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Giangan language

Native toPhilippines
Native speakers
(55,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bgi

Giangan (also known as Bagobo, Clata, Atto, Eto, Guanga, Gulanga, Jangan) is an Austronesian language of the southern Philippines. It is spoken on the eastern slopes of Mount Apo in Davao del Sur Province, as well as in Davao City (Ethnologue). They occupy a very small territory stretching from Catalunan to Calinan within Davao City.

The nearby Tagabawa language is also known as Bagobo, and is not to be confused with Giangan.


Traditional Clata (Giangan) population centers included the following barangays (see also Districts of Davao City).[3][4]

  • Biao, Tugbok District, Davao City
  • Tagakpan, Tugbok District, Davao City
  • Dulian
  • Sirib, Calinan District, Davao City
  • Gumalang, Baguio District, Davao City
  • Tamugan, Marilog District, Davao City

It is also spoken in Biao Joaquin, Calinan District[5] and in various parts of Baguio District.[6]

The Lipadas River separated the traditional Tagabawa and Clata territories, while the Talomo River (Ikawayanlinan) was the boundary separating the Tagabawas, Clatas, and Obos. The Davao River separated the traditional Bagobo and Clata territories.[3]


  1. ^ Giangan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Giangan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b []
  4. ^ Toto (22 August 2012). "10 Tribes of Davao City - Clata part (4-10) - Davao Delights". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ TRMH holds EECOP Medical Mission 2018. Edge Davao.
  6. ^ In search of the last Bagobo Klata weaver. SunStar Philippines.

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