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Palace lists down 2021 holidays

Look: UPDATED LIST Feb 26, 2021: The President declares All Souls' Day, Christmas Eve, and the last day of the year as 'special working days'

With most vacation plans for this year foiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, families and friends may now start planning their vacations for next year - should the health situation improve - as Malacañang released the list of holidays for the year 2021.

Robredo hits gov't for scrapping 3 holidays in 2021
Feb 28, 2021
Vice President Leni Robredo scores the Duterte government for declaring All Souls' Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve as 'special working days'

Hontiveros says cancelled holidays disastrous to workers, urges Duterte to recall order
March 1, 2021 Mario Casayuran
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday warned the Duterte administration that making November 2, December 24 and 31 as “special working holidays” would cut the take-home pay of thousands of workers.

Palace urged to reverse Duterte proclamation on making Nov. 2, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 ‘special working holidays’
Christia Marie Ramos March 01, 2021
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called on Malacañang to reconsider and withdraw a decision making November 2, December 24 and 31 “special working holidays.”

500 years of Christianity

Philippine Church releases logo for 500 years of Christianity
23 September 2019

Christianity was brought to the Philippines in 1521 when the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, landed there, heading a Spanish expedition in his bid to reach the East Indies, sailing west.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has released the official theme and logo for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country which will be marked in 2021

Marking Christianity's 5th centenary in the Philippines is not just an ecclesial celebration, but also a celebration of who we are as a people and nation
A government leader can regard this as purely a celebration for the Catholic Church which does not concern the State. After all, there is a constitutional separation of the Church and State.

Pope Francis to grant indulgence to church pilgrims
Philippine Daily Inquirer March 06, 2021
In line with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who make a pilgrimage to at least one of the jubilee churches.

Prelate says Mass of Pope Francis in the Vatican for 500 YOC in PH shows his deep affection for the country
March 5, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
For Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, the Mass of Pope Francis in the Vatican for the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines shows his “deep affection” to the country.

Pope grants plenary indulgence for 500th year of Christianity in PH
March 5, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis has issued a decree granting a jubilee year with the inherent plenary indulgence for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

Pope grants indulgence to visitors of 500 Jubilee Churches in Philippines
Mar 4, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Pope Francis is granting a plenary indulgence to Filipinos visiting any of 500 Jubilee Churches to mark 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines this 2021, the Vatican announced.
In Catholic belief, an indulgence is a special blessing that removes God's punishment for sins that have already been forgiven. When an indulgence is "plenary," it involves the total removal of punishment, as opposed to a partial indulgence.

Pope Francis to lead Vatican Mass for 500 years of Christianity in PH
Mar 3, 2021 Jezreel Ines
'Join us in Rome to pray, praise, and thank God for his gift of the Christian faith,' says Father Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome
Pope Francis will lead a Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica on March 14 for the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, said Scalabrinian priest Father Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome.

Pope Francis declares special Jubilee Year in Cebu for quincentennial
Mar 2, 2021 Ryan Macasero
Cebu's celebration of 500 years of Christianity begins on April 4
Pope Francis on Monday evening, March 1 Philippine time, granted a request by the Archdiocese of Cebu declaring a Special Jubilee Year in Cebu for the quincentennial celebration of Christianity.

The Video in the album 500 years of Christianity: Pope Francis, binigyang basbas ang Cebu Archdiocesena nagdedeklara Special Jubilee Year
Mar 2, 2021 ABS-CBN News
Binigyang basbas ni Pope Francis ang Archdiocese na magdeklarang Special Jubilee Year simula ngayong taon hanggang 2022. Ito ay dahil sa selebrasyon ng ika-500taong selebrasyon ng Kristiyaniso sa Pilipinas.

Cebu Basilica church, Santo Niño image to be declared ‘National Cultural Treasures’
February 9, 2021 Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu and the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu will be declared as “National Cultural Treasure” by the National Museum of the Philippines this April, in time with the celebration of the “500 Years of Christianity” in the country.

Nat’l Museum to declare Basilica, image of Sto. Niño de Cebu as National Cultural Treasures
Futch Anthony Inso February 10,2021
The National Museum of the Philippines will declare the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and the image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu as National Cultural Treasures.

Archdiocese of Manila launches 500 Years Mission Cross
February 5, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
The launch of the Archdiocese of Manila’s local celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines this Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros will also be highlighted with the wearing of the Mission Cross.

500 years of Christianity in PH: Only 300 guests allowed physically in events
Dale G. Israel February 02, 2021
CEBU CITY: The celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Church’s biggest celebration in the country, would have only 300 guests physically present in public events in April.

Jubilee churches to be named in various Catholic dioceses
January 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Catholic dioceses will have Jubilee churches as part of the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity here in the Philippines.

