Visayan languages

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Visayan languages

Spoken in

speaker More than 33 million

The Visayan languages are from the Philippine ethnic group of the Visaya spoken.

The Visayan languages ​​include 21 languages, including the largest language with 20 million speakers, Cebuano , which is itself also known as Bisaya or Visayan, Hiligaynon with 7 million and Wáray-Wáray with 3 million speakers.

In addition to the Visayas Islands, the language is also spoken in the Bicol region , especially on Masbate , the islands south of Luzon such as Romblon , large parts of Mindanao and in the Sulu Archipelago .

Distribution of the Visaya languages ​​in the Philippines

The Visayas languages, together with Tagalog and Bikol, belong to the Central Philippine languages .


The Visayan languages ​​are divided into five subfamilies; important languages ​​are:

  • Asi or Bantoanon is spoken on the islands of Tablas , Banton , Simara and Maestro de Campo (in the Romblon province ).
  • Cebuano including Boholano, Leytehanon and Mindanao Visayas.
  • Surigaonon including Jaun-Jaun is the closest to Cebuano.
  • Central Visayas including Hiligaynon , Waray-Waray , Romblomanon with the Sibuyan dialects Cajidiocanon, San Fernando-Azagra Sibujanon and Magdiwang-Espana Sibuyanon, Ati, Capiznon, Masbatenyo, Porohanon, the Bisakol languages ​​of Sorsogon and Northern Samar.
  • Western Visayas including Kinaray-a, Aklan languages ​​(Aklanon, Malaynon), Onhan or Loocnon (Tablas), Caluyanon, Cuyonon, Ratagnon.
  • Tausug is spoken in Jolo , Sulu , Palawan , Basilan , Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga, as well as in Kalimantan (Indonesia) and Sabah (Malaysia).

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