animism as their religion and governed themselves according to their customs and traditions. But, during the reign of Thimuay Imbing in the later part of 19th and early part of 20th century, he accepted Christianity, which was introduced by American Missionaries Mr. & Mrs. David O. Lung in 1912. Rev. & Mrs. Samuel D. Lomasson continued their missionary works. They put up a Church and a Mission School was the early Subanen learned to speak English. Later it was only by speaking English that they could communicate with their Christian and Muslim Filipino brothers as well as with foreigners. Because of this, Lapuyan became known as Little America. Furthermore, this is the only town in the whole Province of Zamboanga del Sur where English speaking Subanen predominate.

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