist
mabuhay ka, kuya! thank you po sa font!
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:iconnordenx:
Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
salamat salamat, walang ano man. enjoy enjoy lang. :D
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