L1 users: 30,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. Few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 30,000 (2007 SIL).
Calabarzon region: Quezon and Rizal provinces; Mimaropa region: Palawan province, Cagayan island between Negros and Palawan; Palawan coastal communities; north Palawan, Busuanga and Coron municipalities; south Palawan, Balabac island; Negros Island region: Negros Occidental province, Silay city; Western Visayas region: Iloilo province; Manila.
VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals all before noun heads; relatives (and relative clauses) after noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 2 maximum number of suffixes, 1 prefix; word order distinguishes subjects, objects and indirect objects, given and new information, topic and comment; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrases; passives; causatives; comparatives; ergativity; CV, CCV, CVC, CCVC (V and VC with glottal initial); nontonal.
Latin script [Latn].
A growing number are moving to cities for economic improvement, education. Christian, traditional religion.