A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Aborlan Tagbanwa, Apurawnon, Tagbanua

17,200 (2005 UNSD). 500 monolinguals (2002).


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

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. 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. Somewhat ashamed of being Tagbanwa among other Filipinos, and speak Filipino [fil] as they can. Also use Filipino [fil]. Proficiency varies; more proficiency on the East coast than the West.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 36%. Literacy rate in L2: 36%. Literature. Texts. NT: 1992.

Latin script [Latn], primary usage. Tagbanwa script [Tagb].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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