3,500 (2003 SIL). Unknown number in Malibcong dialect area.
Luzon, Kalinga Province, Balbalan and Pasil municipalities; Abra Province, Daguioman and Malibcong municipalities.
Banao Pikekj, Gubang Itneg, Malibcong Banao. Lexical similarity: Malibcong Banao 58% with Ilocano [ilo], 81% with Lubuagan Kalinga [knb], 73% with Limos Kalinga [kmk]; Banao Pikek (Daguioman) dialect 62% with Ilocano, 83% with Masadiit and Boliney Itneg [tis], 79% with Masadiit and Sallapadan Itneg [tis], 78% with the Banao dialect of Malibcong, and 73% with Binongan Itneg [itb].
High value placed on education. Traditional religion, Christian (Roman Catholic).