Published July 3, 2020
Features Dhrubhagat speaking Hiligaynon, one of the regional Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines. It is one of the Bisayan languages and mainly found in Western Visayas and Soccskargen. Self-filmed by Dhrubhagat Singh in the Philippines. Dhrubhagat speaks Hiligaynon, often referred to by native speakers as Ilonggo. Hiligaynon is an Austronesian regional language spoken by more than 9 million people, most commonly in the Visayas. Despite not being taught in schools or used in universities until 2012, it is still one of the most frequently learned languages in the Philippines; in addition to the 9 million native speakers, there are also approximately 5 million language learners who can understand it and speak it proficiently. Hiligaynon is written in the Latin script. It was originally written by using traditional Spanish orthography, largely because of Spain’s influence and control in the Philippines, but the rise of Filipino as a national language has changed this. Nonetheless, many Hiligaynon words are etymologically derived from Spanish, particularly regarding concepts and inventions that were introduced to Filipino people by Spanish colonial forces. Hiligaynon is frequently used for prose, poetry, and prayer; urban areas such as Cebu City, Bacolod, and Iloilo City have all been epicenters for this cultural output. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. To download a copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.