Philippines Cauayan Mission

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Snapshot of the Philippines – English and Tagalog (also known as Filipino) are the two official languages of the Philippines, though there are several other major regional languages, most notably Cebuano (spoken in the Central Visayas region), Ilokano (spoken in northern Luzon), and Hiligaynon (spoken in the western Visayas and Mindanao). About 90% of the population in the Philippines is Christian, with the vast majority belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. However, a few southern areas, including the Sulu Archipelago, have a primarily Muslim population. Philippine culture is influenced by Malay, Spanish, and American cultures. Events such as barrio fiestas (neighborhood festivals) are common events featuring music, food, and dancing. The use of English as an official language has helped make many American trends popular in the Philippines as well, such as fast food, rock and hip hop music, and films. Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines, though boxing, soccer, and volleyball are also popular. The Philippine martial art style Arnis is considered the national martial art. Eating out and regular snacks between main meals are popular in the Philippines. Rice is one of the staple foods in the Philippine. Corn, adobo (meat stew using pork or chicken), meat and vegetable rolls, seafood, empanadas, and several varieties of fruit and vegetable are also commonly eaten. Roasted pig is often served as the main course for festivals and special occasions.

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The Church

The Philippines has 675,166 church members, 17 missions and 2 temples.

The church in the Cauayan mission has 5 stakes. Retention is generally low in the Philippines, so missionaries focus a lot on teaching less-active and inactive members.


Missionaries typically find the food to be delicious. The most common food is rice, which you will have for almost every meal with some meat or sometimes vegetables placed on top. The people also like hot drinks (Milo) and noodles.


Transportation is really easy to use. Along the main highway, there are buses and vans. For shorter distances jeepneys (jeeps converted with benches) and trycies (motorcyles with side cars attached) are used.


“I never felt threatened or unsafe on my mission.”

People generally watch out for each other in the Philippines. THere are some rebel groups in areas that missionaries should avoid, but missionaries rarely encounter problems.


Every October 31 and November 1, the local people deceased family members by going to the cemetery. They also love Christmas and begin celebrating and counting down to it from September 1.

Local Lingo

The national languages are English and Filipino although there are many different dialects. The most prominent in the Cauayan mission is llokano, followed by Ibanag and Itawis.

Essential Equipment

All equipment you need is given to you in the mission or can be bought in the mission field. It is hot in the Philippines so pack light.

Additional Info

The mail system works fine but takes a long time for both letters and packages. Send packages far in advance.

Flag of Philippines Cauayan Mission


President George R. Rahlf

78 Burgos St. District 3

Cauayan City, 3305 Isabela


French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)
Cauayan: 125,148; Tuguergarao: 129,539; LLagan: 135,174; Santiago: 132, 804
Catholic church, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Protestantism, Islam
Tropical savanna or rainforest. It is very humid with high temperatures.
Cauayan, Tuguergarao, LLagan, Santiago


What items were hard to get or not available?

“Most of the necessary items for daily life were available, especially close to cities. The only thing hard to get was familiar food.

What did you eat the most of?


What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Depends on who you ask. I ate blood, worms, cockroaches, cow intestine…”

What was most surprising about the culture?

“How relaxed the people were about everything; their poverty level, education, the church etc..”

What advice would you give to someone going to the Philippines Cauayan Mission?

“Embrace the people and their culture as something you can learn from and love.”

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I had known more about how to embrace anybody and everything as unique and somebody or something that God had made as was their to bless.”