Welcome - Maayong pag-abot !

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Welcome - Maayong pag-abot !

Binisaya is the term we use for our language. It is spoken by about 20 million people in the islands of the Visayas and Mindanao. Mostly it is referred to as Cebuano.


Etymological Origin of "Bisaya[n]"

 Mga Minahal nga mga Bisaya,
I would just like to take this opportunity to share a trivia regarding our ancient history from which our heritage had evolved, including the words that we use, etc.
The word Bisaya(n) is actually a corruption of Sri Vijayan Empire. Srivijaya (also written Sri Vijaya, Indonesian: Sriwijaya) was a powerful ancient thalassocratic Malay empire based on the island of Sumatra, modern day Indonesia, which influenced much of Southeast Asia. The earliest solid proof of its existence dates from the 7th century; a Chinese monk, I-Tsing, wrote that he visited Srivijaya in 671 for 6 months. The first inscription in which the name Srivijaya appears also dates from the 7th century, namely the Kedukan Bukit Inscription around Palembang in Sumatra, dated 683. The kingdom ceased to exist in the 13th century due to various factors, including the expansion of the Javanese Majapahit empire. Srivijaya was an important center for Buddhist expansion in the 8th to 12th centuries. In Sanskrit, sri (श्री) means "fortunate," "prosperous," or "happy" and vijaya (विजय) means "victorious" or "excellence".
Mao na mga tinahod nga mga higala nga mabolokon kaayu ang atong kasaysayan nga dili pod diay ta masayun-sayun lang kai gikan man diay ta sa hari-anon nga kagikanan- the SriVijayan Kingdom… Mao nga dili ikatingala nga ang mga Bisaya anaay talagsaon nga kalidad nga happy people & undoubtedly excellent in many respects. Ang ato sab nga mga polong anaay susama sa mga polong sa Malaysians og Indonesians, sama sa batu, balus, mahal, gunting, pu-asa, etc.
Just for your information guys.
Don Ramz