Religion in Philippines
The Philippines is one of two Catholic countries in Asia where more than 90% of the population are Christians. About 80% belongto the Roman Catholic Church while the remaining 10% belong to other Christian denominations, such as Bahá'í Faith, Hinduism, Judaism, United Church of Christ, the Orthodox Church, other spiritualbeliefs and those with no religion form the rest of the minority.
Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion and the largest Christian denomination, estimatedly to have 81-85% of the populationbelonging to this faith in the Philippines. The country has a significant Spanish Catholic tradition, and Spanish style Catholicism is deeply set in the culture.
The other 5% to 10% of the populationare Muslim, most of whom live in parts of Mindanao, Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago, an area known as Bangsamoro or the Moro region. Most Muslim Philippines practice Shafi'i, a form of Sunni Islam,while other tribal groups such as the Bajau, practice a form mixed with Animism.
Animism is the indigenous spiritual tradition 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 supernaturalentities, both good and bad, and that respect be accorded to them through nature worship.
Nowadays the relationships among the religions are peaceful but not always were like this. The Muslim SecessionistMovement in Southern Philippines was for a time the most serious threat to the stability of the country. It started in the late 1960s with the formation of the Muslim Independence Movement. In the197Os, the Moro National Liberation Front emerged as the lead secessionist organization. It started a wild war against central authority. The objective of the MNLF was to found a separate state in the...