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See also: Animism, Ancestor worship, and Shamanism

Religion in the Philippines are spiritual beliefs held by Philippine citizens. Religion holds a central place in the life of the majority of Filipinos, including Jewish, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Protestants and animists. It is central not as an abstract belief system, but rather as a host of experiences, rituals, ceremonies, and adjurations that provide continuity in life, cohesion in the community and moral purpose for existence. Religious associations are part of the system of kinship ties, patron-client bonds and other linkages outside the nuclear family.<ref name=Dolan1991 />

Christianity and Islam have been superimposed on ancient traditions and acculturated. The unique religious blends that have resulted, when combined with the strong personal faith of Filipinos, have given rise to numerous and diverse revivalist movements. Generally characterized by antimodern bias, supernaturalism, and authoritarianism in the person of a charismatic messiah figure, these movements have attracted thousands of Filipinos, especially in areas like Mindanao, which have been subjected to extreme pressure of change over a short period of time. Many have been swept up in these movements, out of a renewed sense of fraternity and community. Like the highly visible examples of flagellation and reenacted crucifixion in the Philippines, these movements may seem to have little in common with organized Christianity or Islam. But in the intensely personalistic Philippine religious context, they have not been aberrations so much as extreme examples of how religion retains its central role in society.<ref name=Dolan1991>Ronald E. Dolan, ed. (1991), "Religion", Philippines: A Country Study, Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress. Retrieved on 2009-01-08</ref>.

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Ancient indigenous beliefs

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Main articles: Philippine mythology, Anito, Gabâ, and Kulam

Animism, for lack of better terminology, can be used to describe the indigenous spiritual traditions practiced by people in the Philippines during pre-colonial times. Today, only a handful of the indigenous tribes continue to practice it. It is a collection of beliefs and cultural mores anchored in the idea that the world is inhabited by spirits and supernatural entities, both good and bad, and that respect be accorded to them through nature worship. These spirits all around nature are known as "diwatas", showing cultural relationship with Hinduism (Devatas). Some worship specific deities, such as the Tagalog supreme deity, Bathala, and his children Adlaw, Mayari, and Tala, or the Visayan deity Kan-Laon; while others practice Ancestor worship (anitos). Variations of animistic practices occur in different ethnic groups. Magic, chants and prayers are often key features. Its practitioners were highly respected (and some feared) in the community, as they were healers, midwives (hilot), shamans, witches and warlocks (mangkukulam), priests/priestesses (babaylan/katalonan), tribal historians and wizened elders that provided the spiritual and traditional life of the community. In the Visayan regions, there is a belief in the existence of witchcraft or barang and mythical creatures such as the "aswang", "balay sa dwendi" and "Bakonawa", despite the existence of the Christian and Islamic faiths.

In general, the spiritual and economic leadership in many pre-colonial Filipino ethnic groups was provided by women, as opposed to the political and military leadership according to men. Spanish occupiers during the 16th century arrived in the Philippines noting about warrior priestesses leading tribal spiritual affairs. Many were condemned as pagan heretics. Although suppressed, these matriarchal tendencies run deep in Filipino society and can still be seen in the strong leadership roles modern Filipino women are assuming in business, politics, academia, the arts and in religious institutions.

Folk religion remains a deep source of comfort, belief and cultural pride among many Filipinos. Nominally animists constitute about one percent of the population. But animism's influence pervade daily life and practice of the colonial religions that took root in the Philippines. Elements of folk belief melded with Christian and Islamic practices to give a unique perspective on these religions.

Judaism

As of 2005, Filipino Jews number at the very most 500 people.<ref name=jta> </ref> Other estimates range between 100 and 500 people (0.000001% and 0.000005% of the country's total population).

Today, Metro Manila boasts the largest Jewish community in the Philippines, which consists of roughly 40 families. The country's only synagogue, Beth Yaacov, is located in Makati, as is the Chabad House of the Ashkenazi Haredim.<ref>http://www.chabad.ph/page.asp?pageID=D0C59F0E-E626-466C-804A-A7D138905F7E</ref> There are, of course, other Jews elsewhere in the country,<ref name=jta> </ref> but these are obviously fewer and almost all transients,<ref>Schlossberger, E. Cauliflower and Ketchup.</ref> either diplomats or business envoys, and their existence is almost totally unknown in mainstream society. There are a few Israelis in Manila recruiting caregivers for Israel and a few other executives. A number are converts to Judaism. There are few Jewish, Hasidic and Kabbalah groups that exists in the Philippines. In the Metro Manila, the Kabbalah Centre <ref>http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20071224-108667/Unlocking_the_mysteries_of_the_heart_and_soul</ref> established its first Kabbalah Study Group, <ref name=kcph> </ref>with a total of 50+ members, as is the Ang Ilaw Kabbalah Study Group, which follows Hasidic tradition (Breslover) <ref>http://angilaw.wordpress.com/ang-ilaw/</ref> houses its chapter in Antipolo City, Rizal.

Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í Faith in the Philippines started in 1921 with the first Bahá'í first visiting the Philippines that year,<ref name="mirza">Hassall, Graham (January 2000). Mirza Hossein R. Touty: First Bahá'í known to have lived in the Philippines. Essays in Biography. Asia Pacific Bahá'í Studies. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.</ref> and by 1944 a Bahá'í Local Spiritual Assembly was established.<ref name="bpg">Effendi, Shoghi (1944). God Passes By. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-87743-020-9. </ref> In the early 1960s, during a period of accelerated growth, the community grew from 200 in 1960 to 1000 by 1962 and 2000 by 1963. In 1964 the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the Philippines was elected and by 1980 there were 64,000 Bahá'ís and 45 local assemblies.<ref name="bw18a">Universal House of Justice (1986), "In Memorium", The Bahá'í World of the Bahá'í Era 136-140 (1979-1983) XVIII: Table of Contents and pp.513, 652–9, ISBN 0853982341</ref> The Bahá'ís have been active in multi/inter-faith developments. No recent numbers are available on the size of the community.

Buddhism

Buddhism in the Philippines is largely confined to the Filipino Chinese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese communities. There are temples in Manila, Davao, and Cebu, and other places. According to the 2000 Philippine census, 0.1% of the population is Buddhist.<ref>Religious Demographic Profile — Philippines. The PEW forum on Religion & Public Life. Retrieved on 2008-05-13.</ref> Other sources claim different figures, however. The publication, An Information Guide — Buddhism, for example, claims that as of 2007 Buddhists formed 2% of the total population.<ref>An Information Guide — Buddhism. buddhist-tourism.com (2007). Retrieved on 2008-05-13.</ref> Several schools of Buddhism are present in the Philippines - Mahayana, Vajrayana, Theravada Buddhist temples as well as Lay Organizations are present in the Philippines as well as meditation centers and groups such as Soka Gakkai International <ref name=SanghaPinoy>History; Philippines. Sangha Pinoy. Retrieved on 2008-05-13.</ref>

Christianity

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Christianity arrived in the Philippines with the landing of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. In the late 16th century, soldiers and missionaries firmly planted the seeds of conversion when they officially claimed the archipelago for Spain and named it after their king. Missionary activity during the country's long colonial rule by Spain and the United States transformed the Philippines into the first and then one of the two (perhaps three, considering South Korea's growing Christian population) predominantly Christian nations in East Asia, with approximately 90% of the population belonging to the Christian faith, the other Christian nation being East Timor.

Catholic Church

Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion and the largest Christian denomination, with estimates of 81-85% of the population belonging to this faith in the Philippines. The country has a significant Spanish Catholic tradition, and Spanish style Catholicism is highly embedded in the culture, which was acquired from priests or friars (prayle in Filipino). This is shown in traditions such as Misa de Gallo, Black Nazarene procession, Santo Niño and Aguinaldo procession, where large crowds gather, honouring their patron saint or saints. Processions and fiestas are conducted during feast days of the patron saints of various barrios or barangays. Roman Catholicism is also the de facto state religion in the Philippines.

Every year on October 31 to November 2, Filipino families celebrates the Day of the Dead or popularly known as "All Souls and Saints Day" which they spend much of the 3 days and 3 evenings visiting their ancestral graves, showing respect and honor to their departed relatives by feasting and offering prayers.

Christmas in the Philippines is a celebration spanning just more than the day itself. Many traditions and customs are associated with this grand feast, along with New Year. Holy Week in the Philippines is also an important time for the country's Catholics. To spread more the gospel, the Roman Catholic Church established Catholic Media Network with its main tv station Tv Maria as a tool for evangelization. other large Roman Catholic television channels like EWTN and Familyland are also available and watched in the Philippines

Roman Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Neocatechumenal Way

The El Shaddai movement is a large Catholic Charismatic Renewal led by 'Brother Mike Velarde'. Other groups include Couples for Christ, Ligaya Ng Panginoon, FAMILIA Community, Bukas Loob Sa Diyos etc.

