If you are a devout Christian man looking forward to dating and marrying a Christian Filipino woman, you might be wondering what type of Christians Filipinos are.
On the other hand, if you don’t subscribe to any religion, you might be hoping that Filipino women are not as devout in their religion as they profess to be.
If you’re a man on either side of the coin, just know that although over 90% of Filipinos are Catholics, not all of them are as Catholic as they should be.
There are roughly two types of Catholics in the Philippines, the Sunday Catholics and the renewed Charismatic Catholics.
Sunday Catholics are basically lukewarm Christians who feel more duty-bound than anything else to go to Mass every Sunday. Catholic Filipino women learn the Bible from attending Catholic school and yes, they do commit pre-marital sex with their lovers.
On the other hand, the Charismatic Catholics are the more fervent types, with a firm belief in the gifts of the Holy Spirit (like the gift of tongues), and do worship aside from going to Mass on Sundays.
Easily, the most popular Catholic Charismatic group is the El Shaddai Movement, with an estimated membership of three to seven million Filipino women and men.
Aside from the Catholic Christians, there are other Christian denominations in the Philippines that are also worth mentioning like the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).
While it only has one million members, the INC is regarded as a strong local religion. During presidential elections, candidates often seek out the endorsement of the INC leadership – it is said that church members vote as one solid block.
It started in 1913, during the early years of the American occupation. The church doesn't believe in one God, and doesn't believe in the Holy Trinity, although they recognize Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in their teachings.
It must be said that while most Filipinas are Christians, their heartfelt convictions about their faith depends on their own experiences with their Church.
One thing though, just when you’re looking at profiles of Filipino women at Philippine dating sites, don’t put too much into it if she says, “God bless,” or something to that effect in her profile. Most likely, she’s just trying to come off as a good person, more than anything else.
Similarly, just because she’s posted a profile at a Christian Filipino dating site, it doesn’t mean that she truly believes what she professes in her profile.
If you really want to know how deep her faith runs, ask probing, open-ended questions - rather than yes-or-no questions - during your conversation.