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Palawano, Brooke's Point in Philippines

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Palawano, Brooke
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Palawano, Brooke's Point Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % No   

Palawano, Brooke's Point in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The Palawanun culture is similar to that of the Tagbanuas. A large number of Palawanuns live on the mainlands of the south and southwestern part of Palawan island while others are highlanders found in the upper parts of the mountain. The highlanders retain their original culture while the lowlanders have been greatly influenced by Christian practices due to the presence of Christian missionaries, both Catholic and Protestant.

Riddles play a great part in the Palawanun courtship. This stage is called the "Pasaguli". The bride's parents usually ask the bridegroom's parents to solve riddles which if answered satisfactorily to the bride's parents, the courtship will continue to the next level until the rites of "Paabot" (Pamanhikan to Tagalogs) is reached and then the final stage which is the wedding ceremony. Weddings are celebrated by the whole village and are mostly done through servings of food, mostly cooked meat and rice wine.

The family is the basic unit of Palawanun society. Kinship is reckoned with both the paternal and maternal kin, yielding a bilateral type of social structure. But loyalty is kept to the group or area to which the family head (usually the father) belongs. The eldest man leads the family as well as the village. The village head is called "Panglima" meaning judge. In Palawanun society, deep respects the elders is the guideline for hierarchy of relationships between siblings and even group members.

Divorce occurs in the Palawanun society only for reasons of immorality, but couples need parental consent if parents are still alive. In case of inability to bear children, most couples resort to adoption of children belonging to their nearest relatives.

The Palawanuns engage in dry agriculture or "kaingin". They plant rice, root crops, bananas and vegetables. They also engage in hunting and foraging food and medicinal herbs from the forest. Those from the lowlands engage in trade with Christians and traders coming from other parts of the island. Some have put up some sari-sari stores to augment their economic needs. Some Palawanuns who have been educated through the modernization of their society are able to work in municipal offices.

The Palawanuns call their leader as "Panglima" who exercises control through traditional laws called "adaw". The folk-medicine man called "Mag-urowan" also has some influence in the village. Some lowland villages however, have been following the modern structures of government.

What are their beliefs?
The Palawanuns believe in the spirits or anitos who control their lives. This is expressed in their ritual called "pagdiwata". However, contacts with Christians, both Catholics and Protestants, resulted in some conversions. Conversion to Christianity has resulted in a higher value on education for their children. At present, Islam followers are increasing due to the entrance of Islam believers who came from Mindanao.

Prayer Points
* The threat of the increase in Islamic conversion. Some Christians have not shown good testimonies to the Palawanuns. There are some land grabbing and abuses done by rich or influential outsiders which caused a lot of trouble in the Palawanun society.
* The highlanders and the lowlanders are quite different from each other in practices and some religious beliefs, resulting in disunity among them. Pray that they may find true unity as a homogenous minority group which will lead to strength when it comes to their need of protection and preservation.
* May the changes brought by modernization truly help them improve their status locally and nationally. There is also a need for more programs in preparing the Palawanuns for the changes brought by outside influences. Education and information dissemination will help them to become more prepared for the modern changes happening in their society.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-06-13
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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Southeast Palawan Island, south of Abu Abu to Bataraza, mostly along upland rivers, some along the coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Palawano, Brooke's Point
People Name General: Palawano, Brooke's Point
Alternate People Names:
Bugsuk PalawanoPalawan
ROP3 Code: 101676
Joshua Project People ID: 10972
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 13,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Palawano, Brooke's Point
Ethnic Code: MSY44m
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Primary Language: Palawano, Brooke's Point
Language Code (ISO): plw    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Palawano, Central (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam25.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1992-2000
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: The New Testament
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