Religious Groups in the Philippines

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Unequal in size but all commanding committed followers in different geographical locations and periods of the country's history, following are some of the spiritual groups found in the Philippines today (see Notes and also: http://www.Adherents.com).

Group Estimate of Adherents
[year reported]
1. Roman Catholic

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80% of the pop. (1998)

2. Other Christian Denominations Combined

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8.7% of the pop. (1990)
3. Muslim/Islamic - 7% of the pop. (2001)
4. Indigenous Religions - 1.2% of the pop. (1990)
5. Buddhists - 0.1 % of the pop (1990)
6. Atheists (did not identify religion) - 0.3 % of the pop. (1990)

Protestants

- 8% of the pop. (1990)

El Shaddai

- 5 million (2001)

Church of the Nazarene

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14,081 (1998)

Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints - 389,000 (1999)
Seventh-Day Adventists (Central Phil. Union Conf.) - 181,241 (2000)
Chinese - 1% of the pop (1996)
Hindu - unknown
Mennonites - 1,365 (1998)
Philippine Episcopal Church - unknown

United Church of Christ in the Philippines

- unknown

Evangelical

- 5.1% (1995)

Baptist World Alliance

- 212,643 (1998)

Methodist

- unknown
Judaism - 250 (1998)

Ang Dating Daan

- unknown

Worldwide Church of God

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25,000 (2002)

Jehovah's Witnesses

- 128,134 (1999)

Unitarian

- 1,000 (1998)

Assemblies of God (Ilocos Norte)

- 277 (1990)

God World Missions Church

- unknown

Presbyterian

- unknown
Lutheran Church in the Philippines - unknown
Mount Banahaw Holy Confederation -

unknown

Rizalistas - unknown
Aglipayan (Philippine Independence Church) - 13% of the pop (1918);
2,574,000 (1998)
Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) - 3,000,000 (1999);
at least 2 million in Metro Manila (2000)
Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA) - 60,000 (2002)

Notes:

1. Year 2002 Philippine population estimate is 78 million. For different census figures, please see National Statistics Office website at <http://www.nso.gov.ph>
2. Figures do not include members/adherents outside the Philippines. 
3. Figures may not add up to 100%.   A variety of sources have been used in order to identify as many existing religious groups as possible. Some members may have overlapping memberships.
4. Arriving at precise figures of  memberships and followings is difficult for several reasons: religion, though not an embarrassing matter to discuss among Filipinos remains a private concern; it is not uncommon for individuals to "change" religion or convert from one set of faith to another, or to attend more than one church; censuses are done few and far between and do not capture religious data; finally, churches' own  records might not be updated.

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In the beginning this world was Soul alone, in the shape of a Person. He looked around and saw nothing but himself. He first said, "This is I." Therefore, he became I by name. Therefore even now, if a man is asked he first says, "This is I," and then pronounces his other name.


- from "Creation from Brahman" in
Anthology of World Scriptures by
R. Van Voorst (2000:33)

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