The script is also used to write letters, notifications, and other documents. The characters are not memorized in any particular order; learners typically begin by learning how to write their name. Literacy among the Hanunó'o people is high despite a lack of formal education in the script.
Hanunoo is spoken in the following locations according to Barbian (1977):  Barrio Tugtugin, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Naluak, Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro (on the upper Caguray River) Bamban, Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro (also with Ratagnon and Bisayan residents)
- 13,000 (2000)
The exception is the Buhid who use it only to refer to other highland peoples and not to themselves. The Hanuno'o, on the other hand, insist that they are the "authentic" Mangyan ( hanuno'o means "true" in their language). Mindoro presents one of the great anomalies of Philippine history.
Nov 28, 2018 · Historically, young Hanunuo men and women learned the Hanunuo script in order to write each other love poems. The goal was to learn as many songs as possible, and using the script to write the songs facilitated this process. Nowadays they are more likely to use digital devices, which are unlikely to support the Hanunuo script.
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The ambahan is the traditional poetry of the Hanunuo Mangyans of Oriental Mindoro. It is usually written on bamboo in the Surat Mangyan, a centuries-old pre-Spanish script. The syllabic script and the ambahan poetry have complemented each other, contributing to their continued existence today.