Talks for Sinulog contingents to dance during Quincentennial anniversary ongoing
Delta Dyrecka Letigio January 21, 2021
Discussions about allowing the Sinulog contingents to perform during the Quincentennial Anniversary of the Arrival of Christianity is ongoing.

500 years of Christianity in PH: Rosary made of 3,000 solar-powered lights to take center stage
Jodee A. Agoncillo January 04, 2021
The world’s largest lighted rosary, powered by the sun, would be installed in Luneta Park in celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 5.

Palma: Papal Nuncio to attend launch of Christianity’s quincentenary celebrations
Futch Anthony Inso December 28,2020
The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown, is expected to attend the launching of the 500 years celebration of Christianity here in Cebu on April 14, 2021.

How to mark the 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in the Philippines
December 24, 2020
Why is there not much hoopla about the coming celebration of the 500th anniversary of the first Mass and baptism in the Philippines? There even seems to be confusion on how exactly to call the anniversary: the arrival of Christianity, anniversary of Christianization, first proclamation of the Gospel, etc.?

Philippine Church dedicates 2021 pastoral year to missionary renewal
Vatican News 27 November 2020
In 2021, the Philippine Church marks 500 years of the arrival of the Gospel in the land. The Philippine bishops have chosen, “Missio ad Gentes”, as the theme of the pastoral year 2021.
It was on March 31, 1521, that the Eucharist was first celebrated on Philippine soil on the island of Limasawa, south of Leyte. Since 2012, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has been on a 9-year preparation for the 2021 5th centenary, with each year focussing on a specific theme and aspect of the Church and faith life.

COVID-19 forces bishops to postpone quincentennial celebration of Christianity in PH
September 24, 2020 Leslie Aquino
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church has decided to prolong by one year the quincentennial celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
The supposed culminating activity in April, 2021 would now be the launch of a year-long celebration that will end in April, 2022

Christianity in PH’s 500th year to be marked despite pandemic – CBCP 
July 18, 2020, Christina Hermoso
The celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines will push through as scheduled next year despite the coronavirus pandemic.

List of Jubilee Churches as PH marks 500 years of Christianity
Mar 6, 2021

Pilgrims who will visit these 'Jubilee Churches' during the celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines will be granted plenary indulgences

This 2021, the Philippines and its entire Catholic community will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the image of Sto. Niño in Cebu. The Augustinians, caretakers of the icon of the Holy Child, the Basilica, and our Christian community are looking forward to this quincentennial commemoration of the abiding presence of the Father in our journey of faith.

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Pope Francis cites PH Church as among world’s great Catholic nations
December 2, 2018 Leslie Ann Aquino and Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Pope Francis has cited the noble Church in the Philippines as among the great Catholic nations in the world.
The Pope declared this in his letter of appointment for Osaka Archbishop Thomas Manyo Cardinal Maeda as his envoy to the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the postwar Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
“Indeed, the noble Church in the Philippines now stands among the great Catholic nations in the entire world. Hence, no wonder, she continuously sends missionaries to other regions,” the Pope wrote.

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A Special Birthday Tribute to the Blessed Mother
Sep 13, 2020 ANC 24/7

On September, 8th, we celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Her birth brought us the dawn of hope, and salvation to the world.
She was born without sin. She was full of grace, and definitely the favored one,
and so very blessed among women.
So she should be the sacred vessel and worthy Mother of the Son of God.

Philippine Bishops urge Catholics to be charitable despite pandemic
Devin Watkins 27 January 2021
The Bishops of the Philippines conclude their plenary Assembly with a call for Catholics to let their faith shine through acts of charity and mercy, as Pope Francis invites the local Church to be "a home with open doors."
“Faith shining in deeds of charity and mercy.” That, says Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, is the best way for Catholics to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines despite the ongoing pandemic.

Archdiocese of Cebu awaits clarification on Pope Francis ‘support’ for same sex unions
Delta Dyrecka Letigio October 22, 2020
The Archdiocese of Cebu urges the faithful to wait for the official statement of the Roman Catholic Church regarding its stand on same-sex unions.

CBCP reaffirms Church’s stand on marriage and family
October 30, 2020 Hanah Tabios
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) remains consistent with the Church’s stand on marriage and family amid the backlash and confusion brought by Pope Francis’ new messaging on the issue about same-sex civil unions.

CBCP clarifies Pope’s stand on same-sex unions
Jodee A. Agoncillo October 27, 2020
Pope Francis remains consistent with the Catholic perspective on marriage and family, while refusing “to reject those who are unable to enter into marriage and build family because of circumstances in their lives,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Monday.

