Itawes people
Total population
Regions with significant populations
(Cagayan Valley)
Itawes, Ibanag, Ilocano, Filipino, English
Christianity (Predominantly Roman Catholic, with a minority of Protestants)
Related ethnic groups
Ibanag, Gaddang, Ilocano, other Filipinos

The Itawes, Itawis, Hitawit or Itawit (endonym) are a group of people living in the Philippines. Their name is derived from the Itawes prefix i- meaning "people of" and tawid or "across the river".

The Itawes are among the earliest inhabitants of the Cagayan Valley in northern Luzon. Other than their mother tongue (categorized as closely related to Gaddang[1]), they speak Ibanag and Ilocano. They are not very different from other lowland Christianized Filipino ethnic groups in terms of livelihood, housing, and traditions.[citation needed] Their traditional dresses are colorful with red being the dominant color. Farming is a leading source of livelihood. The average families are education-conscious.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Glottolog 4.4 - Gaddangic".