Bikol or Bicol is one of the Bikol languages, which are members of the Central
Philippine group of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Bikol is spoken by about 2.4 million people mainly on the Bicol Peninsula on
the island of Luzon in the Philippines, and also on the islands of Catanaduanes,
Masbate, Burias and Ticao.
Before the Spanish conquest of the Philippinse in the 1570s, Bikol was written
with a syllablic script simliar to the Tagalog one, which
was used to some extent until the mid-19th century. The Spanish used the Latin
alphabet to write Bikol and one of the earilest Bikol publications was the
Vocabulario de la lengua Bicol, compiled by Father Marcos de Lisboa,
a Franciscan friar, between 1602 and 1611.
Bikol alphabet and pronunciation
Letters in italics are only used in foreign loan words.
Sample text in Bikol
An gabos na tawo ipinangaking may katalinkasan asin parantay sa dignidad
asin derechos. Sinda gabos tinawan nin pag-isip asin conciencia kaya dapat
na makipag-iriba sa lambang saro bilang mga magturugang.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Tower of Babel in Bikol
Information about the Bikol languages
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet