Native Filipino Beliefs

The Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation on account of 300 years of Spanish rule. It is estimated that 81% of the population is Roman Catholic. In the south on the large island of Mindanao, many are adherents of Islam. Filipino Muslims make up about five percent of the national population.

Animism or folk religion encompassing indigenous spiritual traditions from pre-colonial times still prevail even among baptized members of formal churches. Superstitious beliefs are widespread. Continue reading “Native Filipino Beliefs”


Religion in the Philippines

This page was posted in the year 2010.

Main Religions in the Philippines

(2000 census)

Roman Catholic 80.9%
Muslim 5%
Evangelical 2.8%
Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%
Aglipayan 2%
other Christian 4.5%
other 1.8%
unspecified 0.6%
none 0.1%
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‘Hail Mary’ in Tagalog

Filipinas revere the Virgin Mary as fervently as Catholic women venerate her as the mother of God in Mexico and other countries like the Philippines that had been under Spanish colonial rule.


‘Hail Mary’ in English

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

 
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Ang Sampung Utos ng Diyos

The Ten (10) Commandments of God are listed twice in the Bible — first in Chapter 20 of the Book of Exodus, and also in Chapter 5 of the Deuteronomy. Most Filipinos being Christian, the Bible is read and taught widely in the Philippines.

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GABÂ

evil effect on a person because of his or her malice

gabâ
negative karma

gabâ
divine retribution

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KUMPIL

This word is from the Spanish confirmar.

kumpil
Catholic sacrament of confirmation

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Filipino Muslims

Filipino Muslims make up about five percent of the Philippine population.

MUSLIM TERMS IN PHILIPPINE RELIGION

adat
Islamic customary law that sometimes conflicts with Philippine jurisprudence and thus an issue in Muslim-Christian relations

datu
title for a local Muslim leader

hadji
religious pilgrimage to Mecca made by the Muslim faithful

imam
prayer leader in a mosque

madrasa
an Islamic religious school

naga
stylized serpent used as an artistic motif by Filipino Moslems

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ANITO

Mga diyos na pinapaniwalaan ng mga sinaunang Pilipino bago dumating ang mga Kastila sa Pilipinas.

Deities (“gods”) that ancient Filipinos believed in before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines.

anito
native idol
(religious idolatry)

mga anito
religious idols

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