Religion in the Philippines
(MODULE CONTENTS)
by Ma. Ernita Joaquin

Introduction
Objectives

Religion and the Modern World
Religious Freedom
Religious Groups
Religious Briefs
Public Life and Religion
References
Modules for Teachers
Tagalog Main Page

Prepared August  2002. Opinions expressed in this module are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the NIU Seasite.

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"Brown Madonna" ni Galo B. Ocampo
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Introduction

Semana Santa. Tithing. Vesper. Fasting. The EDSA Shrine. These are just a few of the icons of religion that one encounters in the Philippines. The country is well-known as the only pre-dominantly Christian country in Asia.

Filipinos are by far considered a religious, at the least rite-profuse, people. And religious tensions, just like in any other place on earth, have characterized specific periods and some corners of the land.

This module will introduce readers to the myriads of beliefs, religious customs and traditions in the Philippines. While the world's major spiritual groups command huge followings in the country, it is also host to smaller sects and denominations, and together they play important roles in the social, economic, and political life of Filipinos.