Boholano people

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Total population
1,137,268(2000 census)
Regions with significant populations
Philippines Philippines: Bohol, Mindanao
Boholano, Cebuano, Filipino, English, Spanish
Roman Catholic
Related ethnic groups
Cebuano, other Visayans, other Filipinos, other Austronesian peoples

The Boholano people, also called Bol-anon, refers to the people who live in the island province of Bohol. They are part of the wider Visayans ethnolinguistic group, who constitute the largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group.


Boholano is a dialect of Cebuano that is spoken on the island of Bohol in the Philippines, which is a Visayan speech variety, although it is sometimes described as a separate language. Boholano, especially the dialects used in Central Bohol, can be distinguished from other Cebuano dialects by a few phonetic changes. The "y" sound in Cebuano becomes "j" ("iya" in Cebuano becomes "ija"), the "k" sound sometimes becomes "h" ("ako" in Cebuano becomes "aho")the "l" sound sometimes if it is used in the second or following syllable becomes "w" ("kulang" in Cebuano becomes "kuwang"). The dialects used in the coastal areas of Bohol though, including Tagbilaran City, are almost indistinguishable from other Cebuano-speaking areas.


The population of Bohol is 1,137,268 according to the 2000 census. Some also live in Mindanao. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic adherents or other Christian denominations like the Protestants and Iglesia ni Cristo account for a significant part of the remainder.


The Boholano culture is much like the culture of the Philippines. It is based on the majority population of Austronesian or Malayo-Polynesian people on the island. There are influences from indigenous Melanesian people such as the Eskaya tribe, and from the colonizing Spanish and trade with Mexico. There is also influence in the culture from China and other Asian countries.


The people of Bohol are said to be the descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines called pintados or “tattooed ones.”[1] Boholanos had already a culture of their own as evidenced by the artifacts dug at Mansasa, Tagbilaran City, and in Dauis and Panglao. They are different from Cebuanos, thus Boholano language is considered separate language from Cebuano.

Bohol is derived from the word Bo-ol.[2]The island was the seat of the first international treaty of peace and unity between the native king Datu Sikatuna, and Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact alliance known today by many Filipinos as the Sandugo.[3]

Boholano is derived from the name of the province.


  1. ^ Bohol-The Island Province Retrieved 15 November,2006.
  2. ^ Origin of the name Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  3. ^ A Short History of Bohol (Part 1) Retrieved 15 November 2006.

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