Hiligaynon is a member of the Visayan branch of the Central Philippine language family with about 9.3 million native speakers and a further 5 million second language speakers (in 2010). Hiligaynon is spoken mainly in Iloilo province on Panay Island in the Western Visayas region. There are also speakers in western Negros island.
Hiligaynon is closely related to, and mutually intelligible with other languages spoken on Panay Island: Capizeño, Aklanon, and Kiniray-a.
Hiligaynon has no official status in the Philippines, even though it is one of the Philippine languages with the most speakers. It has been taught and studied in some schools and universities since 2012.
Hiligaynon is currently with a spelling system based on Tagalog. Before the middle of the 20th century it was written with a Spanish-based orthography.
Ang tanan nga tao ginbun-ag nga hilway kag may pag-alalangay sa dungog kag katarungan. Sila ginhatagan sang pagpamat-od kag konsensya kag nagakadapat nga magbinuligay sa kahulugan sang pag-inuturay.
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)
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