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Free Filipino-inspired fonts for your next project

By Kara Santos Published Sep 07, 2020 12:00 am Updated Sep 07, 2020 9:08 am

Show off your Pinoy pride with free typefaces inspired by hand drawn lettering, typography and aesthetics embedded in Philippine culture. Uno Graphiko, a graphic designer based in Pasig, compiled an infographic of some Filipino-made typefaces crafted by local designers that anyone is free to download and use.

Named after destinations and cultural concepts in the country, these fonts are perfect for Filipino-themed graphic design projects.

Quiapo - crafted by Typeface Designer Aaron Amar, Quiapo is a font inspired by the Jeepney signs hung and displayed behind the windshields of Jeepneys and other public transport vehicles. 

Cubao - designed by Aaron Amar, this font is similarly inspired by the signboards hanging on jeepneys, SUVs, buses, and other transport vehicles within and outside Metro Manila.

Kawit - also designed by Aaron Amar, this Brush Italic Typeface inspired by the curves and swashes of old letterings in the Philippines, such as former government agency emblems and seals,  as well as local prints and signs that represent the country.

LL Baguio - crafted by Lloyd Zapanta, this font is a cultural display designed to preserve the aesthetics of the well-known Philippine broom and its weaved typography.

Batangas - designed by Alfredo Marco Pradil and Hanken Design Co., the Batangas Typeface was  inspired by the strong character of the Batangueños. The font features strong accents and sharp edges reminiscent of the balisong or butterfly knife.

Dangwa - crafted by Aaron Amar, this curvy soft typeface was inspired by Filipino sign makers and typography found in the lively streets of Manila and other streets in the Philippines.

BBT Martires - designed by Jose Misael Villanueva, this font was inspired by the symbols of Filipino paintings and signages displayed in the streets and public transport in the country. It comes in Thin, Regular and Extra Bold weights.

Bantayog - designed by David Maza, Bantayog is a rough display typeface based on the characters repainted over the worn-out cast iron text about significant events in the past lives of prominent national figures narrated on Philippine historical markers.

BBT Pamumundok - designed by John Misael Villanueva, this typeface was inspired by the mountain tribe tattoo in the Philippines.

Maragsa - designed by David Maza, Maragsa is a display slight-serif typeface inspired by the look of accent marks used as a guide to the right pronunciation of Filipino words – the pakupyâ accent.

All the fonts are free for the public to use, download and share from Behance, a social media platform that showcases and discovers creative work.

(Images via Behance)