Ibaloi (Inibaloi)

Ibaloi is a member of the Northern Luzon branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken mainly in southern Benguet province and western Nueva Vizcaya province in the Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative regions of Luzon in the Philippines. In 2005 there were about 116,000 speakers of Ibaloi.

Ibaloi is also known as Benguet-Igorot, Ibadoy, Ibaloy, Ivadoy, Igodor or Nabaloi. It is closely related to Pangasinan.

An orthography for Ibaloi has been developed by the Inibaloi Scripture Translation Project (shown below). Another orthography was developed by the Benguet Department of Education in 2016.

Ibaloi alphabet and pronunciation

Ibaloi alphabet and pronunciation


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Sample text

  1. Nonta eg pay laeng epalsowa iya dobong, wara ngo eshan i kadwa nen Apo Shiyos, jet sotan na kadwa toy engipa-amta alid ja dobong ni maypangkep son Apo Shiyos. Jet si-kato met laeng si Apo Shiyos.
  2. Sigod sotan ja wara ngo eshan son Apo Shiyos.
  3. Jet si-katoy kabol la edaga-an ni emin na angken nganto. No enshi sotan, enshi ngoy epalsowen angken nganto.
  4. Si-katoy engi-kan ni biyag jet sota biyag ja in-akan to, si-katoy dimawag so ni nemnem ni totoo.
  5. Emansidew sotan shi embolinget, jet sota embolinget, eg to mebedin na ebaken sota silew.

Source: Inibaloi Scripture Translation Project


  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. The same was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
  5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-1/#10

Sample videos

Information about Ibaloi | Numbers


Information about Ibaloi
Orograpiya Ni Ibalóy (PDF)

Northern Luzon languages

Arta, Balangao, Bontoc, Bugkalot, Dupaningan, Gaddang, Ibaloi, Ibanag, Ifugao, Ilocano, Isinai, Itawis, Kankanaey, Pangasinan, Yogad

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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