Cuyonon, Cuyonen in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Cuyonon only in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In the Philippine archipelago of 7,100 islands live the Cuyo people. This includes several dozen islands and islets — many uninhabited — huddled in the open sea northeast of Palawan Island with white-sand beaches and unspoiled tropical wilderness, popular with tourists. These islands were in the path of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Since Spaniards set foot on Cuyo in the 1600s, most Cuyonons have considered themselves Christians. Recognizing a thirst among the believers, a local denomination partnered with the Philippine Bible Society and published the New Testament in 1982. The eager church has now requested help to complete the whole Bible.

Amer R. Amor, a faculty member of the University of the Philippines who travels across the country, had this to say about the
town of Cuyo on Cuyo island: "Cuyo's greatest strength, and its reward to those who travel to the island, is its people. The warmth of their hospitality makes the town extra-special, and the humble manner in which they live their life is both remarkable and inspiring. They understand and respect the simple life. Commercialism is a concept that, even if not unheard of in the town, does not have a place in the island."

Until the 1980s, Cuyonon was widely spoken in Palawan and other areas. Now days the youth prefer the more prestigious Filipino or English to their mother tongue.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Cuyonon
People Name in Country Cuyonon, Cuyonen
Population in Philippines 210,000
World Population 210,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cuyo, Cuyonen, Cuyono, Cuyunon, Kuyunon
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Cuyonon
Ethnic Code MSY44x
People ID 11452
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Palawan coast, Cuyo Islands between Palawan and Panay.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Cuyonon (210,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cuyonon 210,000
For Primary Language: Cuyonon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1939-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1982)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Cuyonon Language Project General
Gods Simple Plan General
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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