The Bikol Language
Bikol or Bicolano is an Austronesian language used in the Philippines particularly on the Bicol Peninsula in the island of Luzon. Standard Bicol is based on the dialect of Naga City and is spoken in a wide area stretching from Camarines Norte, most of Camarines Sur, the entire east coast of Albay (including Legazpi and Tabaco) and northern Sorsogon. Standard Bicol is generally understood by other Bikol speakers and is the regional lingua franca.
Bicol varieties include Bicol Rinconada (Iriga-Buhi-Nabua-Baao-Bato-Balatan area), the western Albay dialects Oasnun and Darageño (Oas, Daraga), Bicol Sorsogon (Sorsogon), Bicol Catanduanes, and Bicol Partido (municipalities surrounding Lagonoy Gulf).
Although the Bicol languages are the dominant languages of the region, the Filipino language (Tagalog) is also spoken in northern parts of Camarines Norte as well as in the municipality of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. Two Visayan languages, Sorsoganon and Masbateño or Minasbate, are spoken in Masbate and Sorsogon; they are collectively referred to as Bisakol.