Religion

Christianity

The Philippines is the only country in Asia in which Christianity is the national religion. This is probably the result of the Spanish Catholic reign in The Philippines for more than 300 years. Religion still plays a central role in the lives of most Filipino Americans. An estimated 92.5% of Filipinos are Christians; the major Christian denominations are as follows:

  1. Roman Catholic (80.9%),
  2. Evangelical (2.8%)
  3. Iglesia ni Cristo (2.3%)
  4. Aglipayan (2%)
  5. Other Christian groups (4.5%) including Protestant, Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican, Orthodox, Methodist, and Seventh Day Adventist.

Islam and Other Religions

Approximately 5% of the population is Muslim, mostly concentrated in the Southern Philippines, especially on Mindanao Island. 1.8% of the population subscribes to other independent religions, while 0.7% does not practice or belong to any religious affiliation (Central Intelligence Agency, 2010; Philippine Census, 2000).