Filipino bishops defend Pope over same-sex civil unions
Oct 26, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
'He just wants to do as Jesus himself did,'
declares the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, as critics blast Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice – and nothing new
Oct 23, 2020 Steven Millies
The pope’s support for civil unions does not change Catholic doctrine about marriage or sexuality. The church still teaches – and will go on teaching – that any sexual relationship outside a marriage is sinful and that, in the Catholic view, marriage – different from civil unions – is between a man and a woman.

With Pope’s backing, Catholic solons lose ground vs same-sex civil union
Darryl John Esguerra October 22, 2020 - with Video
With no less than Pope Francis making a case for civil protection for same-sex couples, Catholic lawmakers “no longer have a basis” to oppose the passage of civil union laws for members of the Pride community, Malacañang said Thursday.

Philippine Bishops hold prayer campaign to heal the nation
Robin Gomes 13 August 2020

The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines are calling for a massive, nationwide prayer campaign for the healing of the country and the end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bishop calls for setting up of Confradias de San Roque in every diocese
August 18, 2020 Christina Hermoso

Diocese of Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has called on archdioceses and dioceses around the country to set up a “Cofradias de San Roque,” a group of faithful devotees of the popular saint, who is venerated as the patron saint against the plague.

Philippine Nunciature warns against person claiming to be close to Pope
Robin Gomes 26 May 2020

The Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines has written to the country’s Catholic bishops to warn their communities against a person claiming to be close to the Pope and the Vatican.


Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

PNP: Cops seized placards from Mass-goers on Church request
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine National said Wednesday its officers seized placards and other protest materials from activists during a Mass in Manila this week "in accordance to the request of the church."

Cops’ confiscation of placards during Quiapo mass not a ‘misbehavior’
July 29, 2020 Noreen Jazul
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he does not consider the confiscation of protestors’ placards by policemen during a mass in Quiapo Church as a “misbehavior.”


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Church will cease to exist if it stays silent when wrongs are committed
CBCP releases pastoral letter, asks for prayers against threats to freedom of expression
Jul 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Catholic Church will cease to exist if it keeps silent on wrongs being committed, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Monday as the President's lawyer accused it of violating the Constitutional provision on the separation of the Church and State. Look also this article
PH Bishops: Church leaders not barred from expressing political opinions
Jul 20, 2020 ANC 24/7
Philippine Bishops insist the doctrine of separation of Church and State does not bar Church leaders from expressing political opinions -
that's after President Duterte's Chief Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo criticized their Pastoral letter.
Senators defend right of church leaders to voice opinions on current issues
Jul 21, 2020 ANC 24/7
Several Philippine senators joined religious groups in defending the right of church officials to speak out on issues hounding the country.
This comes after the presidential chief legal counsel accused Catholic bishops of violating the constitutionally mandated separation of Church and State when they condemned some of the administration's recent moves

Church-State separation doctrine not breached by CBCP pastoral letter vs. anti-terror law, says Roque
July 20, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque believes that the most recent pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) does not violate the doctrine of the Separation of Church and State.


How a Cardinal Pushed the Democracy of the Filipinos
Feb 24, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online

History Professor Xiao Chua dissects how the late Jaime Cardinal Sin's broadcast message brought the Filipino people in unity during the height of the People Power Revolution of 1986

A nun in the revolution: Remembering, forgetting EDSA
Pia Ranada February 25, 2020
For Sister Helen, nothing beats physical activism in terms of impact. 'I think unless you get a mass of people out on the streets, nothing will change.'


Philippine Bishop decries ‘unreasonable’ restrictions on churches
Devin Watkins 19 May 2020

Bishop Broderick Pabillo criticizes new government restrictions on religious services, as the Bishops’ Conference releases new guidelines for public Masses.

The Video: Catholic Church sent proposals on Mass services weeks ago: bishop
May 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Catholic Church submitted its guidelines on the resumption of Holy Mass services 2 weeks ago, a Manila bishop said after government called for proposals on the matter.

Bridesmaids, groomsmen banned in Catholic weddings? Not necessarily
Paterno Esmaquel II May 20, 2020
It depends not on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, but on the bishop overseeing your town or city.
Yes, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released new guidelines against enlisting an entourage, locally known as abays, in Catholic weddings as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus pandemic.


Emergencies and Charity. A reflection by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Mar 26, 2020 Vatican News - English
Pope promotes Tagle as one of 11 highest ranking cardinals
Paterno Esmaquel II May 04, 2020 - with Video

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of the 11 'close-in consultors' of Pope Francis, boosting his chances of becoming the next pontiff

Pope names two new Cardinal-Bishops
01 May 2020
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Cardinal Beniamino Stella are the newest members of the Order of Bishops within the College of Cardinal

The Video: Tagle promoted to ‘cardinal-bishop,’ second-highest title in the Church
May 1, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was promoted to cardinal-bishop by Pope Francis on Friday (May 1). According to a Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines News post, cardinal bishop is the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.

