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The name Bantoanon comes from the island of Banton, in Romblon province where they live, but some Bantoanons came, from the islands of Simara and Sibale. The mode of livelihood among the Bantoanons are fishing, upland and lowland agriculture, trade and business.

The Bantoanons are a health-conscious people and most of them consider that "health is wealth." In addition, the Bantoanons are easily identified by their last/family names which usually start with the letter "F". The Bantoanons speak a local dialect called Asi.

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