What is truly unique in Asia is that just over 80% of the Filipinos are Roman Catholic. The freedom of religion guaranteed in the constitution is also carried out in practice. Aside from the majority of Christians, there are also Muslims, Buddhists, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists or followers of natural religions.
Regardless of their religious affiliation, almost all Filipinos have one thing in common: a deep-rooted belief in superstition and miracle healing. These are the last remnants of the natural religions with their traditional rituals. That's why miracle healers, seemingly magical rituals, processions and religious festivals as well as the appearance of saintly images and figures of all origins can be found everywhere in the Philippines. Spiritual healers are also part of daily life here and are often visited as regularly as regular academically-trained health professionals. Miracle healers enjoy tremendous popularity in the Philippines .
Leading officials of the Roman Catholic Church do play an important role in political and daily life and respond primarily to moral issues, but although the church maintains a certain distrust of these practices, they yield to the self-proclaimed spiritual healers.
The hotelier Hans Böddicker himself observed these so-called miracle healings and since then has been a firm believer in the abilities of the miracle healers, especially healing with the hands.
Hans Böddicker said, “Several of my guests experienced this miracle. I was able to see the miracle healing myself.”