But animism's influence pervade daily life and practice of the colonial religions that took root in the Philippines.Variations of animistic practices occur in different ethnic groups. Its practitioners were highly respected (and some feared) in the community, as they were healers, midwives (hilot), shamans, witches and warlocks (mangkukulam), priests/priestesses (babaylan/katalonan), tribal historians and wizened elders that provided the spiritual and traditional life of the community.In the Visayan regions, shamanistic and animistic beliefs in witchcraft (barang) and mythical creatures like aswang (vampires), duwende (dwarves), and bakonawa (a gigantic sea serpent), may exist in some indigenous peoples alongside more mainstream Christian and Islamic faiths.At least 92% of the population is Christian: about 81% belong to the Roman Catholic Church while about 11% belong to Protestant Christian denominations, such as Seventh-day Adventist Church, United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Evangelicals.Officially, the Philippines is a secular nation, with the Constitution guaranteeing separation of church and state, and requiring government to respect all religious beliefs equally.Spanish missionaries during the 16th century arrived in the Philippines noting about warrior priestesses leading tribal spiritual affairs. Although suppressed, these matriarchal tendencies run deep in Filipino society and can still be seen in the strong leadership roles modern Filipino women are assuming in business, politics, academia, the arts and in religious institutions.Nominally animists constitute about one percent of the population.During pre-colonial times, a form of animism was widely practiced in the Philippines.
Animism, folk religion, and shamanism remain present as undercurrents of mainstream religion, through the albularyo, the babaylan, and the manghihilot.
Buddhism is practiced by 2% of the populations by the Japanese people community, Japanese Filipino community, More than 10% of the population is non-religious, with the percentage of non-religious people overlapping with various faiths, as the vast majority of the non-religious select a religion in the Census for nominal purposes.
According to national religious surveys, about 5.6% of the population of the Philippines is Muslim, making Islam the second largest religion in the country.
However, the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) disputes this and claims the adherence of about 11% of the total population. These religions are often syncretized with Christianity and Islam.
These are a collection of beliefs and cultural mores anchored more or less in the idea that the world is inhabited by spirits and supernatural entities, both good and bad, and that respect be accorded to them through nature worship.These spirits all around nature are known as "diwatas", showing cultural relationship with Hinduism (Devatas).