Pagsanjan / Cavinti / Luisiana, Laguna, the Philippines
March 27, 2010
An alien in your own land – that’s how it feels being non-Catholic in a predominantly Catholic country. The Philippines, erstwhile colony of Spain, takes pride in being the only Christian (specifically, Catholic) country in Asia – that’s how our culture is more akin to Latin American than Asian. But I was raised a Baptist, a Protestant denomination. I grew up insulated from the rituals and superstitions of the Catholic faith. I have never subscribed to many Filipino traditions because they are, in fact, Catholic traditions; my being a non-traditional Filipino is not iconoclastic but doctrinal.