Pope broke tradition again to make Tagle 'cardinal-bishop'
Paterno Esmaquel II May 02, 2020
The promotion of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal-bishop 'required special papal permission'

Cebuano priest appointed as Papal Chaplain in Vatican
Delta Dyrecka Letigio October 20,2020

Fr. Jan Thomas Limchua, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cebu, has been granted the title “Monsignor” by Pope Francis after being named as Papal Chaplain or a member of the Papal Household.

Pope Francis appoints Cebuano archbishop as envoy to Guatemala
Paterno Esmaquel II April 17, 2020

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Guatemala, is a 66-year-old native of Cebu City

Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus
Agence France-Presse March 15, 2020

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12.
The Vatican said March 15, that its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers due to the coronavirus.
"Because of the current global public health emergency, all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful," the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said in a statement.

Vatican issues decree for Holy Week liturgies with pandemic restrictions
Cindy Wooden Mar 20, 2020 CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Video in the album Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter: Vatican decree “in time of Covid-19” explains changes to Holy Week celebrations

COVID-19: Vatican Holy Week celebrations under study
Vatican News 16 March 2020

Philippine archbishop urges prayers, aid amid volcano eruption
13 January 2020

Taal Volcano showed streams of lava beginning to gush out of the vent on Monday, with a thick dark cloud of ash, smoke and steam in the sky. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate from around the island and its surrounding areas since the volcano became active on Sunday.

Cardinal Tagle: Seven years with Pope Francis, a parable of God's closeness
Alessandro Gisotti 12 March 2020

On the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the Petrine ministry, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, says that every new Pope is a gift from God that is “unwrapped” through the years of his papal ministry.


2019-12-15 Pope Francis - Holy Mass for the Filipino Community
Dec 15, 2019 Vatican News - English

From St Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis for the Filipino Community

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’
Paterno Esmaquel II December 16, 2019 - with Videos
The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi

Pope Francis presides over Mass for Rome's Filipino community
15 December 2019 Vatican News
Pope Francis on Sunday celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for Rome’s Filipino Community, telling them they have a special mission to share their faith.
Pope Francis said that “in the Philippines, for centuries, there has been a novena in preparation for a blessed Christmas called, Simbang-Gabi (Mass of the night). During nine days, the Filipino faithful gather in their parishes for a special Eucharistic celebration.”

“The Filipino people take their devotion seriously”
Lydia O'Kane 15 December 2019
As the Filipino community in Rome gathers in St Peter’s Basilica for Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, a nun from the Philippines speaks about the faith of the community living in the city.

Cardinal Tagle to lead top Vatican office
December 08, 2019 - with Video

Pope Francis names Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as part of his 'Cabinet,' making Tagle one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis appointed Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to a top position in the Vatican that oversees the spread of Catholic faith globally.
The Vatican announced on Sunday, December 8, that Tagle is the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Established by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is in charge of spreading the Catholic faith around the world.

Pope Francis appoints Tagle to ‘Vatican’s central bank’
Gabriel Pabico Lalu February 23, 2021
Pope Francis has named former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as a member of an office in the Roman Curia that acts as the “Vatican’s central bank,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Tuesday.

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Tagle as member of Vatican central bank
Feb 23, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now a member of the powerful Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See

Pope appoints new members to Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue
Vatican News 08 July 2020
Pope Francis names new members to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
Cardinal Tagle is one of the newly appointed members of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

Cardinal Tagle leaves Philippines to take up Vatican post
Robin Gomes 10 February 2020
Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle celebrated his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila, Sunday morning, before flying out later in the evening to Rome to take up his new mission as Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Cardinal Tagle is the new Prefect of Propaganda Fide
08 December 2019
The Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle is the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The appointment of Pope Francis was announced today, Sunday 8 December.
The current Prefect, Fernando Filoni, assumes the post of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher in place of Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, who resigned in April 2019 and turned 80.

Cardinal Tagle seen to step down as Manila archbishop
Paterno Esmaquel II December 09, 2019
As the powerful ‘Red Pope,’ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is expected to address hot-button issues such as the Vatican’s policy toward China.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is seen to step down as archbishop of Manila after Pope Francis appointed him to head the powerful Vatican office in charge of spreading the Catholic faith.

An emotional Cardinal Tagle receives blessing of Filipino faithful
Vatican News - English
During a Mass in Manila on Sunday 9 December, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, asks the faithful to bless Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and his new mission as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Cardinal Tagle on mission and evangelization
Paolo Afflato 11 December 2019
In an interview with the Vatican’s “Osservatore Romano” newspaper, the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples reflects on the theme of evangelization and expresses gratitude to begin his new service.

