Philippine Independent Church

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The Philippine Independent Church, locally known as the Aglipayan Church, is the second largest Christian congregation in the Philippines. The church was founded by Catholic priests who had been excommunicated for protesting against racial discrimination, exploitation and oppression by the Roman Catholic church during the Spanish colonization.



On 3 August 1902, Father Gregorio Aglipay publicly proclaimed the birth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church).

Aglipay was the founding father of the church together with Isabelo de los Reyes. He was also its first head or Obispo Maximo from 1902 to 1940. Thus, the church also became known as the Aglipayan Church.

Sectoral Organizations


  • Supreme Council Of Bishops
  • Council Of Priests
  • National Lay Council




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