All Philippine languages belong to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family, one of the largest language families in the world. Counting words are very similar from Southeast Asia to the Easter Islands of the Pacific. Ilongot differs as it is the only language where counting re-starts after Five (5).Known as the Quinary system, observe the Ilongot to the Isinai Numeral or to your own language and you will see what I mean. I was informed by the ALIBATA yahoogroup later that there might be couple of language using this system.I have been fascinated with this for a long time. 16=10+5+1
The Ilongot (meaning the forest people) tribe was almost wiped out during the Japanese War. As the Japanese Army was forced out from the Kiangan Front atrocities were committed against the brave warriors deep in the jungle. This historical episode in history is as unknown as this unique counting system in the entire Pacific.
This language is spoken by about 6,100 people in villages in East Nueva Vizcaya,
Western Quirino on central parts of Luzon Island
Data provided by: Mr.Jon Paller 1995
Comments: Ilongot is the unique Philippine Austronesian languages using quinary numeral system.
This language is spoken by about 5,600 people in villages in Bambang, Dupax and Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, on central parts of Luzon Island
Data provided by: Mrs.Ginny Larson 1997