Negrito, Mamanwa in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Negrito, Mamanwa only in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mamanwa people group live in the Philippines in several places such as Agusan del Norte. They speak an Austronesian language and are also known as Mamanwa Negritos. The oldest males who are most well thought of are their leaders and they judge in community matters. The Mamanwa have great respect for elders. Leaders are prevented from conferring leadership to nearest relatives.

Traditional hunting is disappearing but they have kept their other customs and traditions. They have work and support agreements with other groups they are allied to. Heavy industry has caused them to go to less well-off regions of the country. It has been said that the Mamanwa are descended from the original inhabitants of the Philippines.

The Mamanwa eat wild fruit, nuts, honey and python meat. The Mamanwa make baskets and hammocks. They have a nomadic lifestyle which could be an obstacle to the gospel. They believe in spirits with Magbabaya as the main god.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Philippine Christians will give the Mamanwa the gospel message.
* The Mamanwa like what is good, pray that this will lead them to Jesus Christ and that this will cause them to give their lives to Him.
* Pray that the elders among them will come to Jesus Christ and that will lead others among the Mamanwa to Salvation also.

References groups in the philippines/mamanwa

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Negrito, Mamanwa
People Name in Country Negrito, Mamanwa
Population in Philippines 8,800
World Population 8,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mamanwa, Mamanwa Negrito
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Negrito, Mamanwa
Ethnic Code AUG05
People ID 13464
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Agusan del Norte and Surigao provinces, Mindanao.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Cebuano Mamanwa
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cebuano Mamanwa
For Primary Language: Mamanwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1966-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1982)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Ya mga panaba na Diyos Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
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 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source: Roger Tompkins  
Map Source: Mark Stevens  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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