Baptist International Missions, Inc.

Philippines - Far East

The population of the archipelago of 7,100 islands called the Philippines has grown to 75 million. Philippines

Religion: Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)

Population: 107,668,231

Capital: Manila

Language: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official)

Note: eight major dialects — Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan

Nationality: Filipino

Major urban areas: Manila 11.9 million; Davao 1.6 million; Cebu City 855,000; Zamboanga 884,000

Note: cities of Metro Manila – Quezon 2.76 million; Manila 1.65 million; Caloocan 1.5 million; Taguig 695,793; Pasig 669,773; Paranãque 588,126; Valenzuela 605,379; Las Pin˜as 552,573; Makati 476,719; Muntinlupa 459,941; Marikina 424,150; Pasay 392,869; Malabon 353,337; Mandaluyong 328,699; Navotas 249,131; San Juan 121,430

Time difference: 13 hours ahead of EST @ Standard Time

Ethnic groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3%

Government type: Republic

Literacy rate: 95.4%

Prayer Needs & Opportunities
• Missionaries are needed for Manila, Cebu, Luzon, Mindoro, Palawan, Negros, Bohol, and many other places such as the cities of Metro Manila.
• A great harvest of souls is waiting for anyone willing to go.
• Daily ministry can be done in schools, colleges, prisons, and homes. Even unsaved families will invite you into their homes, gather their family and let you preach the Word.
• We are praying for 10 families to help us reach the Philippines.

Summary of Philippines

Often ignored by potential visitors because it's on the less traveled east side of the South China Sea, the Philippines is a beautiful country with much to offer. South of Taiwan and east of Vietnam, the world's second largest chain of islands boasts a tropical climate with coral-fringed coasts and volcanic mountains. The influence of four hundred years of Spanish and more recently American rule in the Philippines can be seen in its architecture, governmental structure, and religion. It is the only Christian nation in Asia and has the third largest English-speaking population in the world.

Once the second richest country in Asia behind Japan, political instability and poor economic decisions by Filipino leaders over the years have transformed the nation into one of Asia's poorest. Roughly one third of the population lives in poverty. The gap between the wealthiest two percent and the nation's poor is a wide one. The representative democratic government has made some progress in improving the economy, and it is helped considerably by the four to five million Filipinos, nearly five percent of the population, who work overseas and send home billions of dollars. For several decades, the Filipino government has fought against the Moro National Liberation Front from the southern island of Mindanao and the communist New People's Army, with active members found throughout the country. No lasting peace has been made with either group.

The Spanish brought Roman Catholicism to the Philippines in the early sixteenth century. Centuries later, Christianity in the Philippines is widespread, with over 90 percent of the population having Christian beliefs. Most Filipinos are Roman Catholic and the church and its leaders exercise a powerful influence on politics and daily life. The smaller, but strong, five percent Muslims are generally in the southern islands, where they seek to consolidate four Philippine provinces as a separate Islamic state. Filipino churches…are training and sending missionaries around the world.

(Used with permission from
((Statistical information taken from CIA World Factbook))

Far East Director

David & Jenny Harris

Read more about the Harris family.
Cell: 770-656-4917
He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050 ex. 2402.

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