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Cordillerans are the Best English Speakers in the Philippines

Cordillera Administrative Region, led by Baguio City, attains the highest English proficiency score in the Philippines for 2023.

Baguio City, heading Cordillera Administrative Region, secures the highest English proficiency score in the Philippines for 2023.

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in the Philippines has climbed to the top of the class, achieving the highest English proficiency score in the country for 2023, according to the prestigious EF Education First (EF) English Proficiency Index (EPI). This impressive feat marks a significant milestone for the region, known for its breathtaking mountain ranges and diverse cultural tapestry.

Impressive Rankings

With a score of 616, CAR surpasses all other regions, leaving second-placed Davao in its wake with a score of 606. This achievement places CAR firmly within the "High Proficiency" band on the EF EPI scale, a testament to the region's dedication to language education and its commitment to global communication.

Geographic Scores


Regions Scores
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) 616
Davao 606
Eastern Visayas 596
National Capital Region 593
Central Visayas 589
Mimaropa 589
Cagayan Valley 587
Bicol 585
Caraga 579
Zamboanga Peninsula 576
Calabarzon 574
Central Luzon 568
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 568
Soccsksargen 560
Western Visayas 536
Ilocos 529
Northern Mindanao 514


Cities Scores
Baguio 618
Dumaguete 617
Davao City 609
Dasmarinas 606
San Jose del Monte 606
Bacolod 605
Antipolo 599
Angeles 599
Manila 587
General Santos 584
Bulakan 583
Cebu City 576
Batangas 575
Iligan City 545
Tarlac City 535
Cagayan de Oro 503
Dagupan 503
Iloilo 502
Calamba 484

Baguio City Triumphs

The news is particularly sweet for Baguio City, the vibrant hub of CAR. Not only does the city boast the highest score within the region at 618, but it also claims the top spot among all cities in the Philippines. This double victory underscores the city's long-standing reputation as a center for education and international exchange.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong expressed his pride in this significant achievement, acknowledging the combined efforts of stakeholders.

"We are proud to have achieved such status. We commend our educators - our principals, professors, and teachers, including non-academic personnel both in the public and private sectors - for a job well done in providing our students with quality education not only in the English subject but also in all aspects of learning," Magalong said.

Contributing Factors

Several factors contribute to CAR's impressive performance. The region boasts a robust educational system, with numerous schools and universities offering high-quality English language instruction. Additionally, the mountainous terrain and relative isolation may have fostered a culture of self-reliance and a drive to connect with the outside world, motivating residents to hone their English skills.

For insights into why Igorots excel in English, explore the 10 Reasons Why Igorots Are So Good in English.

The Role of EF Education First

Understanding the significance of the EF EPI requires a closer look at EF Education First. EF is a global education company specializing in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange. With a presence in over 100 countries, EF has been a key player in language education for over 55 years.

EF's English Proficiency Index (EPI) is a widely recognized tool that measures the English proficiency of non-native speakers worldwide. It provides valuable insights into language trends and helps individuals, businesses, and governments make informed decisions regarding language education and global communication.

Far-reaching Implications

The implications of this achievement extend far beyond academic accolades. Strong English proficiency opens doors to international opportunities, from education and employment to tourism and cultural exchange. For CAR, this translates to increased economic potential, greater global visibility, and a stronger sense of community on the world stage.

However, it's important to acknowledge that the EF EPI, while valuable, is based on test results and may not capture the full picture of English proficiency across the entire population. Regional disparities and access to quality education remain challenges that need to be addressed.

A Beacon of Hope

Nevertheless, CAR's success in the 2023 EF EPI serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration. It demonstrates the power of education and language in empowering individuals and communities. As the region celebrates its newfound title as the Philippines' English champion, one thing is clear: the Cordillerans are truly on the rise.

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