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The Philippines has 87 million Christians, making it the fifth-largest population of Christians in the world. Situated between Taiwan and Malaysia, and between the Pacific and the South China Sea, with its 330 years of colonization by Catholic Spain overlaying a history of traditional religion, this nation of over 7,000 islands was singularly positioned in the region for a baptism of the Holy Spirit.

When the United States assumed control of the Philippines from Spain in 1898, the country was opened up to Protestantism. Pentecostalism in the Philippines was …

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King, Johnny, “Philippines”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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