THE ILOCANO LANGUAGE
Ilocano, though widely used in the Philippines and parts of the United States, is not recognized as an official language. Spoken by 7 million people, and in some locations more widely used than Tagalog, Ilocano is most prominent on northern Luzon. As a second language, over 2 million people speak Ilocano, and when people come together they speak this common language which is understood by all.
Two dialects exist and the vocabulary contains several loan words from English, Spanish, Sanskrit, Arabic, and Persian. Locationally, the Ilocano people, the majority can be found in the Philippines, and in the United States in Hawaii, Alaska, California and the Pacific Northwest.
About the Ilocano FireBible
Before the launch of this language edition FireBible, pastors and leaders were already anticipating its benefit to Ilocano speaking believers.
“Many people are teaching false doctrines in this northern Luzon Island region: the Latter Day Saints, a growing Muslim population, and more. The Ilocano FireBible, with its commentary, articles and notes, will help our pastors and lay leaders to understand and teach the truth of God’s Word to combat these false teachings. We know also that this Bible will help many of our lay leaders who are conducting Bible studies and will eventually answer God’s call to go plant churches all over the Ilocano region, which extends about 300 miles north to south on Luzon.”
– Pastor Domminador Lopez
Baguio Assembly City Church – Luzon, Philippines