Babuyan Claro Toponyms

  • Maria Kristina S. Gallego
  • Romeo Rosales
  • Edgar Elvinia


Ibatan is a language mainly spoken by about 2,500 to 3,000 people on the island of Babuyan Claro, Cagayan (Gallego, 2020, p. 89). Genetically, Ibatan belongs to the Batanic subgroup of Philippine languages, along with Ivatan, Itbayat, and Tao (Moriguchi, 1983; Tsuchida et al., 1987, 1989). Administratively, the island of Babuyan Claro belongs to the municipality of Calayan in the province of Cagayan, and so, the people are also proficient in Ilokano, the regional lingua franca of northern Luzon.