Scientology

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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 Philippines in April 2004 through the opening of a new Church of Scientology Mission of Manila.

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 the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The Scientology premier source text, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, was also launched during that event.

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.

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.

On April 2008, Scientology International donated an eighteen-volume limited edition of L. Ron Hubbard's The Basics to the Cebu City Library at Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City to share the knowledge developed by their founder to improve the people's conditions in life.

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 as well as through various volunteer ministries in the provinces.

The Church of Scientology Mission of the Philippines is registered as a religious organization by the government of the Philippines.

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