HomeThe PASCHR Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2020)

Religion, Society, and the Philippine Experience: An Overview

Emmanuel Franco Calairo



Religion, undoubtedly, is an important aspect of culture of every society. In the Philippines, it is part of the country’s historical development. Before the coming of the West, natives in the Philippines professed a belief system characterized by nature worship and animism. Then Islam, the first major religion came to the country via Malaysia and Indonesia. It was a well-developed religion which easily gained converts in southern Philippines.