Manobo, Tigwahanon in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Manobo, Tigwahanon only in Philippines





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Manobo are a big group of ethnic Mindanao people divided into several sub-tribes. Anthropologists have given varied groupings, including the Tigwahanon.

The Tigwahanon inhabit the Bukidnon and Davao del Norte border, specifically in the municipality of San Fernando Watersheds in Agusan del Norte, Bukidnon, Agusan Sur and Misamis Occidental.

The areas where the tribes live are generally underdeveloped with poor infrastructure. Dispossessed of their tribal lands, they have little control over their lands. They practice swidden agriculture and live off the forest. They are driven off the land by loggers and corporate plantations.

Unlike the dominant Muslim tribes, they have failed to consolidate themselves and thus have no significant voice in politics. Because of their unattended grievances, they are prey to the communist rebels and other dissident movements who wish to use them against the government.

Effective ministries are those that combine evangelism with discipleship and community development. Upland farm technologies are in demand to help uplift the economic situation of the people. Education and medical assistance are other basic needs in the area.

Hindrances to the Gospel include the bitterness of hill tribes at being dispossessed of their ancestral lands by Catholic lowlanders, whom they collectively lump with other Christians.

Prayer Points

* Pray that more Manobo pastors and church leaders will be raised up to reach out to their own people.
* Pray for wisdom for those who are ministering to them right now. That they will be able to clearly present Christ to these people.
* Pray for improved living conditions
* Pray that the surge of materialism (due to lowlander influence) will be stopped by the gospel
* Pray that their efforts to hold on to their land will be successful. That they will not deceived by opportunistic lowlanders with offers of money.

Profile Source:   Asia Missions (AMNET)  

People Name General Manobo, Tigwahanon
People Name in Country Manobo, Tigwahanon
Population in Philippines 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tigua, Tigwa
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Manobo, Tigwahanon
Ethnic Code MSY44x
People ID 19188
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Bukidnon-Centered around San Fernando.   Source:  Joshua Project
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Manobo, Matigsalug: Tigwa (12,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Manobo, Matigsalug: Tigwa 12,000
For Primary Language: Manobo, Matigsalug

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1972-2005)
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Meupiya ne panugtulen: Bibliya ne Matigsalug Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.50 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
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: OMF International  
Map Source: Mark Stevens  
Profile Source: Asia Missions (AMNET)  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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