The Neocatechumenal Way has a very large and rapidly expanding presence in the Philippines, especially in Luzon, Manila and the Visayan Islands, especially Panay. Nowadays there are more than seven hundred Neocatechumenal communities, the highest number in Asia and one of the highest numbers in the World.

Iglesia ni Cristo

The Iglesia ni Cristo is the largest entirely indigenous Cult<ref name=brittanica>Iglesia ni Kristo. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica (2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-05.</ref> religious organization that originated from the Philippines<ref name="Sanders">Sanders, Albert J., "An Appraisal of the Iglesia ni Cristo," in Studies in Philippine Church History, ed. Anderson, Gerald H. (Cornell University Press, 1969)</ref> and the largest independent church in Asia.<ref>Bevans, Stephen B.; Schroeder, Roger G.. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (American Society of Missiology Series). Orbis Books, 269. ISBN 1-57075-517-5. </ref><ref>Carnes, Tony; Yang, Fenggang (2004). Asian American religions: the making and remaking of borders and boundaries. New York: New York University Press, 352. ISBN 978-0-8147-1630-4. </ref><ref>Kwiatkowski, Lynn M.. Struggling With Development: The Politics Of Hunger And Gender In The Philippines. Westview Press, 286. ISBN 978-0-8133-3784-5. </ref> Iglesia Ni Cristo was founded by Felix Y. Manalo when he officially registered the church as a unipersonal corporation at the then Kawanihan ng Komersyo or Securities and Exchange Commission with him as executive minister on July 27, 1914 and because of this, most publications refer to him as the founder of the church. <ref>http://batangrizal.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/95th-founding-anniversary-of-iglesia-ni-cristo-inc/</ref>

Orthodox Church

Orthodoxy has been continuously present in the Philippines for more than 200 years. <ref>Orthodox Christians in Philippines. Orthodox Church in the Philippines. Retrieved on 2007-08-02.</ref> Today, Orthodox number at around 560.<ref name="mission">Article Provided By Rev. Philemon Castro. The Orthodox Church In The Philippines. Dimitris Papadias, Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong. Retrieved on 2007-08-02.</ref>

Protestantism

Protestantism arrived in the Philippines with the coming of the Americans at the turn of the 20th century. In 1898, Spain lost the Philippines to the United States. After a bitter fight for independence against its new occupiers, Filipinos surrendered and were again colonized. The arrival of Protestant American missionaries soon followed.

Filipino Catholic Church independent from Rome

Restorationist

Restorationism describes religious movements that follow what they understand to be a pristine, or original, form of Christianity:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - During the Spanish-American War in 1898, two men from Utah who were members of the United States artillery battery, and who were also set apart as missionaries by the Church before they left the United States, preached while stationed in the Philippines. Missionary work work picked up after World War II, and in 1961 the Church was officially registered in the Philippines.<ref>, "New Temple Announcement Answers Members’ Prayers", News of the Church, Liahona, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-11-23</ref> In 1969, the Church had spread to eight major islands and had the highest number of baptisms of any area in the Church. A temple was built in 1984 which located in Quezon City and another one which is under construction is in Cebu City. The Manila Missionary Training Center was established in 1983. Membership in 1984 was 76,000 and 237,000 in 1990. Membership was 594,655 in 2007. In 2008, groundbreaking began on a new temple in Cebu.
  • Jehovah's Witnesses - Missionaries of the Jehovah's Witnesses arrived in the Philippines during the American Occupation (1898-1945). They have been involved in several court controversies because of their stand on flag-saluting and blood transfusions. They are best known by their preaching in pairs from house to house. Currently there are more than 150,000 members in the Philippines as of the year 2006.
  • Members Church of God International - The Members Church of God International, is a nontrinitarian religious organization known through its television program, Ang Dating Daan (ADD). This group is an offshoot of Nicholas Perez's Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of the Truth). The split occurred after Eliseo Soriano was excommunicated from Perez's group, the former believes that Perez's successor, Levita Gugulan, should not lead the church because she is a woman. It is not related to the many Church of God groups that descended from the Barney Creek Meeting House revival of the late 1800s in the United States.
  • The Iglesia ni Cristo is the largest entirely indigenous Cult<ref name=brittanica>Iglesia ni Kristo. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica (2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-05.</ref> religious organization that originated from the Philippines<ref name="Sanders">Sanders, Albert J., "An Appraisal of the Iglesia ni Cristo," in Studies in Philippine Church History, ed. Anderson, Gerald H. (Cornell University Press, 1969)</ref> and the largest independent church in Asia.<ref>Bevans, Stephen B.; Schroeder, Roger G.. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (American Society of Missiology Series). Orbis Books, 269. ISBN 1-57075-517-5. </ref><ref>Carnes, Tony; Yang, Fenggang (2004). Asian American religions: the making and remaking of borders and boundaries. New York: New York University Press, 352. ISBN 978-0-8147-1630-4. </ref><ref>Kwiatkowski, Lynn M.. Struggling With Development: The Politics Of Hunger And Gender In The Philippines. Westview Press, 286. ISBN 978-0-8133-3784-5. </ref>

