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Filipino, Tagalog in Malaysia

Filipino, Tagalog

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
471,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.00 %   

Filipino, Tagalog in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The Filipinos are people from the Philippines and constitute one of the largest migrant groups in all of Malaysia. They reside both in Peninsular and East Malaysia, predominantly living in the urban areas. Due to the poor economic situation of their country, they entered Malaysia hoping to be able to earn sufficiently to provide basic necessities for their families back home and to have a better life.

Since they came from different parts of the Philippines, they speak different dialects. Even for those who have obtained Malaysian citizenship, they still speak their own dialect whenever they meet someone of the same people group. The most common dialect is Tagalog, the Philippine national language.

What are their lives like?
The Filipinos are involved in various occupations. The majority of them work as contract workers in different parts of Malaysia but some have settled in and married the locals. Those who have obtained Malaysian citizenship are able to work in the private sector and are often involved in trading. Migrant workers are mostly factory workers, domestic helpers, entertainers, teachers or professors in schools and universities, furniture makers, construction workers, and professionals in medical or engineering field. Divorce is common among the migrant workers since they are separated from their families for a long time. Most of them have not been legally divorced in the Philippines. But there are those who have remained faithful to their spouses back home.

Most of the Filipinos are warm and friendly. They are mostly open towards each other, willing to share their problems and worries.

During their free time or day-off, those who have friends often meet in certain places such as churches, rented houses, or in some recreational areas. They love to chat, talk about the latest news or gossip, cook traditional food, and eat together.

What are their beliefs?
Many Filipinos are Roman Catholics with a mixture of animistic beliefs. Many of them are considered Roman Catholics at birth and therefore only follow the customs and traditions they learn. Some of these customs include attending the Catholic mass and reciting the rosary (prayer to the Virgin Mary using a beaded-type of necklace). They also believe in holy objects such as holy water (water blessed by the priest), praying to images or pictures of Jesus and Mary. The Catholics worship the Virgin Mary as a divine being who could intercede for their personal needs to Jesus. Moreover, they believe that touching certain images will bring them blessings. Finally, they believe in and venerate people who are now dead and have reached "sainthood."

What are their needs?
Pray that local believers will help meet the needs of the unemployed Filipinos. Pray that those who are without work will turn to the Truth for help. Pray that God will raise up teachers for the Filipino children who are not able to go to school to get proper education.

Pray for those Filipinos who have come to be believers grow into leaders that share the good news to their family and friends in Malaysia and in the Philippines.

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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:40 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Primarily urban
(Source: Joshua Project)
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People Name in Country: Filipino, Tagalog
People Name General: Filipino, Tagalog
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109692
Joshua Project People ID: 15175
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 471,000
Population all Countries: 37,887,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Central
People Name General: Filipino, Tagalog
Ethnic Code: MSY44o
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tagalog (471,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tgl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity92.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam6.00 % 
Non-Religious1.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent8.00 %
Protestant7.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian2.00 %
Roman Catholic83.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1898-1991
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1905
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Tagalog
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tagalog
Film / VideoMore Than Dreams-Ali
Film / VideoMore Than Dreams-Khosrow
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Ang Biblia
Text / Printed MatterBible: Magandang Balita Bible (Revised)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Tagalog Contemporary Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Tagalog Meaning-Based Bible (2005 ...
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Filipino, Tagalog in Malaysia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Filipino, Central     Asia, Southeast    
      Filipino, Tagalog Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Filipino, Tagalog in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Tagalog  
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