Native toPhilippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Camotes Islands, Cebu)
Native speakers
(23,000 cited 1960)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3prh

Porohanon is a regional Bisayan language spoken in the Camotes Islands in the province of Cebu in the Philippines. Its closest relatives are Hiligaynon, Capiznon and Masbateño; it is barely intelligible with Cebuano though it shares 87% of its vocabulary with it.[2] It also retains many older features that Cebuano has lost, such as the use of the genitive marker ahead of the second member of a compounded form, the distinction between a definite and indefinite subject marker, and the distinction between a definite genitive marker and a locative one.[1]


Consonants of Porohanon[3]
Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d k ɡ ʔ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s z h
Trill r
Approximant w l j

Porohanon has three vowels: /i/, /a/ and /u/. They are contrasted by length.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Wolff, John U. (1967). "History of the Dialect of the Camotes Islands, Philippines, and the Spread of Cebuano Bisayan". Oceanic Linguistics. 6 (2): 63–79. doi:10.2307/3622759. JSTOR 3622759. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  2. ^ Porohanon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Santiago, Vincent Christopher (May 2018). "Porohanon phonology: An acoustic description". 28th Southeast Asian Linguistics Society Conference. Retrieved 8 July 2022.