Ifugao, Mayoyao in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Ifugao, Mayoyao only in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Mayoyao is both the people group name and the name of one of three municipalities where they live. The traditional homeland is in the mountains of central Luzon Island. Access to the area is geographically difficult with steep, rugged trails and dirt roads. There are now an estimated 40 percent believers who traditionally used to worship many spirits. Students pursuing high school must seek accommodations outside the Mayoyao area.

The area is well known for ancient, stone-walled, mountain rice fields, but they don't produce enough for local consumption. Life changed for the Mayoyao people in 2004. That year, the New Testament was finally published in their own language! Pastors throughout the area immediately started using the new Scriptures in their services, and people started reading them in their homes. But something was missing. Where were the prophecies that spoke of Messiah? The historical books that described the Law and its requirements? What of the poetry of praise and expressions of wisdom? Church leaders grew desperate, and formed a committee. They started to translate the Old Testament on their own!

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ifugao, Mayoyao
People Name in Country Ifugao, Mayoyao
Population in Philippines 36,000
World Population 36,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mayaoyaw, Mayoyal
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Ifugao, Mayoyao
Ethnic Code MSY44x
People ID 13607
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Luzon, Ifugao Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ifugao, Mayoyao (35,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ifugao, Mayoyao 35,000
For Primary Language: Ifugao, Mayoyao

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1994-1999)
New Testament Yes   (2004)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: I bowon a pagpakikasungdu Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
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: Mark Stevens  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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