When the Spanish Conquistador Magellan circumnavigated the globe and “found” an archipelagic group of islands which he renamed Philippines (in honor of King Philip of Spain) and claimed as a colony of Spain in Yr1521, he determined the Philippines already inhabited by using civilized settlers (viewed as a mix race of Malay inventory intermingled with Aborigines having originated from Mainland Asia centuries in advance) – and ruled through fiercely impartial small Kingdoms getting to their very own respective Subjects. Ancestors of the existing-day multi-racial Filipino were determined to pay homage to “MotherNature” as the Origin-of-Life.
The Spanish Colonization of the Philippines changed into stated to be for God, Gold, & Glory. Alongside the conquest and consolidation of small Principalities into one Central Government, Spanish Friars have been likewise competitive inside the propagation of the Christian Catholic Faith. Since then, the majority of Filipinos have baptized Roman Catholics – nominally, at least.
Despite the presence of a Muslim Minority, Christianity had (and continues to have) a dominant effect upon Philippine Society. And its Christian Mores have been inculcated into the Filipino Culture. Consequent to Spanish Colonization, many Philippine Towns & Cities have been named after Catholic Saints and have been celebrating their own annual Fiestas at the Feast Day of their respective Patron Saint. Christmas Day is celebrated through all as “Family Reunion Day” – despite distance and condition. Christmas Holidays within the Philippine Independence Day is discovered to be the longest “Gift-Giving Season” in the global. On the other hand, the Lenten Season (most solemnly discovered throughout Holy Week and peaking up joyfully on Easter Sunday) is visible as a period of Spiritual Cleansing & Renewal for the Christian Faithful.
Catholic Parish Churches (all during u . S . A .) welcome all “People-of-Goodwill” in pious disposition to enter those Houses-of-Prayer – without an Entrance Fee. Eucharistic Mass is widely known every day in all Catholic Churches – open to all. Despite the Constitutional Provision on the Separation of Church & State, the Philippines’ People Power changed into said to have Divine Intervention – in response to the call of the Catholic Bishops for the Filipino People to collectively explicit their Sovereign Will.