234,000 (2000 census), increasing. 2,300 monolinguals. Speakers of all Bikol languages: 4,580,000 (2000 census). Ethnic population: 320,000.
Luzon, Camarines Sur Province, Rinconada district, Iriga city, Baao, Bato, Balatan, Bula, and Nabua.
Iriga City inhabitants regard Naga [bcl] dialect as true Bicolano; proud of their language and culture. Christian.