Cebuano people

Cebuano People

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The Cebuano people (Cebuano: Sugbuanon), are a Visayan ethnic group in Cebu and form the second largest cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines.


The early people on the island were Austronesians who settled in Cebu around 30,000 years ago. They introduced a sea-faring ocean-sailing culture throughout Southeast Asia, the Polynesian islands and Madagascar. Like the rest of the population in the Philippine Islands, the Austronesian tribal groups, which became the Malay people encountered the Negrito population on the islands (Negros and Zambales).

The early Cebuanos held animist beliefs and worshipped anitos (spirits) until the introduction of Roman Catholicism. Muslim traders from Malaysia and Indonesia established trade relations with the islands between the 13th and 16th centuries, at the same time introducing their religion to the Filipino population and being organized into a variety of tribal groups governed by chieftains called datus and rajahs. Both Spain and the United States colonized the island between the 16th and 20th century, achieving its independence from colonial rule in 1946. Today, the population of the island of Cebu stands at around 3,850,000 people. A number of Cebuanos also have ancestries from other local ethnic groups in the Philippines; as well as foreign ancestries from Chinese, Spanish and among others.

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