A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Antiqueño, Ati, Hamtiknon, Hinaray-a, Karay-a, Kiniray-a, Panayano, Sulud

378,000 (1994 SIL), increasing. 1,000 monolinguals. L2 users: Business people, intermarriage.


Western Panay, almost entire Antique Province; western half, Iloilo Province; into western Capiz Province; scattered areas along Aklan Province; possibly, Mindanao, national capital region.

Language Maps
Language Status

4 (Educational).


Anini-y, Guimaras Island (Gimaras), Hamtik, Lambunao, Miag-Ao, Pandan, Pototan. Antique area has 75% comprehension of Filipino [fil]; 90% of Hiligaynon [hil]; Iloilo area, 95% of Hiligaynon; 90% of Antique.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Hiligaynon [hil]; L2 acquired through school, travel, and media; L2 used in church and school. Used as L2 by Ati [atk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 95%. Literacy rate in L2: 90% in Hiligaynon [hil]. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. TV. Videos. Dictionary. NT: 2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Roman Catholic).