Eastern Subanen in Philippines

The Eastern Subanen have only been reported in Philippines
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Subanen peoples live on the Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao, the southernmost island in the Philippines. They first came there around 500 BC. They are divided into subgroups based on their dialect. The Eastern Subanan are one of these subgroups.
The Eastern Subanen were “protected” by the Spanish Empire as they conquered the Muslim peoples of Mindanao. They were dominated by the Spanish until 1899 when the United States took the Philippines as a colony. Muslim peoples such as the Moros attacked both the Americans and the Subanen. This wreaked havoc on the lives of the Subanen peoples; some of them were even enslaved. The Subanen began to have much more contact with the outside world starting in the 1910s. There was an influx of new settlers, miners and loggers. The new Philippine government established stronger control at that time for tax purposes.


What Are Their Lives Like?

This is a farming community with unusual customs. There is no division of labor based on gender. Both genders work on farms together. Men sometimes cook and take care of children. There is equality, so there is no division by class.
These farmers grow rice as their staple food, but they also raise livestock including cattle and water buffalo.
Parents arrange marriages for their children, often before they reach puberty. A husband’s family must pay for the bride, and he must do work for her family. For that reason, parents prefer daughters over sons since it means gaining wealth from the family of a future husband.
Their homes are usually rectangular with bamboo floors. Sometimes they don’t have complete roofs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a Christian presence among the Eastern Subanen, they have their own ethnic religion. Much of the Christian work came from the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It provided them with schools as well as church planting work.


What Are Their Needs?

The Eastern Subanen people need to center their lives around the teachings and the person of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual revival among the Eastern Subanen people that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.
Pray for Eastern Subanen elders to have dreams and visions that will lead them to Jesus.
Pray for Eastern Subanen disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Subanen, Eastern in Philippines.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subanon_people


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Subanen, Eastern
People Name in Country Subanen, Eastern
Natural Name Eastern Subanen
Alternate Names
Population this Country 8,600
Population all Countries 8,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 20582
ROP3 Code 116914
ROP25 Code 307708
ROP25 Name Subanon / Subanen
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mindanao, Zamboanga del Norte Province, Don Victoriano Chiongban municipality, western slopes of Mount Malindang; Misamis Occidental Province, border area west of Mount Malindang; Zamboanga del Sur Province, northeast corner.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mindanao, Zamboanga del Norte Province, Don Victoriano Chiongban municipality, western slopes of Mount Malindang; Misamis Occidental Province, border area west of Mount Malindang; Zamboanga del Sur Province, northeast corner..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
40.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Subanen, Eastern (8,600 speakers)
Language Code sfe   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Subanen, Eastern (8,600 speakers)
Language Code sfe   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Subanen, Eastern

Primary Language:  Subanen, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Subanen, Eastern Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Jophel Botero Ybiosa - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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