We native speakers refer to our language as Cabalianon or Kinabalianon. This language share certain characteristics with Cebuano, Boholano, and Surigaonon mainly because of the seafaring livelihood of pre-Hispanic inhabitants of Cabalian, documented by Spanish explorers. Waray did not make inroads into the southern portion of Leyte because of the mountains separating the north and south portions of the island. This is coherent under the principle of mountains divide; seas unite in the spread of Philippine languages. The heaviest influence on Cabalianon is Surigaonon, owing to the contact between Cabalian and Surigao in the early Spanish period. Cabalianons, as well as the natives of Sogod, regularly travelled to Surigao and Butuan to obtain gold, a fact recorded by the Augustinian Fray Agustín María de Castro in the Osario venerable. Cabalianon should be classified under the Southern Visayan languages Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian Philippine Central Philippine Visayan Southern Visayan Kinabalian Cabalianon is predominantly spoken in barangays located in the eastern portion of the town (from half of San Jose in the poblacion to the border barangay of Bobon). The predominance of Cabalianon in this side of the town is due to the fact that migrants from Cebu and Bohol settled in the western portion of the town, particularly Pong-oy, as well as in Himatagon, the business hub of Saint Bernard, formerly a part of Cabalian, resulting in the gradual disappearance of the language in these parts.
We will add additional names for Kinabalian [cbw] in the Philippines in the 19th edition of the Ethnologue.