Pre-Spanish Period

Way before the Spanish Colonization of the Philippines, Filipinos already had a system of writing that was used for both basic literary recording and trade. They had their own syllabary derived from the common Malayo-Polynesian base. However, much of literature was passed down orally. It was composed of epics, folktales, proverbs, songs, ritual chants, and riddles.


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