Is there Muslims in Philippines - curious

@riyauro (6428)
India
October 16, 2012 8:59am CST
Hi guys I have read many discussions from Philippines and I last one which read was say somethings about the bonus of Ramadan and bonus of Christmas in the office. So I was just curious if there are muslims there because I thought there were none. So what do you say?? Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
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@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Yes, there are a lot of Muslims here in the Philippines and if I am not mistaken they have their own region and that is in Mindanao the southernmost part of the Philippines.Here in the Northern part where I am living right now, there are so many Muslims also and most of them are traders or businessmen.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
Trust me this is new to me. i had no idea. So do they look like total phil look or the arab look. Do they have those chinky eyes and straight hair??
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Hard to believe that there are people in this world that doesn't know that there are muslims in our country. they are mostly traders but some of them sell fake products and second hand phones. but their are honest ones too. there's no strange thing having a lot moslems in the country knowing that they are one of our first ancesters and settlers to the country.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
yeah i don't know if i am the only one though. Letranknight, I come from FIJI islands and I did not know much about anything i this world. I never had a computer at home and no other gadgets. I am brought up hard because I am from very rural area. I was like toad in the well, trust me. At least now that I am in India after I had got scholarship to study here, I have come to know the world but not fully, still learning.
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
hi riya, There are lot of Moslems here and they are mostly in Mindanao I think they are in every part of the world happy mylotting
@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
Hey bhaby, don't laugh at me because I never thought that there would be Islam in phil. I am surprised. You can understand where I come from. FIJI is a small place and I am from the very remote area on the second largest Island. I did not have computer and nothing. I only knew the syllabus which was taught in school and I was good at it.
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
were not. we also don't know some other cultures in other countries, wow you're from Fiji? can you tell us more about your place? of course, I can search it in wikipedia but we want to know more from you personally.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
yeah FIJI is beautiful and i did not realize it till i went back after my student visa expired in India. I have been there throughout my life and I never knew that FIJI was jewel and what made people go WOW when they hear the name FIJI. I am from the second largest Island which called Vanua Levu. I have been brought in a family from farming background. I am 27 and When I look back my past, I think I have been there done that all. When all my cousins and I were kids we used to catch prawns and fish in the ponds and also used to help in the sugar cane fields.
@rsa101 (16718)
• Quezon City, Philippines
17 Oct 12
I am not aware of that Ramadan Bonus yet. Where did you get that news about Ramadan Bonus? Just curios. With regards to your query if there are Muslims here, the answer is an obvious yes. Most of them are in the Southern Island of Mindanao where the Spaniards were no able to totally conquer and convert the island into Christianity. But they are always a part of the Philippine Archipelago ever since.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
Oh there is this mylotter who said that their company is going to double bonus per year and that is one for Christmas and one for Ramadan, This is because their company was doing good and bosses were happy and declared this bonus. So that is where I could not get the point because I did not know that there are moslems in your country. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
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@rsa101 (16718)
• Quezon City, Philippines
17 Oct 12
Oh I see, I thought is was a national mandate from government that everybody will enjoy its benefit. Well I would enjoy having those benefits as well but I guess that is an exclusive benefit for that company alone and not applicable to every company in our country.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
yeah you got it right now. So if your company is happy with the performance then they should give bonus like this.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
We have brothers and sisters who are Muslims here in our country. They have their own region, but some of them prefer to live here in metropolitan cities for business purposes. We mingled with them- although there are part of the country wherein there are clashes going on between the Muslim (rebels) and militant group.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
I had no idea before someone put some discussion on Ramadan. I am happy to know this about your country..Want to know more and more and one day just sit in the air bus and reach there..
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
I have a distant cousin who married a Muslim girl. I have friends who are Muslims and they called me sister. From them I've learned that they called every Christians who become their friends brother or sister. You are most welcome to visit our country
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
That is so sweet of them to call brother and sister. I don't this is everywhere. ..