'His heart is broken': Vatican prefect Tagle breaks into tears
Paterno Esmaquel II December 10, 2019
Be happy to let him go, the Vatican's ambassador tells Filipinos
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle broke into tears in his first public Mass after Pope Francis named him prefect of a powerful Vatican office, an assignment that most likely entails leaving the Philippines.

Tagle’s office eyed as 2nd most important in Vatican
Paterno Esmaquel II December 11, 2019
The new appointment of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle positions him ‘to be a possible successor to Pope Francis,’ says a Vatican analyst

Filippine bishops issue pastoral letter on “climate emergency
Robin Gomes 16 July 2019

8th in a series of pastoral letters over the past 30 years, the latest document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges concrete actions on responding to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter, Laudato Si.

Philippine Church group to divest from non-green industries
Robin Gomes 27 May 2020
In harmony with the 'Laudato Si’ Week' marking the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical, a section of the Catholic Church in the Philippines has vowed to halt investing in sectors detrimental to the environment

Philippine “Season of Creation” calls for action on “Laudato si”
Robin Gomes 04 September 2019
Cardinal Tagle launched the “Season of Creation” on Sunday, the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation", a month-long campaign to remind the people of the urgent appeal by Pope Francis to all people of goodwill in his encyclical "Laudato sì", to care for "our common home".

The Video: Three keys points from Laudato si' remembered five years later
May 23, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

Laudato Si', 5 years later
Tony La Viña, Toby Valenzuela, and Bryce King May 26, 2020
Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope

Pope Francis appeals for Laudato si’ Year, releases special prayer
Devin Watkins 24 May 2020
Pope Francis urges everyone to take part in the just-opened Laudato si’ Year, and releases a special prayer to accompany the celebration.

Laudato si': "Gospel of creation" is the key that unlocks its meaning
Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 22 May 2020
Five years ago on May 24th, Pope Francis published his second encyclical, Laudato sí. Cardinal Turkson explains how it got its subtitle, how care for creation is connected with worship, and St Francis of Assisi’s vision of creation.

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims
Paterno Esmaquel II February 21, 2019

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

The Videos from The historic Vatican summit on sex abuse e.g.:
Introduction and 1st Relation - Cardinal Tagle 2019-02-21
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, speaks at the end of the Meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” saying clerical sex abuse has caused shame and pain to the Church and to society, and pledging that the Church will respond decisively to the crisis in line with its call to be true to Jesus.

FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die
August 01, 2019
Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018
Claim: A Facebook post showing a photo of Catholic priests supposedly doing a ritual praying for President Rodrigo Duterte's death made the rounds online.

The facts: The photo was taken out of context. A Google reverse image search reveals similar photos taken during a symbolic street theater activity called "Lamay para sa Demokrasya" – part of Coalition for Justice's (CFJ) Dasal at Ayuno faith rally – at Padre Faura Street in Manila in May 2018.

Tagle calls on Catholics to ‘pray for the nation’
Sofia Tomacruz August 01, 2019
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes the call as several bishops and priest are subject to ‘persecution and false accusations’ by government

FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte
Agence France-Presse February 15, 2019

A photo of Pope Francis meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is manipulated

Drenched in God’s blood
June 18, 2018

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic.



The Album: Duterte defies The Catholic Church
with Videos about how President Duterte attack the Catholic Church

Catholic Church needs to help ‘deepen’ PH democracy
Feb 28, 2021 Jezreel Ines
After defending democracy in EDSA exactly 35 years ago, the Catholic Church now needs to help deepen the Philippines’ gains from the People Power Revolution of 1986, an expert said.
“Defending is just a first step. Deepening is a different story, and that is the challenge to our church these days,” said Arjan Aguirre, political science professor from Ateneo de Manila University, in an online forum titled "Usap-Usapang Kalayaan: Conversations on Freedom” on Wednesday, February 24.



Execution of Gomburza
Bulatlat Feb 24, 2019
Bulatlat remembers the execution of the three Filipino priests who fought the Spanish colonization.
Today, church people remain under attack for standing in solidarity with the Filipino people in their struggles and aspirations.

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alternatively spelled GOMBURZA or GomBurZa, refers to three Filipino Catholic priests (Mariano Gomez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora), who were executed on February 17, 1872 at Bagumbayan by Spanish colonial authorities on charges of subversion arising from the 1872 Cavite mutiny. The name is a portmanteau of the priests' surnames

and HERE

DepEd-Manila commemorates 149th martyrdom of GomBurZa
February 17, 2021 Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Did you know?
Three public schools in the city of Manila were named after the three martyred priests, Fathers Mariano Gómez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, because of their contribution to Philippine independence.

