Aklan is a member of the Western Visayan branch of
Philippine languages, a part of the Malayo-Polynesian
language family. It is spoken mainly in the province of Aklan
on the island of Panay in the Philippines by about 460,000
people. There are also Aklan-speaking emigrants in Manila,
southern Mindanao, and the USA. Aklan is closely related to
the Kinaray-a and Kuyonon languages of the western Visayas.
The language is known as Aklan, Aklanon or Akeanon in English, and
the native name is Inakeanon [Ɂinakɤa:nun].
Aklan alphabet and pronunciation
The Aklan alphabet said in alphabetical order makes a meaningful
phrase: Aba ka daeaga, ha? Ila' mana nga opah ra sa Ta'uwaya?
(Hop on my back, young lady, ok? Would you like, so to speak, that this rice husk (go) to Tauwaya?)
Information about Aklan compiled by David Zorc, who spent four years
in the Philippines with the Peace Corps and was sent to Aklan, where he wrote
a dictionary and grammar of the Aklan language, and married a Aklan speaker.
Sample text in Aklan (Philippine National Proverb)
Ro uwa' gatan-aw sa anang ginhalinan hay indi makaabut sa anang ginapaeangpan.
Ang hindi' marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi' makakarating sa paroroonan.
He who does not look back from where he came from, will never reach his destination.