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 and 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 Labial–velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d k ɡ ʔ
Nasal m n ŋ
Sibilant fricative s z
Non-sibilant fricative h
Approximant j w
Trill r
Lateral approximant l

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. 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.