Negrito, Mamanwa in Philippines

Negrito, Mamanwa
Photo Source:  Roger Tompkins 
Map Source:  Mark Stevens
People Name: Negrito, Mamanwa
Country: Philippines
10/40 Window: No
Population: 9,400
World Population: 9,400
Primary Language: Minamanwa
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.30 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Anonymous