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Ivatan in Philippines

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
52,000 Ivatan Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 % No   

Ivatan in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The Ivatans are of various physical types. The dominant one is the Malay. Others have physical characteristics peculiar to the Ainus of Japan of short stature, fair complexion and small slit eyes.

The Ivatans live in houses made of coral and limestone cement with thatched roofs made of grass. Their houses have square structures that have two big windows as big as doorways. The presence of typhoons all year round, needs that the houses' walls and roofs to be built almost a meter thick, while the floor is raised about two meters high.

The Ivatans are peace-loving people and are very clannish. Their geographical location is one of the major problems of the Ivatan society. They are isolated by rough seas all year round from the mainland Luzon.

The Ivatan courtship practice is typical among the Filipinos from Luzon. A man has to render service to the family of the woman he'd like to marry. Marriages are officiated in the church and celebration usually follows the wedding ceremony with feast and dancing.

The economy of the Ivatans is greatly affected by their geographical isolation from the mainland Luzon. The year round presence of typhoons and rain make it very difficult for the Ivatans to increase their source of livelihood. Regular transportation is needed in order to increase their trade and market with other neighboring islands, especially Luzon.

Because of their small population, the Ivatans have little to say regarding national political decisions. However, in their local government, they have the right to vote their choice of leadership and they can participate in their local development.

What are their beliefs?
At present, most Ivatans are Catholics. However, there are a few who have not become Christians and continue to adhere to a form of ancestor worship which venerates the dead as anito, who is responsible for the successes and failures of their relatives.

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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North of Luzon, Batanes Islands. Many relocated to Mindanao near Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, and Cotabato; Manila, Luzon, and Palawan.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Ivatan
People Name General: Ivatan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104119
Joshua Project People ID: 12291
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 52,000
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Ivatan
Ethnic Code: MSY44x
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Primary Language: Ivatan
Language Code (ISO): ivv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1960-2006
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Ivatan
Text / Printed MatterBible: No vayo a Testamento
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Ivatan in Philippines

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    Filipino, Tribal     Asia, Southeast    
      Ivatan Philippines    
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