LIST: PHILIPPINE DIALECTS – The Many Dialects Of The Country

Here Is The List Of The Many Philippine Dialects

PHILIPPINE DIALECTS – In this topic, we will now know the many Philippine dialects and the description of each dialects of the country.


The Philippines contains many languages aside from the Filipino language. Filipinos usually call them dialects and it shows how diverse Filipinos are when it comes to language like the Kapampangan from Pampanga or Ilokano from Ilocos.

Here are the following well-known Filipino dialects and languages:

  • English – One of the official languages of the Philippines and is being taught by schools.
  • Aklanon or Aklan – A language from Visayas that is native to the province of Aklan in the Island of Panay
  • Asi or Bantoanon – A Visayan language which originated in Banton, Romblon.
  • Binol-anon or Boholano Cebuano – A version of the Cebuano language used in the province of Bohol and most parts of Southern Leyte.
  • Bolinao or Binubolinao – A language from Central Luzon used in Bolinao and Anda of Pangasinan.
  • Bontoc or Finalig – An indigenous language of the Bontoc people of the Mountain Province.
  • Botolan – A language from Sambal in Botolan and Cabangan, Zambales.
  • Butuanon – An Austronesian language used in Agusan, both del Norte and del Sur.
  • Bicolano – A group of languages spoken in the Bicol Region
    • Albay Bikol or Albayanon – A language used in Albay and Sorsogon, it has many variations like:
      • Buhinon
      • Libon
      • Oasnon
      • Daraga
    • Central Bikol or Bikol Naga and- The most spoken language in the Bicol Region
    • Rinconada Bikol – A language used in Camarines Sur
    • Pandan Bikol – A language in Pandan and parts of Catanduanes
  • Capiznon – An Austronesian language used in the province of Capiz in the Panay Island.
  • Cebuano or Bisaya – An Austronesian language spoken in Central Visayas and the western part of Eastern Visayas
  • Chavacano – A Spanish-based creole which is spoken in Cavite, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Davao and Ternate.
  • Cuyonon – A Palawan language used in the Cuyo Island of Palawan.
  • Ibanag – An ethnic language of the Ibanag people.
  • Ilokano – An Autronesian language of Ilocos that is affiliated to languages like Malay, Tetum, Chamorro, Fijian, and more.
  • Itawis – A language of the Itawis people closely related to Ibanag and Ilocano.
  • Hiligaynon or Ilonggo – An Austronesian languase used in the Western Visayas and Soccskargen.
  • Bajaw or Jama Mapun – The language of the Bajaw or the sea gypsies.
  • Kapampangan or Pampango – A language in Pampanga, Southern Tarlacm and Northeastern Bataan and is a major Filipino dialect.
  • Kabalian or Kinabalian – A language from San Juan, Leyte
  • Karay-a or Kinaray-a – A languago spoken by the Karay-a people in Antique.
  • Malaysian and Indonesian – Languages from Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively
  • Manobo – A language from Northern and Central Mindanao
  • Maranao – A language from the Maranao tribe of Lanao, both del Norte and del Sur.
  • Masbateño – A language from the Masbate province.
  • Pangasinan – A language from the Pangasinan province.
  • Romblomanon – An Austronesian language in the Romblon province.
  • Sambal or Sambali – A language spoken in Santa Cruz, Candelana, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba from Zambales.
  • Sangirese or Sangli – An Austronesian language spoken by the Sangirese people that is spoken in Mindanao.
  • Sinama or Sama – A language of the Sama-Bajau people in Sulu.
  • Español or Spanish – previously the official language of the Philippines during the Spanish colonization period.
  • Surigaonon – A language of Surigao, both del Norte and del Sur, and the Dinagat Islands.
  • Sorsoganon – A language from Sorsogon province.
  • Filipino or Tagalog – One of the two main official languages of the Philippines aside from English.
  • Tausug – The langage spoken in Sulu.
  • Waray – A language spoken in the Eastern Visayas.
  • Yakan – A language used in the Basilan Island.

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