A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Aborlan Tagbanwa, Apurawnon, Tagbanua

10,000 (2002 SIL). 5% monolinguals.


Palawan, scattered communities from about 120 km south to 60 km north on both sides of Puerto Princesa island.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Intelligibility of Central Palawano [plc] 66%, of Cuyonon [cyo] 77%. Lexical similarity: 65% with Central Palawano [plc], 71% with Batak [bya], 54% with Cuyonon [cyo].

Language Use

Used exclusively with other Tagbanwa in all situations. All ages. Negative attitudes. With non-Tagbanwa Filipinos, Tagbanwas are somewhat ashamed of being Tagbanwa, and speak Filipino [fil] as they can. Proficiency in Filipino [fil] varies; more proficiency on the East coast than the West.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 36%. Literacy rate in L2: 36%. NT: 1992.
Latin script, primary usage. Tagbanwa script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.