Tagalog speaking Filipino in Malaysia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

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.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Filipino, Tagalog in Malaysia.

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People Name General Filipino, Tagalog
People Name in Country Filipino, Tagalog
Natural Name Tagalog speaking Filipino
Population this Country 484,000
Population all Countries 38,838,000
Total Countries 54
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Pilipino
People ID 15175
ROP3 Code 109692
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Primarily urban   Source:  Joshua Project
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Primarily urban.   Source:  Joshua Project
Primary Language Tagalog (484,000 speakers)
Language Code tgl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tagalog (484,000 speakers)
Language Code tgl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tagalog

Primary Language:  Tagalog

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1902-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1905-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Tagalog
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tagalog
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Khosrow
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
8.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
2.0 %
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
83.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Southeast Asia Link - SEALINK   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source Southeast Asia Link - SEALINK   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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