The president declared martial law in under the pretenses of countering an insurgency and the rise of Communists—justifications later found to be fabricated. After Magellan, the Spanish later sent the explorer Legaspi to the Philippines, and he conquered a Muslim Filipino settlement in Manila in Despite vocal resistance from the clergy, nearly three-fourths of Filipinos favored the legislation, and the law was enacted in Christianity in the Philippines Today : Christianity in the Philippines today, unlike during the Spanish period, is a mixture of nationalistic efforts by local peoples to 'Filipinize' Roman Catholicism and the efforts of a variety of Protestant missionizing successes.
Church leaders also taught catechisms—translated into vernacular languages—to young people. In the first half, or years of Spanish rule, friars often supported the plight of local peoples over the abuses of the Spanish military.
These groups range from the Colorums of the s and s to the sophisticated P. But by and large, the faith thrives today because Filipinos appropriated Catholicism to make it their own religion.
Not all natives embraced the religion wholesale. As historian Samuel Tan notes, the goals of the Spanish regime in the Philippines could be summarized as: God, glory, and gold.
Spain introduced Christianity to the Philippines in with the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.