Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices initially created by American speculative fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The major organization promoting Scientology is the Church of Scientology, a hierarchical organization founded by Hubbard, while independent groups using Hubbard's materials are collectively referred to as the Free Zone. Hubbard developed Scientology teachings in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Hubbard later characterized Scientology as an "applied religious philosophy" and the basis for a new religion. Scientology encompasses "auditing", a spiritual rehabilitation philosophy and techniques, and covers topics such as morals, ethics, Purification (a type of detoxification), education and management.
Scientology in the Philippines
Scientology was first introduced into the country on April 2004 through the opening of a new Church of Scientology Mission of Manila.<ref>Scientologists celebrate the opening of a new Scientology Mission in Manila, making Dianetics available to the 77 million people of the Philippines. Pressbox.co.uk.</ref> The event was dedicated by actor David Pomeranz and martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr. and attended by government officials and community leaders including representatives from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Also launched was the Scientology premier source text, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
Since then Scientology has slowly expanded its operations in the country. On July 2007, the Asian Goodwill Tour of the Scientology volunteer ministers arrived in Manila and held a conference in UP Diliman. They discussed solutions and tools that the Filipino people can use to improve their lives. A textbook series of the Scientology texts known as the Scientology Handbook was also announced in the conference.<ref>The Release of 19 New Booklets Based on the Scientology Handbook is Announced at the Grand Opening of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Philippines Goodwill Tour. Scientology Handbook.</ref>
On February 2008, the chairman of the Dangerous Drug Board Sec. Anselmo S. Avenido Jr. awarded a plaque of recognition to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard for his humanitarian commitment and contributions to the field of drug education and rehabilitation. David Pomeranz received the posthumous award on his behalf.<ref>DDB awards Scientology founder, anti-drug crusader. Philippine Information Agency.</ref>
On April 2008, Scientology International donated an eighteen-volume limited edition of L. Ron Hubbard's The Basics to the Cebu City Library at Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City to share the knowledge developed by their founder to improve the people's conditions in life.<ref>Scientology Int'l donates books to Cebu City library. Philippine Information Agency.</ref>
As of present Scientology does not yet have a considerable following in the country. However the drive to promote Scientology is still going strong, and local Scientology missions have been established in Metro Manila to combat drug abuse<ref>Church of Scientology Mission of Manila Meets with the Philippines DEA to Combat Drug Abuse throughout the Region. Scientology Today.</ref> as well as through various volunteer ministries in the provinces<ref>Grassroots Help from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the Philippines. Scientology Today.</ref>.
The Church of Scientology Mission of the Philippines is registered as a religious organization by the government of the Philippines.<ref>The scope of the Scientology religion. Scientology Effective Solutions.</ref>