While most of the people in the Philippines follow the Roman Catholic faith, religious freedom is an important part of the culture here, and people are free to subscribe to whichever religion they choose. The people of the Philippines respect the religious faiths of each other, and representatives of virtually all major faiths known to man can be found here.
Consequently a large number of impressive churches and temples can be found in the Philippines, and while the largest of these tend to be located in the city of Manila, striking religious structures can be found all over the nation.
Visitors who take the time to really explore the country will find places of worship such as Catholic basilicas, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques and Buddhist temples in a number of destinations, which act as a testament to the country’s religious diversity.
The Philippines boasts to be Asia’s only Christian nation, and more than 86 per cent of the population declares itself to be Roman Catholic. Roman Catholicism is centred in the city of Manila, which boasts a large number of basilicas such as the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, while the city has been used over the years as a base for a range of different Roman Catholic missions.
There are also plenty of Roman Catholic Basilicas to be found outside of Manila, in virtually every corner of the Philippines.
Other Christian denominations
Protestantism is the second most prominent religion in the Philippines and a large number of ancient and imposing Protestant churches can be found in the country. This religion became popular in the Philippines at the end of the Second World War, when a large number of Protestant missionaries travelled to the country to spread the word.
A large number of Protestant schools as well as churches have been established throughout the Philippines, and many have their headquarters in the city of Manila. Among the Protestant divisions that can be found in the Philippines are the Baptists, Pentecostals, Nazarenes and the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
The Philippines also boasts the largest Christian church in the whole of Asia, which is known as the Iglesia ni Cristo and can be found in Manila. Protestant places of worship can be recognised instantly as they feature tall dramatically pointed spires, which pierce the sky.
Other religions in the Philippines
Around four per cent of people in the Philippines follow the Muslim faith, which is mostly concentrated in areas of the country such as the islands of Sulu, Mindanao and Palawan. Some of the people who live in isolated mountainous regions of the country follow religions such as Sikhism and Hinduism, while the country’s tiny Chinese population tend to practice religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.