Cebuano belongs to the Philippine branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages and is spoken by about 20 million people in the Philippines. It is spoken mainly in the Central Visayas by the Bisaya people, and is also spoken in northeastern parts of Negros Occidental province, in southern parts of Masbate, in most of Leyte and Southern Leyte, in western portions of Guimaras, in parts of Samar, Bohol, Luzon, the Biliran islands, and in most parts of Mindanao.
It is used as a lingua franca in the Central Visayas and in parts of Mindanao.
The language is named after the island of Cebu, where the prestige register is spoken, and is also known as Bisaya, Binisaya, Binisaya nga Sugbuanon or Sinugbuanon. Cebuano speakers are known as Cebuano in Cebu, as Bol-anon in Bohol, as Kana in Leyte, and as Binisaga or Bisaya in Mindanao and Luzon.