Bantoanon (Binisaya / Bisaya)

Bantoanon is a Philippine language spoken in Romblon province in the centre of the Philippines. It is named after Banton Island, and is also spoken on the neighbouring islands of Sibale, Tablas, Simara and Maestre de Campo. In 2011 there were about 75,000 speakers of Bantoanon, which is also known as Asi. It is quite closely related to Hiligaynon and Inonhan.

Bantoanon is taught in primary and secondary schools, and is used in politics, churches and literature.

Bantoanon alphabet and pronunciation

Bantoanon alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Bantoanon (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Nagsiling si Hesus sa inra, “Pag kamo ay magpangamuyo, tuyar kali kag inro isiling: ‘Tatay, dayawon kag Imo balaang pangayan. Kabay pang mapasa-amo kag Imo paghari.
  2. Taw-e kami it amo pagkaon sa adlaw-adlaw.
  3. Patawara kami sa amo mga kasal-anan, tuyar sa amo pagpatawar sa mga nakakasala sa amo. Ag aya gituguting maraya kami it panulay.’ ”



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample text (Philippine National Proverb)

Kag tawong waya giruromroma it ida ginghalinan, indi makaabot sa ida apagtuan.


Those who forget their roots will not grasp their future


Sample video in Bantoanon

Information about Bantoanon | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Bantoanon

A Bantoanon dictionary

Philippine languages

Aborlan Tagbanwa, Agutaynen, Bantik, Bikol, Binukid, Blaan, Buhid, Bukid, Buol, Calmian Tagbanwa, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Central Tagbanwa, Gorontalo, Hanuno'o, Iranun, Iraya, Isnag, Kagayanen, Kalanguya, Kapampangan, Klata, Maguindanao, Mamanwa, Manide, Maranao, Matigsalug, Molbog, Mongondow, Obo, Palawano, Ratahan, Rinconada Bikol, Sangirese, Suwawa, Tagalog, Tagabawà, Talaud, Tawbuid, Tboli, Tiruray, Tombulu, Tondano, Tonsawang, Umiray Dumaget, Western Subanon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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