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The Most Distinctive Characteristics of Filipinos

The Filipinos are truly unique and diverse people. Their quality traits made them recognizable and distinct compared to other races. They are the people of over 170 dialects, with 35 identified religious groups, and variety of artistic culture. To sum it all, the greatest attributes of the Filipino people are their talents and positive yet easy going attitude in dealing with every situation and their artistic social and cultural strengths.

Filipina performing Cultural Dance to entertain visitors in a beach resort in Palawan, Philippines

The way they act, think, perceive and feel is really unique.  Among others, the following are some of their behavior and practices:

Religiosity or Spirituality

According to many, the Philippines, is the only Christian nation in Asia.  The quality or condition of their being spiritual is intense compared to believers of other religious groups in other countries, all over the world.  Their belief in a Supreme Being inspires them to go on with life despite all sufferings and trials to the extent of being fooled by unscrupulous religious leaders.  They don’t lose hope instead they find solace with their religion.  Thus, most often many of them become victims of leaders of false religions whose only objective is to build an empire of moneyed people to help them amass great wealth.

In fact, there are at least 35 identified active religious groups in the country, (excluding other small emerging groups) such, are the:  1) Roman Catholic (the most in numbers); 2) Many Other Christian Denominations; 3)  Islamic or Muslim; 4) Protestants; 5) Indigenous Religions; 6) Chinese; 7) Members Church of God International (MCGI) popularly known as the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) – believed to be the only true Christian Church that religiously follow true Christian faith in the Bible; 8) Atheists;  9) El Shaddai; 10) Church of the Nazarene; 11)  Church of Jesus Christs and the Latter Day Saints; 12)  Seventh-Day Adventists; 13)  Philippine Episcopal Church;  14)  Evangelical;  15)  Buddhists;  16)  Mennonites;  17)  Hindu;  18)  United Church of Christ in the Philippines;  19)  Baptist World Alliance;  20)  Judaism;  21)  Worldwide Church of God;  22)  Methodist;  23)  Iglesia ng Dios Kay Cristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay;  24)  Jehovah’s Witnesses;  25)  Unitarian;  26)  Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo;  27)  Assemblies of God;  28)  Rizalistas;  29)  Lutheran Church in the Philippines;  30)  God World Missions Church;  31)  Presbyterian;  32)  Mount Banahaw Holy Confederation;  33)  Aglipayan;  34)  Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA); and 35)  Satanists.

Such, is a proof that these religious groups thrive in the Philippines because many Filipinos join them.  That’s why founders/leaders of these groups easily get what they want from their prey enriching themselves at the expense of the faithful Filipinos.

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  1. qasimdharamsy

    On January 9, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Great Article….

  2. cobaltinee

    On January 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Be proud to be pinoy.

  3. sol

    On January 12, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Pardon my frankness but the rituals of misguided Catholic devotees in the country Philippines to the so-called “Black Nazarene” is nothing but a demonstration of misplaced fanaticism that seems to boil down to downright stupidity. The following article from a sensible commentator drives home that point:

    DIE HARD IIIHerman Tiu Laurel01/11/2010 Eleven days of our brand new 365 days of year 2010 have passed and instead of getting better, things are getting worse each day. Foremost of the deterioration situation is the rot of the Filipino mind. This is perfectly illustrated by a mainstream news headline: “Disasters doubles devotees,” referring to the Black Nazarene procession Friday.

    The hordes flocking to the Quirino Grandstand looked so much larger than yesteryears. By the end of the day early Internet headlines declared two dead and 50 injured in the disastrous crush. This “disaster” is now on top of the financial-economic crash, the “Ondoy” devastation, and certainly the Maguindanao massacre among many others.

    It seems that the Filipino mind has gone back another century to the Dark Ages of superstition and ignorance. Are there progressive, truthful and concerned priests and Catholics who can help the dispel the notion that idolatry and iconic images, considered blasphemy in other Christian sects and in Islam, can solve real world problems of the economy, storms, or anguishing personal problems?

    The Black Nazarene was brought in from Mexico by Augustinian Recolletos missionaries on May 31, 1606. I assume they’ve been having the processions for it since that time. If it were true that it solves problems then the Philippines, after four hundred years of processions to it, should be the most progressive nation in the world today.

    Would the late scientist-Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin countenance such voodoo Christianity if he were here today? The Catholic hierarchy is undoubtedly promoting primitive superstition by continuing these processions, supported by two Vatican popes no less.

  4. CEMANES Writes

    On January 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks gasimdharamsy, cobaltinee and Sol,

    To God be the Glory!

    I agree with you, Sol. Indeed, many Filipinos these days are starting to realize it. I thank God, we have Bro. Eli Soriano who unceasingly and bravely exposes these rituals and catholic malpractices to the extent of losing his life and freedom of abode.

    I believe too, that we need people like you who could help too in the spreading these truth.

    ‘Til next…

  5. jaazlee

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

    tang ina walang kwentang google hindi ko mahanap yung dapat kong hanapin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,amfff

    by….jazlee guban

  6. CEMANES Writes

    On September 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    jaazlee guban,

    Kindly consider the feelings of others. If you’re upset with your day, keep it to yourself and pray for God’s enlightenment or seek the help of others.

    Pls. don’t mess up the works of others. This is just a humble request from me. Thanks and may God help you.

  7. janine labrador

    On September 30, 2010 at 4:52 am


  8. Ann

    On June 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love what you wrote. Faith gives hope to Filipinos. Whatever name we knew/call our Supreme being is acknowledging that there is SomeOne out there Almighty.

    Those who were fooled by religious leaders experienced same foolishness done by other non-religious leaders/people(work, politics, parents,gf/bf, business, etc).

    I appreciate God’s given “Free Will” wherein it’s up to me to choose which road to take as long as I have clean/true intentions. And from time to time I can check myself if I’ve done it accdg to guidelines in the commandments. And when I realized I am fooled or used… It’s good to take necessary actions.

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