The origin of Catholicism in the Philippines dates back in 1521 when Fernando de Magallanes landed in Cebu. Although, Christianity has already been in the country years before when Arab Christian traders came to do business.
1. Philippines has the third largest Catholic population in the world. Roughly, there are about 81 million Catholics in the Philippines, third behind Brazil (first) and Mexico (second).
2. Pope Francis popularity in the Philippines.
– 95% of Filipino Catholics view the pope favorably.
– 56% of all Filipinos view the pope very favorably.
3. Lorenzo Ruiz is the First Filipino saint. Originally from Binondo, Manila. He was martyred in Nagasaki, Japan on September 29, 1637.
4. 85.5% of Filipinos are Christians.
– 80.1% Roman Catholic
– 1.8% Evangelical
– 0.7% Iglesia ni Cristo
– 1.1% Aglipayan
– 2.2% other Christian denominations (Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican, Methodist, and Seventh Day Adventist)
5. Philippine Independent Church or the Aglipayan Church is basically a Catholic Church but no longer under the Roman Catholic since 1902.
6. The Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. The basilica was finished on 1565 under Frays Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Diego de Herrera, O.S.A