Anton’s mother is Filipino and her parents had raised her to be a Catholic due to the cultural and religious beliefs of the Philippines during their time.
Anton’s father is half Filipino and half Spanish (through his paternal side). Both his parents taught his father to be a Catholic – especially his grandfather because his grandfather came from Barcelona, Spain (where the cultural belief was strictly Catholicism)
At the age of 1, Anton had celebrated his baptism.
At the age of 6, Anton had celebrated his first communion ★ .
From ages 6 to 13, Anton had attended Sunday Catechism Classes with his peers, such as Mikel. These Catechism classes would be conducted to teach children about the lessons of the bible.
★ Communion 1. The act or an instance of sharing, as of thoughts or feelings. 2. Religious or spiritual fellowship. 3. A body of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites; a denomination.
Anton has been educated at the International School of Manila (ISM) since the first grade. However, he went to school abroad during his fourth grade at New York, United States. He did not like studying there because he would suffer from being homesick and moved back to ISM in the fifth grade.
Education has not played a significant role in his religious background. However, the schools that Anton has attended have never preached any religion . In fact, they tend to question religion in classes such as Biology and World Religions.
Most of Anton’s best friends have been friends with him for 10 or more years and have grown up in the same religious culture as he has in the Philippines. Today however, half of his friends remain Catholic while some have chosen to question the existence of God and have turned to become Atheists. Notably, his relationship with his friends have not been affected by their differing religious beliefs.
If I were in his shoe, and experienced his experiences, I would still remain Catholic. If I had two devout Catholic parents, I would probably be influenced by them from my childhood. Also, being baptised from the beginning would affect me a lot. In fact, baptism actually fixed my belief of the religion, too. Also, just like Anton, I have some friends who are theism, therefore I would be influenced by them and remain Catholic.