Iglesia Ni Cristo was founded by Felix Y. Manalo when he officially registered the church as a unipersonal corporation at the then Kawanihan ng Komersyo or Securities and Exchange Commission with him as executive minister on July 27, 1914 and because of this, most publications refer to him as the founder of the church. <ref>http://batangrizal.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/95th-founding-anniversary-of-iglesia-ni-cristo-inc/</ref>

Islam

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Islam reached the Philippines in the 14th century with the arrival of Malay and Javanese merchants and Arab merchants from Malaysia and Indonesia, although the spreading of Islam in the Philippines is due to the strength of Muslim India. India brought Islam to Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia and Indonesia, and in turn the latter two brought Islam to the Philippines. Filipino Muslims make up about five percent of the population and are concentrated in the western portion of the island of Mindanao. The Bangsamoro or Muslim Nation, a term used to define the disparate ethnic groups that profess Islam in the Philippines as their religion, have been fighting the most protracted war of independence in world history. These include the Tausugs and the Maranaos. The Islamic separatist movement in the Philippines had been and is being waged for almost five centuries -- against the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and the predominantly Christian Filipinos of today's independent republic. Filipino Muslims follow the Sunni tradition.

Sikhism and Hinduism

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Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism has existed in the Philippines for centuries. A great deal of Philippine mythology is derived from Hindu mythology. Many Filipino customs have strong Buddhist influences. Hinduism arrived when the Hindu religion and culture arrived from India by southern Indians to Southeast Asia from the 4th centuries to the 1300s. The same case can also be found in Buddhism since early Buddhist did follow many of the Hindu cosmology and Hindus themselves considered Buddha to be an avatar of their god, Vishnu. The Srivijaya Empire and Majapahit Empire on what is now Malaysia and Indonesia, introduced Hinduism and Buddhism to the islands<ref>History of Buddhism, Buddhism in the Philippines. Retrieved on 2008-03-16</ref>. Statues of Hindu-Buddhist gods have been found in the Philippines.<ref>Thakur, Upendra (1986). Some Aspects of Asia and Culture. Abhinav Publications. </ref>

Today Hinduism is largely confined to the Indian Filipinos and the expatriate Indian community. Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism, which are very close to Hinduism, are practiced by Tibetans, Sri Lankan, Burmese and Thai nationals. There are Hindu temples in Manila, as well as in the provinces. There are temples also for Sikhism, sometimes located near Hindu temples. The two Paco temples are well known, comprising a Hindu temple and a Sikh temple.

Atheism and agnosticism

Phil Zuckerman<ref>Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology at Pitzer College. His faculty profile states his areas of expertise as Sociology of Religion, Social Theory, and Deviance. He is a outspoken atheist and the author of, among other works, Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, NYU Press, 2008, ISBN 9780814797143.</ref> estimated in 2007 that less than 1% of the population of the Philippines were atheist.<ref>Zuckerman, Phil (2007), "Atheism : Contemporary Numbers and patterns", in Martin, Michael, The Cambridge companion to atheism, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521842709, at 53.</ref>

Discussions on atheism are active in academic institutions such as the University of the Philippines. One of the well known atheist organizations in UP is UPAC (University of the Philippines Atheist Circle).

On February 2009, Filipino Freethinkers<ref>Filipino Freethinkers Official Website. Retrieved on 2009-08-20.</ref> was formed. The group, composed mostly of atheists, agnostics, and humanists, discuss daily through its online channels, with a combined membership of more than 200 members spread across their mailing list, forum, and social networking group. Aside from weekly meetings, they have held two open forums, with a combined attendance of over 100 members.

Statistics

The following statistics are from the CIA Factbook and the 2000 census: <ref>Philippines - People. CIA Factbook. Retrieved on 2007-07-02.</ref>

  • Christian: 92.5%
    • Roman Catholic: 80.9%
    • Aglipayan: 2.0%
    • Iglesia ni Cristo: 2.8%
    • Evangelical: 2.3%
    • Other Christian: 4.5%
  • Muslim: 5%

"Other 1.8%

  • Unspecified: 0.6%
  • None: 0.1%

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