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Bolinao Sambal in Philippines

Bolinao Sambal

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
127,000 Bolinao Christianity 95.00 % 13.00 % No   

Bolinao Sambal in Philippines

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Introduction / History
Like any lowland groups, the Bolinao people have been influenced by the Spanish conquerors as evidenced by their centuries old Church. They are proud of this cultural heritage as shown in their municipal Library, and the Bolinao Museum. The Bolinaos are eager to progress through education. They are hospitable and hardworking yet fun loving.

They have regular celebrations such as feasts of saints, town and barangay (small village) fiestas highlighted with beauty contests, and cultural shows. Even though staunchly Roman Catholic, the Bolinao people engage in animistic practices that betray their deep fears of the spirit world. The Mananatigwa 'folk healer' is sought for every ailment, dreams or recovery of lost animals or items. Bolinaos also practice talking to the dead. They are afraid of the spirits of their dead loved ones. The Mananantigwa is summoned to offer choice food to the spirits of these dead in order to appease them. Only when they read the Bible in the language they understand best will the Bolinao people be truly set free from the bondage of these fears.

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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Luzon, West Pangasinan Province, Bolinao and Anda municipalities.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bolinao Sambal
People Name General: Bolinao Sambal
Alternate People Names:
BolinaoBolinao Zambal
ROP3 Code: 101566
Joshua Project People ID: 10916
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 127,000
Population all Countries: 127,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Bolinao Sambal
Ethnic Code: AUG05
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bolinao
Language Code (ISO): smk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Ilocano (Unknown)Tagalog (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 13.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1963-1998
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bolinao
Text / Printed MatterBible: Si Biblia
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Bolinao Sambal in Philippines

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    Filipino, Tribal     Asia, Southeast    
      Bolinao Sambal Philippines    
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