Tagalog, often referred to as Filipino, is spoken in the Philippines by about 22 million people as a first language. The native Tagalog speaking population is mostly concentrated around Metro Manila, the southern part of Luzon and the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque. As part of the Austronesian language family, Tagalog shares some similarities with Indonesian and Malay languages. Tagalog is the lingua franca for Filipinos across the world.
The Cebuano language, also referred to as Bisaya (“Visayan”), has about 20 million speakers making it the second most spoken language in the Philippines. This language is from the island of Cebu, and serves as the lingua franca for most Southern parts of the country. Cebuano is the native language of the people of Cebu, Bohol, the eastern part of Negros island, the western parts of Leyte and Biliran islands, the southern third of Masbate island, and throughout most of the Mindanao region. Since the language is so widely-distributed within the Philippines, it is also spoken by an important number of migrant ethnic groups in several parts of the globe. It ranks at number 47 for the world’s most spoken languages.
Ilokano is the most predominant language spoken in the northern part of the Philippines. The language is spoken as a native language by approximately eight million people found primarily in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Abra, and as a secondary language by more people located in other Philippine provinces. It’s also important to note that Ilokano is the native language of many Filipino immigrants in the USA, as they were the first Filipino ethnic group to immigrate en masse to North America, where they established large communities. A considerable number of Ilokano speakers can also be found in Hong Kong, Singapore, Middle East, Canada, Europe and Japan.
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