During the Pre-Spanish Period in the Philippines there were 3 Different Social Classes in the Philippines. The social classes describes land distribution in the Southern Philippines that is very unique from the pagan system. It was the Muslim system that was introduced by the Indo-Malayan race.
- The Nobles – could own their own land and were free from tribute payment.
- The Serfs – entitled to cultivate certain lands, but were required to pay an annual fee of one-half of the yield of their crops to the Datu.
- The Slaves – simply serves the Datu or the Nobles and were owned by them. They can be sold or traded.