Samal people

Samal people

Infobox Ethnic group
group = Samal

poptime = unknown
popplace = Sulu Archipelago, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Davao del Sur in the Philippines
langs = Samal language, Chabacano, Cebuano, Tagalog, English
rels = Sunni Islam, Protestant Christianity, animism
related=other Moros, other Lumad, Visayans, Austronesian people

Samal are an indigenous ethnic group in the Philippines. They mostly live in Sulu Archipelago, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Davao del Sur, especially Island Garden City of Samal which was named after them, in Mindanao island.


Samal are Austroneians who came from south China and Taiwan and settled Mindanao during Iron Age along with other Austronesian tribes which are native to Mindanao. But most Samal escaped to rural interior when Cebuano population increased in Mindanao, while the rest of Samal remained in Sulu and Island Garden City of Samal. Samal both belong to Moro and Lumad thru religion and region. Samal in Sulu Archipelago are Muslims that belong to Moro and those in Davao del Sur are either Christians or animists that belong to Lumad.


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