Cebuano (Bisaya / Sinugbuanon / Binisaya nga Sugbuanon)
Cebuano belongs to the Philippine branch of Malayo-Polynesian
languages and is spoken by about 20 million people in the Philippines.
It is spoken mainly in the Central Visayas by the Bisaya people,
and is also spoken in northeastern parts of Negros Occidental
province, in southern parts of Masbate, in most of Leyte and
Southern Leyte, in western portions of Guimaras, in parts of Samar,
Bohol, Luzon, the Biliran islands, and in most parts of Mindanao. It is used as
a lingua franca in the Central Visayas and in parts of Mindanao.
The language is named after the island of Cebu, where the prestige
register is spoken, and is also known as Bisaya, Binisaya, Binisaya
nga Sugbuanon or Sinugbuanon. Cebuano speakers are known as Cebuano
in Cebu, as Bol-anon in Bohol, as Kana in Leyte,
and as Binisaga or Bisaya in Mindanao and Luzon.
Cebuano was first documented by Antonio Pigateffa, and Italian
explorer who was part of Magellan's 1521 expedition. Spanish
missionaries started to write the language during the early 18th
century, and as a result, Cebuano contains many words of Spanish origin.
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Sample text in Cebuano
Ang tanang katawhan gipakatawo nga may kagawasan ug managsama sa kabililhon.
Sila gigasahan sa salabutan ug tanlag og mag-ilhanay isip managsoon sa
usa'g-usa diha sa diwa sa ospiritu.
Ang tanan katawhan gipakatawo nga may kagawasan ug managsama sa kaligdong.
Sila gigasahan pangisip ug tanlag ug mag-ilhanay usa'g usa sa diwa managsoon
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)