Visayans

Visayans

About Visayans

The Visayans (Visayan: Bisaya) are a Filipino ethnic group whose members are speakers of one or more Visayan languages, the most widely spoken being Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Waray-Waray. They live in the Visayan island group and in many parts of Mindanao. Some have migrated to other parts of the Philippines, including Luzon. The Visayans are the largest Filipino ethnic group, numbering at around, as of 2010, 33 million. The early people on the Visayas region were Austronesians and Negritos who migrated steadily to the islands since about 30,000 years ago. These early settlers were Animist tribal groups. In the 12th century, Hindu-Animist settlers from the collapsing empire of the Sri-Vijayan, Majapahit and Brunei, settled in the Visayan islands. Their direct descendants in Borneo are the Bornean Visayans and Kadazan-Dusun tribes of Sabah.

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