Christianity in Asia thrived even before the European arrival in the sixteenth century and spread in bits through ancient commercial sea routes. Suddenly the faith vanished, outmatched by formidable religions—Islam and Buddhism. Westerners tried their fortune in evangelizing the now hostile land. While European missionaries slowly began their excursions in few eastern regions, in a small humble island named Sugbu, Christianity would blaze its light in the continent. From a tiny village Christian community to a mother church, it witnessed festivities, struggles, devotion, and a vibrant culture.
Church of the Far East chronicles the genesis of Christianity in the Philippines through Cebu’s growth as a humble gathering into an archdiocese. The book also puts forward Cebu’s likely early pre-European Christian past, its influence to the Far East, and the different Eucharistic celebrations in the land that will serve as a historical primer for pilgrims from outside the Visayas.
J.K. Pangan is an author, graphic artist, and Catholic apologist. He is a diligent student of Philosophy, Theology, History, Scripture, among others. Church of the Far East is his first book on Church History. He resides in Cebu City, Philippines.