They were among the first batch of 108 people detained under preventive security laws following attacks against Malaysian security forces.
On Wednesday, the eight, aged between 17 and 66, were charged at a temporary Magistrate's Court in the Lahad Datu district police headquarters.
Each of the Filipinos was charged under Section 130 KA of the Penal Code with launching terrorism acts and waging war under Section 121 of the Penal Code.
Section 130 KA provides for a jail term of up to 30 years while Section 121 provides for the death penalty upon conviction.
The case was transferred to the High Court here for hearing following an application by the prosecution.
The names of those charged were not made available.