God is love
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 26, 2018

We are in a spiritual warfare against error and sin. Shield yourselves from error and guide your fellow youth in godliness. Read more about the faith.

Philippine bishops make 'Red Wednesday' an official church event
Joe Torres January 27, 2020
Celebration aims to assist persecuted Christians around the world who are prevented from living according to their faith
"This formally makes Red Wednesday an official day of observance in all churches and Catholic institutions in the Philippines," said Jonathan Luciano, national director of ACN.
Manila Cathedral marks ‘Red Wednesday’ to honor persecuted Christians, sick persons, health frontliners
November 25, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros turned red on Wednesday in observance of “Red Wednesday,” an annual campaign for persecuted Christians worldwide.

‘Red Wednesday’ to be dedicated to Covid-19 victims, frontliners
CBCP News November 15, 2020
Besides remembering the world’s persecuted Christians, this year’s “Red Wednesday” will be dedicated in praying for the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll.

Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us
Paterno Esmaquel II November 29, 2018 - with Video
'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
Paterno Esmaquel II November 22, 2017 - with the 3 Videos:
What is Red Wednesday?
Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
Marawi bishop delivers homily on 'Red Wednesday'

Christian persecution to be brought to light on ‘Red Wednesday’
November 18, 2017 - with the Video #RedWednesdayPH
The campaign aims to inform Christian communities and the general public that Christians were the "most persecuted faith group in the world."
Over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016, according to a study from the Center for New Religions.

Look these 5 Videos in HD HERE


'Red Wednesday' alay sa mga pinagmalupitang Kristiyano
Nov 27, 2019 ABS-CBN News

Ginunita ng Simbahang Katolika ang Red Wednesday, bilang pagsuporta sa mga na-persecute o napaslang na Kristiyano sa buong mundo.

Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist - Full text
The English language translation of Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
July 08, 2017

The bread used in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice must be unleavened, purely of wheat, and recently made so that there is no danger of decomposition.

The wine that is used in the most sacred celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice must be natural, from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt, not mixed with other substances.

Pope Francis Private Audience - President Benigno Aquino III at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican

Pope Francis asks Filipinos to pray for him

It seemed like an odd request from someone who is always being sought for prayers and a special blessing: Pope Francis asked President Benigno Aquino III, and all Filipinos, to pray for him at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on Friday, December 4.

Pope Francis, Aquino exchange tokens at Vatican
POPE FRANCIS on Friday gave President Aquino a bronze sculpture of an olive branch holding two halves of a cleft rock, which symbolizes peace and unity, as well as a copy of his encyclical on the environment, Laudate Si.

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao
Paterno Esmaquel II December 05, 2015

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can 'guarantee stable and lasting peace' in the southern Philippines

The Videos


St. John Paul II’s relic gives message of hope, humanity to PH
Apr 7, 2017
Twelve years have passed since his death, but the presence and influence of Saint John Paul II in the hearts of the Filipino faithful is still very much alive today. Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO, with YUJI VINCENT GONZALES

Pope open to studying ordination of married men as priests
March 10, 2017

Pope Francis said the church must study whether it's possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

The Philippines: The Biblical land of Ophir?
Do you think Philippines is the Land of Ophir which can be found in the bible?
Ophir is a port or region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth. King Solomon is supposed to have received a cargo of gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks from Ophir, every three years.

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the Video The Philippines: The Biblical land of Ophir?

Remark this is an album in the album Filipinos & the Philippines, Provinces, Cities, Etc. during old times and then



Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
Dec 26, 2016

This video entitled ‘Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas’ features ‘nativity of Jesus Christ.’

Maglalakbay si Sandra Aguinaldo patungong Holy Land upang sundan at sariwain ang mga eksenang nasusulat sa Bibliya ukol sa kapanakan ni Hesukristo.

Religious Revolt of Hermano Pule

Apolinario de la Cruz (July 22, 1815 – November 4, 1841), known as Hermano Pule, Spanish for "Brother Pule" also spelled Hermano Puli, was a Filipino religious leader who founded and led the Cofradía de San José. The cofradía was established in 1832 in response to the racial discrimination of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial period, Catholic religious orders refused to admit native Filipinos as members. In retaliation, Pule established his own religious order which was exclusive for native Filipinos.

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The Video: Dalit ni Hermano Pule (Lament of Brother Pule)
Feb 1, 2009 by Malu Maniquis


"Mga Santo at Sikreto"
Jul 8, 2017

Filipinos' devotion in religion is unwavering, especially when it was about to beatify Pedro Calungsod as a Saint. In line with this, Howie Severino travelled to Cebu to discover how Cebuanos celebrate their Catholicism, and figured out if the Saint-to-be was believed to have lived in the said province.

