Bolinao Sambal in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Bolinao Sambal only in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Like any lowland groups, the Bolinao people have been influenced by the Spanish conquerors as evidenced by their centuries old Church. They are proud of this cultural heritage as shown in their municipal Library, and the Bolinao Museum. The Bolinaos are eager to progress through education. They are hospitable and hardworking yet fun loving.

They have regular celebrations such as feasts of saints, town and barangay (small village) fiestas highlighted with beauty contests, and cultural shows. Even though staunchly Roman Catholic, the Bolinao people engage in animistic practices that betray their deep fears of the spirit world. The Mananatigwa 'folk healer' is sought for every ailment, dreams or recovery of lost animals or items. Bolinaos also practice talking to the dead. They are afraid of the spirits of their dead loved ones. The Mananantigwa is summoned to offer choice food to the spirits of these dead in order to appease them. Only when they read the Bible in the language they understand best will the Bolinao people be truly set free from the bondage of these fears.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bolinao Sambal
People Name in Country Bolinao Sambal
Population in Philippines 60,000
World Population 60,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bolinao, Bolinao Zambal
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Bolinao Sambal
Ethnic Code AUG05
People ID 10916
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Luzon, West Pangasinan Province; Bolinao and Anda municipalities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ilocano Bolinao Tagalog
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ilocano Bolinao
For Primary Language: Bolinao

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1963-1998)
New Testament Yes   (2012)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Bible: Si Biblia Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Mark Stevens  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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