Manobo simply means “people” or “person”; alternate names include Manuvu and Minuvu. The term may have originated from “Mansuba,” a combination of man (people) and suba (river). Manobos are concentrated in Agusan, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao, Misamis Oriental, and Surigao Del Sur.
The Manobo usually build their villages near small bodies of water or forest clearings, although they also opt for hillsides, rivers, valleys, and plateaus. The communities are small, consisting of only 4-12 houses. They practice slash-and-burn agriculture.
The Agusan Manobo or simply Agusan are scattered all over Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and even Surigao del Sur. Agusans call their language Minanubu, and is one of the Manobo languages that still has a large number of speakers. It has four dialects: Umayam, Adgawan, Surigao, and Omayamnon.