Christianity in the Philippines

varron104 By varron104, 21st Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Philippines was considered as the only christian country in Asia (before East Timor establish self governance)

A short story of the origin of Christianity in the Philippines

Most of the Asian countries are either Hindu,Islam, and Buddhist believer. In this vast continent, only two countries are christian majority; the Philippines and East Timor.

The Philippines was considered as the only christian country in Asia (before East Timor establish self governance). It is is located in South East Asia,and surrounded by non-christian countries, but despite of its location, the Philippines is a christian country.

What makes it happen? Long time ago, about 1521 A.D this archipelago was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan and claims it under the name of Spain (a catholic country). Even he died in the local battle against the natives, Spain, knowing of the existence of this archipelago because of the discovery, sent several expeditions to colonize the country.

Spain became successful in colonization. The Spanish government then dominated the islands for almost 300 years. In that long span of years the Spanish became successful in spreading Christianity among the natives.

The Spanish constructed several churches in the country (some of this churches are now in a hundred years of age and can still be seen). They also founded schools and universities who were manage by catholic congregations. One of this university is the oldest university in the whole of Asia, the University of Sto.Tomas.

Catholicism is the greatest legacy of Spain in this country. Today, over 90 percent of the people in this country are Catholics, others are protestants, Islams and etc.


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author avatar Jack Vorster
17th Dec 2010 (#)

Good history to know.

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author avatar Jaime
1st Feb 2011 (#)

Spaniards was not the one who first introduced Christianity in the Philippines.

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author avatar Ernesto Salim
4th Jun 2011 (#)

who is it then. this is an honest question. I am just curios could you just help me learn some history.
Appreciate your answer

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author avatar Teila
1st Mar 2012 (#)


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