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COMMUNITIES IN ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

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Baliguian, Zamboanga Del Norte
Most of the families living in the area are Subanen who are into agriculture, both farming and livestock raising. Majority of the members in the community were illiterates. They could not read and write and could hardly speak and understand the local dialect of the town which was Cebuano/Bisaya. Those educated have been i contact with Bisaya, thus, they speak Bisaya/Cebuano. They had their own language, the “Subanen”, had a separate culture and a religion. Some of them are pagans who worshipped the nature like trees, mountains, rivers, stones and others which for them had life.The attempt of touching and transforming the lives of the people met challenges and hardships. At first, the Subanen people were apathetic on this because they had a painful experience in the past days. They were victims of paradoxical promises of other people. Consequently, they would no longer believe people with the desire to help them. The CFC members doing GK studied the Subanen culture. They did what young ladies and gentlemen customarily do- the courtship to the Subanen people. It took few months or a year for them to do such thing. In the long run, the Subanen signified countenance on their plans. The groups were accepted by the Subanen community. As a gesture of support, the leader of the tribe coordinated with the Local Government Unit of Mutia relative to using the parcel of land that was donated before to build a Gawad Kalinga community.In partnership with the Municipal Government of Mutia, Jose Rizal Memorial State University

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