@keixjun (22)
16 Oct 12
Yes, there Muslims in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao island. 5% of the population of the Philippines are Muslims :)
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
I think 5% is quiet a lot. do they look like other Philippians, Like you..?? Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
If you're inquiring about the look - yes, they do look like Filipinos and other Malays. Just like some Indonesians and Malaysians. The only thing that you could distinguish them is the women have their head scarf. As for men, it can be difficult since many chose to adapt the modern clothing.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
Oh okay, I have never seen an indo or malay like people in scarf, It would be really new to me.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
Yup! There many muslims here in our country but they are different from other country. Our Brother, muslims here are educated and never want to implore any violence like what other muslims in other country... Our brothers here are well educated and peace loving people. We are Filipino's and we are brothers and sisters...
@riyauro (6428)
• India
19 Oct 12
I got the point. I like to see a different muslim because all i know about them is that they create violence and it is sad. I am glad to know about your country..Good example set. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Oh I see. Well, our muslim brother here in the Philippines, is not like the other muslim in some part of middle east and african countries. They are peace loving people... They might some muslim that rebel with the government but they are not using any kind of religious aspect to justify their acts. But now all of the concern issue's seems may resolve and hope everything goes well.
@meowchie (992)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
It's actually composed of many religions dear, but majority yeah Muslims and Christians. Phil has 3 major islands. The Luzon Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon,Visayas has majority of Christians. I am at Mindanao, but it's equal as I see it =) Thanks for asking ;)
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
okay, some good information. So you are 3 major islands, wow. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@meowchie (992)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
haha yes. 3 major group composed of 7000+ little islands. Oh,the numbers differs during high and low tide dear!:)))) thanks and enjoy your day too=D
@lady1993 (20692)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
yes, there are a lot of Muslims here in our country. They occupy almost all of Mindanao.. the lower island of the Philippines. I even have some Muslim neighbors.. And i hear them praying sometimes.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
19 Oct 12
wow that is great news. They are doing good and peaceful people. I like the way they pray. They do not miss out on it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Yes dear. There are a lot of Muslims all over the Philippines. In our city alone, we do have a town where Muslims are staying. As many has mentioned, most of the number of Muslim friends in the Philippines are in Mindanao, it's in the southern part of our country.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
19 Oct 12
so nice to know it. I am sure you all mix well like how we in Fiji do.. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@SIMPLYD (86490)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Yes, my friend there a lot of Muslims here in the Philippines. Most of them are in Mindanao though some are in Manila and other places in the Philippines. They also have their own religion and are being respected for that, that's why when the end of Ramadan comes, the president also declares it as a holiday, as a respect to our Muslim brothers.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
19 Oct 12
very good. We have a handful of muslims in Fiji and we also have eid holidays. It is wonderful to respect other religion and creates a better place to live in. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
17 Oct 12
Hi, Long before the Europeans came to these parts of the world, they are already settled among most of the islands, still unnamed. They came from down south, in Sabah and Malaysia on their beautifully decorated sailing boats. That's one reason for the claim on some parts of Mindanao, where their ancestors settled before being booted out by the Spaniards and other foreign powers thus the beginning of the conflict that went on until now. The way I see them, they are peaceful sorts, traders mostly, their wares varied and can be had at bargain prices. I do like them a lot.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
So nice. I never used to love history because I did not know much of other countries. Now since I am discussing here and lots of phil I meet here everyday makes me know phil and about the history as well. I am sure they are sweet. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Hi Riya! Well yes, we have lots of Muslim brothers/sisters here. As far as I can remember, Islam is the first religion in Philippines. Our first hero is a Muslim. Christianity is only brought by the Spaniards. Actually, this coming Oct. 26 is a national holiday, in respect to Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice celebrated by our Muslim brothers.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
19 Oct 12
Oh okay, Very nice. I am sure your country is doing good and people are together in unity.. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@aejey322 (1006)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Hi riyauro! nice new picture you have there! yes there are many muslims here in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. I am from Mindanao, but Davao City is not really a Muslim city. But we still have a lot of Muslim friends who live here. Most of them are engaged in businesses. But nearby cities like Cotabato is where they really are. and in the Northern part of Mindanao also... We also have an officemate here who is a Muslim and is a close friend of mine. But we never discuss anything about religion as we do respect each other's belief.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
