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Encyclopedia of Philippine Religion and Beliefs
Take a deeper look at the people, events, and places
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A useful way to understand religions is to place them side by side. Explore their scriptures, founders, places and ways of worship and paths to salvation...
originated in Mecca, an Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia, with the Prophet Muhammad. Islam means “unreserved submission to Allah
.” Followers of Islam, known as Muslims, consider Allah as the only God. There are five simple but essential observances that all practicing Muslims accept and follow. These “Pillars of Islam” represent the core that unites all Muslims.
A Muslim is one who testifies “La illaha ilallah Muhammadan Rasulullah (There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah).” This declaration is known as the “shahada” (witness, testimony). By making this simple proclamation, one becomes a Muslim.
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San Agustín Church is the oldest existing church in the Philippines. It is an essential tourist destination in Manila for those who are interested in Philippine history and culture.
The present structure is actually the third to stand on the site. It has 14 side chapels and a trompe-l'oeil ceiling. Up in the choir loft are the hand-carved 17th-century seats made of molave, a beautiful tropical hardwood.
The San Agustín Church lies inside the walled city of Intramuros located in the capital city Manila. It is the first European stone church to be built in the Philippines designed in Spanish architectural structure. It also houses the legacies of the Spanish conquistadores, Miguel López de Legazpi, Juan de Salcedo and Martín de Goiti who are buried in a tomb underneath the church.
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