“Mamanwa Children” 2012, Photo by
Genesis Precioso *
The Mamanwa are one of the oldest
peoples in the Philippines – they have a strong resemblance to
the other Negrito groups (Ati/Aeta Negritos).
Mamanwa means ‘first forest dwellers’.
Leadership is given to the oldest and most respected man
in the community.
Their communities are made up of from 3 to 20 households.
They live in a subsistence economy –
hunting and gathering their food from the area around their
settlements, but they are nomadic and move often.
They use various traps to catch animals for food.
They are peace loving people.
Their elders maintain peace and order within their
Church planting is often difficult
because many times when evangelism has begun in a certain
location and the worker leaves for a week— when he comes back
the people have moved to another location.
Their nomadic lives make normal church planting and
community building very difficult.
They are in Mindanao (Agusan del Norte, Surigao del
Norte and Surigao del Sur) and on Panaoan Island as well as in
the mountains of Southern Leyte.
Christian %: 2% adherents and .3% evangelical
No Bible in their language, but many are able to speak
resources are available in Visayan.
SEAMIST workers Genesis and Rhiza Precioso are working
among the Mamanwa to plant an indigenous church.
Other agencies are also engaged at various levels with
Pray that signs and wonders will follow the missionaries that are working
among the Mamanwa.
Pray that the people will understand the Good News and receive it with
Pray that a strong core of believers will be established soon.
Pray that the new believers will be burdened from the start to reach out
to others that don’t believe.
adequate support for the missionaries living there and for
ministry support as well.
2012 by Genesis Precioso, used