Oh okay, I am really learning on this one. i can understand you not discussing the the religion. I would not do either. I was so curios to know if you had muslims because I did not expect it. i thought you might be having budhists more. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Yes there are a lot riyauro, particularly here in my area, i am from Mindanao - the southern most reason of our country. Here in my City Zamboanga, Muslims and Christians do live together quite well actually.. and i have friends who are muslims too.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
I really had no idea on this and it is good that I learn about your country because it will help me understand your culture which i can then relate to the discussions. Half the time I did not know what was happening. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
After reading the responses of some, I couldn't help but laugh at people's perspective of Muslims here in our country. Evidently, they know only of Muslims that are common in their area and perhaps generalize this to be the same all around the country while some think that the southern part of the country "belonged" to them. I really resent this. Anyway, to answer your question, yes there Muslims in our country as well as people of other religions or no religion at all, too, being that we are under democracy, with the rights to choose and practice our own belief as long as there is no violation of human rights.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
you are true but everyone has to say what they want to but I think they just trying to explain their best to me. I can understand what you are saying though but it is not a matter of judging them. thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead
16 Oct 12
well, yes. there are muslims indeed here in the Philippines. most of them are in the Southern part - Mindanao. although there are those who stay in the Central(visayas) and northern (Luzon) part, their concentration is in Mindanao. Muslims practice Ramadan, Christmas on the other hand, is for Christians.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
very nice, i like to learn about different countries and it is more well learning experience then just going to wiki and reading history. I am learning a lot here. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@pahak627 (4246)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
There are muslims in all parts of the Philippines. In christian areas they belong to the minority but there are also areas wherein they are considered as majority specially in autonomous region of muslim mindanao.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
Okay pahak, you won't believe me but it is true. some people might laugh at me too. when I was in my hometown I thought that Pakistan was the only Moslem country. If I chat to somebody with a moslem name, I would ask him if he was from Pakistan., Then i would say that they are from India and then i would ask them ' how come you are muslim and you are from India. India is having Hindus and Pakistan having Muslims and the rest of the world is Christians' Gosh, when I came to India for studies, while I was in the line doing admission in the college. I was in the foreigners department and I saw that there so many students in line for admission and the girls are wearing that moslem costume. I stated communicating with them and then I asked where they were from. My goodness they were so many students from Yemen, saudi, Iraq, Iran and so many other places. I had not heard these names before. I never took geography, i was science student and i was never interested in the geography and history. so yeah, then I came to know that so many people are moslems in the world. But i did not expect phil to have them because it was just I never thought it would.
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Yes! There are a lot of Muslim people here in the Philippines! :)
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
cool, i had no idea toxic. good to know about your country. Thanks for sharing andn have a wonderful day ahead.
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Hello Riyauro, With the Arrival of Malaya's and Indo's to the Philippines long ago, they were the ones who promoted Moslem region in the Southern part of the country. in fact, the reason why they were rebelling for decades was because they used to dominate Mindanao. the moslems were the reason for a failed complete take over of the Spanish, Americans and the Japanese to the whole country. but their lack of ideas for business has forced them to sell their lands to non moslems and now they are on the struggle to be known as a political entity. Moslems were one of the first settlers of the country.
@riyauro (6428)
• India
16 Oct 12
oh some good information. appreciated. i was seriously lost about this. I was not expecting moslems but buddists. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Yes. There are a lot of Muslims here in Philippines. Just here in my province, there are a few Muslims near my place. They live in one place. Philippines honor the Ramadan so Filipinos, muslim or not don't have to go to work and students need not go to their school to give way to muslim's beliefs.
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@riyauro (6428)
• India
17 Oct 12
That is nice and even in Fiji we do have eid holidays. I don't really know if eid and Ramadan are same. .. Very good. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.