The Agta speak Austronesian languages that are thought to have been acquired after contact with agriculturalists over the last few thousand years, and they are related to other  hunter-gatherers in the Philippines such as the Aeta and the Batak. In spite of the language shift, many of the Agta groups display remarkable resilience in their way of life; while others are slowly shifting towards more integrated markets and adopting the lifestyles of neighboring populations.