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Speakers in Mindanao and Luzon refer to the language simply as Binisaya or Bisaya.
In common or everyday parlance, especially by those speakers from outside of the island of Cebu, Cebuano is more often referred to as Bisaya.
For example, generations of Cebuano speakers in northern Mindanao (Dipolog, Dapitan, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental together with coastal areas of Butuan) say that their ancestry traces back to Cebuano speakers native to their place and not from immigrants or settlers from the Visayas.
Furthermore, they ethnically refer to themselves as Bisaya and not Cebuano, and their language as Binisaya.
Spanish missionaries started to write in the language during the early 18th century.
Due to the influence of the Spanish language, the number of vowel sounds also increased from three to five.
Below is the vowel system of Cebuano with their corresponding letter representation in angular brackets:.