Sambal

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       The Sambal occupy the northwestern flank of the Zambales Mountain ranges and the western tip of Pangasinan. The recognized dialect groups are: (1) Botolan, (2) Tina, and (3) Bolinao. The Sambal population in Pangasinan number some 29,795 while in Zambales there are some 89,010 (NSO 1980). Nationally, there are 118,805 (NSO 1980).

       From linguistic studies, it appears that the Sambal language is closest to a variety of Tagalog known as "Sinaunang Tagalog" which is spoken in Tanay, Rizal. This has been interpreted to mean that the Sambal-speaking peoples were originally living about the Tanay, Rizal area and started moving northward as the Austronesian Tagalog from Masbate and Mindoro started moving about 6,000 B.C., pushing earlier groups to the Zambales area.

Distribution of Ethnic Groups by Provinces
(Arrangement: Population count)

Total National Population

113,032
(NSO 1980:118805)

Agusan del S.

11

Antique

8

Aurora

20

Bataan

485

Batangas

83

Benguet

32

Bulacan

71

Cagayan

83

Camarines N.

20

Camarines S.

63

Capiz

21

Cavite

60

Cebu

10

Davao del S.

30

Ifugao

10

Ilocos N.

28

Isabela

30

La Union

10

Laguna

41

Leyte

10

N. Cotabato

11

Nueva Ecija

133

Occ. Mindoro

93

Or. Mindoro

8

Palawan

460

Pangasinan

1,325

Rizal

295

S. Kudarat

9

Surigao N.

10

Tarlac

2,397

Zambales

104,840

Zamboanga S.

74

Kalookan

419

Las Pinas

53

Mandaluyong

39

Manila

801

Marikina

182

Malabon

10

Makati

30

Muntinlupa

30

Paranaque

61

Pasay

68

Taguig

65

Valenzuela

101



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