Krishnamurti: Its Impact on Major Philippine Religions
by Dr. Arturo M. Perez
The Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia. About 92% of
Filipinos embrace Christianity (87% Roman Catholics; 7% Protestants).
Christian Missionaries remain very active to this day—be they Mormons,
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonites, Baptists, or Presbyterians. Two
independent Filipino churches have attracted substantial numbers of
adherents, totaling about 6% of the population: Iglesia Filipina
Independiente (founded in 1902) and the Iglesia ni Kristo (in 1914).
The country has many other sects, cults, and revivalist movements
(there are an estimated 350 of such religious organizations registered
at The National Council of Churches in the Philippines). Other major
religions in the Philippines include Islam, Buddhism & Taoism, and
indigenous beliefs (animism). About 5% of the country’s population are
Moslems. Manila and Cebu have significant numbers of devotees to
Buddhism and Taoism. Buddhism in the Philippines has blended to some
extent with Catholicism. Beneath the veneer of dominant Christianity,
however, strong animist beliefs and customs continue to lurk—a
phenomenon known as folk Catholicism. Enter J. Krishnamurti. His
masterly descriptions of the inner workings of the mind appeal to
Filipinos who turn to faith in times of trouble. The Krishnamurti
Center of the Philippines, The Krishnamurti Committee of the
Phlippines, and The Krishnamurti Publishing Company maintain a regular
cable TV and radio program airing Krishnamurti’s talks and dialogues.
Since 1970 we have an estimated 100,00 Filipinos who have been
inquiring about K’s approach to life.
Dr. Arturo Perez is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Philosophy, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of
the Philippines. For the last 17 years, he has probably lectured in all
mainstream disciplines of Philosophy. He has a number of journal
publications, both local and international, along the lines of
Phenomenology and Existentialism. At the turn of the millennium,
somewhat like following the drift of the so-called “spiritual turn” in
Philosophy led his interest to Jiddu Krishnamurti’s approach to Life.
Date and venue:June 3, 2005, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)
Please feel free to give us a call at the Center for more information.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Center for Philippine Studies
at 956-6086, fax 956-2682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries, please
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