5,770,000 (2000 census).
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Maguindanao province, small border area south of Timbangan; Bicol region: Masbate province, Jintotolo peninsula, south of Panguiranan; Soccskargen region: North Cotabato province west of Lake Buluan; South Cotabato province towards Bayabas; east and west central Sultan Kudarat province; Western Visayas region: west and central Capiz province, and Guimaras island; Iloilo province, Iloilo city northeast along Guimaras strait to Binon-an, nearby islands; Negros Island region: most of Negros Occidental province; Negros Oriental province, Basay, Bayawan, and Canlaon municipalities.
3 (Wider communication). Statutory language of provincial identity in Iloilo, 4 other provinces (1991, ACFLC Section 3(f)).
Hiligaynon, Kawayan, Kari.
VSO; passives; tense and aspect; 17 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes; non-tonal.