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Ilocano (also written ilokano) is the third language of the Philippines with around 7 million speakers. It is spoken in the northwest of Luzon island (La Union and Ilocos provinces, Babuyan islands and Cagayan valley).


As part of the LLCER of filipino, the languages Ilocano and cebuano - which belong to the Austronesian language family like Tagalog - are taught in the Filipino section of Inalco's Southeast Asia and Pacific Department at introductory level, with 3 hours per week over two semesters (78 hours in all). They alternate every other year.