Pangasinan or Pangasinese is spoken by about 1.5 million people mainly
in the province of Pangasinan, where it is the official regional language,
on the west side of the island of Luzon in the Philippines. There are
also Pangasinan speakers in other parts of the Philippines, particularly
in the province of Benguet, and in some areas of Zambales, Tarlac,
Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao, as well as by immigrant communities
in the USA.
Pangasinan is an Austronesian language belonging to the Philippine
branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages, and is most closely related to
Ibaloi, which is spoken in the neighboring province of Benguet and Baguio
City, and also similar to Tagalog and Iloko.
Since the Spanish conquest of 1571, Pangasinan has been written with
the Latin alphabet. Before then it was written with the Pangasinense
script, which is related to the Tagalog script, and other scripts of the
Sample text in Pangasinan
Say salitan Pangasinan so sakey ya salitan Malayo-Polynesian ya sanga
na boleg ya salitan Austronesian. Onsulok ya 1 milyon so mansasalita na
say salitan Pangasinan. Naananap ed luyag na Pangasinan, tan naanap ed
bansa na Filipinas, so saray karaklan na makapansalita na sayan salita.
Balet wala met ray naanap ya makapansalita na Pangasinan ed luyag na La
Union, Tarlac, Zambales, tan diad Metro Manila, diad parehas ya bansa.