Look also MUCH more HERE

Faith - Etc. in the time of coronavirus

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Faith in the time of coronavirus

Where to watch online Masses
Paterno Esmaquel II March 14, 2020

Here are links to live online Masses – including those led by Pope Francis – as public Masses remain suspended due to the novel coronavirus disease.

Bookmark and refresh this page for updates

CBCP sets guidelines for ‘Simbang Gabi’ amid COVID-19
Daphne Galvez December 02, 2020
In line with the public health protocols being implemented to stem the spread of the virus, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released the guidelines under November 27 Circular No. 20-82 on the celebration of Aguinaldo masses, or the “Misa de Gallo.”

The Video: CBCP sets guidelines for safe observance of 'Simbang Gabi'
Dec 3, 2020 CNN Philippines
The Filipino Christmas isn't complete without the yearly tradition of 'Simbang Gabi.' The Catholic Church introduces changes to make sure devotees stay safe while keeping the faith.

Covid-19: Manila Cathedral reopens to public after six months
With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the Mother Church of the Philippines is reopening its doors to the public on September 16, while limiting numbers.
Robin Gomes 14 September 2020
The reopening of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, known simply as the Manila Cathedral, is part of an easing of restrictions for religious gatherings in Metro Manila announced by government authorities.

The Video: Religious gatherings still prohibited — IATF
Jun 2, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Mass gatherings for religious purposes remain prohibited as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus disease, Malacañang announced Tuesday despite the government’s recent move to further relax the quarantine restrictions around the country.

Home religious services allowed under MECQ
Pia Ranada May 16, 2020
Priests, imams, rabbis, and other religious ministers may conduct religious services in houses as long as health protocols are observed, says the government

How virus changed Vatican's Holy Week, Easter Sunday celebrations
April 13, 2020
Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican

Finding God in the quarantine
Earl A. P. Valdez April 11, 2020
'The Church remains to be the Body of Christ always called to respond to greater charity; as such, it finds and dwells on these spaces where grace is found'

Holy Week and COVID-19: Embracing uncertainty
Ted Tuvera April 07, 2020
We cannot and must not escape this reality of uncertainty. We have to face it, pray over it, and wrestle with it – and perhaps let go of the need to know why.

Faith in the risen Jesus amid the coronavirus
Father Primitivo Viray Jr, SJ April 06, 2020
It is clearly not the powerful and influential in society that we must attend to but those who are weak and vulnerable

The Video: How can Filipino Catholics celebrate Holy Week amid the Coronavirus pandemic?
Apr 5, 2020 ANC 24/7
Today is Palm Sunday and for Catholics around the world, this year's observance of Holy Week will be different from the past. With the Luzon-wide lockdown still in effect, the Church will not be holding public mass celebrations. Instead, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says the faithful can hear mass through live streaming.

LIST: Online masses, services by religious groups amid coronavirus
Jodesz Gavilan April 01, 2020
Religious groups offer livestreamed services, online masses, and pre-recorded videos for their members to follow while in the safety of their homes

Why, Lord?
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David April 03, 2020
We must have the courage to declare with hope: We are Christians. We believe in happy endings. If it’s not yet happy, then it’s not yet the end.

The Videos: Mar 27, 2020 Pope Francis delivers rare 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing amid pandemic: In this storm, our façades fall away
Pope Francis delivered a rare "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and To the World) blessing to comfort those suffering due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi was aired live by Vatican News at 1 am on March 28 (Manila time)
The full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' in English to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

Pope makes special request for prayers for the sick
Vatican News 26 March 2020 - with Video
Pope Francis releases a special video message, in which he asks for prayers for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who pray for those affected.

The Video: Pope Francis' special video to pray for an end to the pandemic #PrayForTheWorld
Mar 24, 2020 Vatican News - English
In a special edition of "The Pope Video", the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.

Cebu church masses go online amid coronavirus ban on crowd gathering
Jasper Ylanan March 19, 2020 - with Video
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma suspends masses to help stop spread of novel coronavirus

The Video: Faith in the time of quarantine
Online mass at church services, isinasagawa para makaiwas sa COVID-19!
16. mar. 2020 GMA Public Affairs
Para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19, isinasagawa na ngayon ng ilang simbahan ang online mass at church services! Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video!

Legazpi diocese imposes strict social distancing in all church services
Rhaydz B. Barcia March 16, 2020
Those from Metro Manila who are in to Albay to attend baptisms, weddings or funerals are required to first undergo a 14-day quarantine

National Youth Day 2021 in Naga postponed to 2022
December 19, 2020 Analou De Vera

The National Youth Day (NYD) celebration set next year has been postponed because of the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.

The need to reinterpret faith during the pandemic
Oct 11, 2020 Marc Gregory Medina

'We wallow in a state of confusion. We ask whether or not we are here for a reason. We ask if we even matter. We question God.'

Lockdown tests faith in virus-hit Philippines
Agence France-Presse October 10, 2020

After months of livestreaming mass to millions of faithful from behind closed doors, churches in the Catholic-majority Philippines are beginning to reopen.

Confessions still need to be done in person
September 8, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have been instructed to set aside time for confession and to make provisions for places for confessions.
Archdiocese of Manila apostolic administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that such places for confession must be “hygienically safe for both the priest and the penitent” in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even the dead can't accept visitors for Undas 2020
September 8, 2020 Rambo Talabong

Manila City cemeteries are ordered closed during Undas
Even the dead won't be allowed to accept visitors for Undas 2020 as Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday, September 7, ordered cemeteries to be placed on lockdown.

All PH cemeteries, memorial parks, columbariums, closed from Oct. 29-Nov. 4
September 18, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
To avoid huge crowds of people during Undas or All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Malacañang said that all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the entire country will be closed from October 29 to November 4.

Gov’t orders nationwide closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 4
September 18, 2020 Pia Ranada
Filipinos, including the elderly and children, will be allowed to physically visit the graves of their loved ones before and after Undas week

The Video: PH cemeteries 'most likely' closed during Undas amid COVID-19 pandemic
Sep 8, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Cemeteries in the Philippines will be "most likely" closed during the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, or Undas, due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official of the national COVID-19 task force said.

IMPORTANT: Look MORE about closing during Undas

A lukewarm Catholic reflects on taking care of a chapel
September 20, 2020 Lex Adizon

Since most of my friends are non-Catholic, nonpracticing, or nonbelievers, I don’t have many opportunities to talk about my Catholic faith, a central part of my life. Therefore, I’ve never mentioned to them that I help out in a small chapel that celebrates Mass every day. In a world where it’s become increasingly difficult to practice my faith, my chapel duties have become a sort of refuge.

Catholic Church ready to aid distressed Filipinos during pandemic: CBCP
ABS-CBN News Aug 26 2020 - with Video

The Catholic Church is ready to aid individuals in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Wednesday as government sought help in counseling Filipinos.

Bishop calls on youth to play a more active role amid the pandemic
August 16, 2020 Christina Hermoso

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth has called on the young generation “to play a more active role in their communities amid the pandemic.”

Do coronavirus restrictions threaten religious freedom?
Paterno Esmaquel II June 14, 2020

From Washington to Manila, religious freedom is set to become one of the most enduring debates of the coronavirus era

The Roman Catholic church in the Philippines - general -Etc.

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Embassy of the Holy See (Apostolic Nunciature) in the Philippines

2140 Taft Avenue
Manila City 1004 Philippines
Tel. No.: (2) 521 0307
Fax No.: (2) 521 1235

Look Apostolic Nunciature in PH by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 15, 2015
The Apostolic Nunciature is home to Vatican City's representative – or nuncio
Most countries establish embassies in other countries for diplomatic purposes. But the Vatican City, for its part, installs an apostolic nunciature in select countries.

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Pope appoints Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
Vatican News 28 September 2020

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines.
Pope Francis on Monday appointed a new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines. The Pope has transferred US-born Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines in Manila.

Papal Nuncio extols parish servers
January 2, 2021 Analou De Vera
Parish servers were reminded that praying is the “most beautiful type of service” they can offer to God, said Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown.

Pope Francis extends ‘very warm’ greetings to Filipinos
December 14, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Pope Francis has sent his “very warm” greetings to the Filipino nation and continued to cherish his 2015 visit to the Philippines, according to his papal representative to Manila.
New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Charles John Brown conveyed the Pope’s message and mentioned the “excellent relations” between the Holy See and the Philippines during the presentation of his credentials to President Duterte in Malacañang.

Newly appointed papal nuncio arrives in Manila
November 29, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
The Philippine government is eager to promote “productive and collaborative” relations with the Vatican following appointment of a new papal nuncio to the country, a Palace official said Sunday.

New Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Brown arrives
November 29, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown arrived in Manila Sunday.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, and Paranaque Bishop Jesse Mercado welcomed Brown at the airport together with some government officials and staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

Vatican’s new ambassador to the Philippines to arrive this weekend
November 25, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
The new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown will arrive in Manila on Sunday, November 29.

Pope Francis names American bishop as new envoy to the Philippines
Sep 28, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
This ends a 9-month wait for a new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, which has also stalled the selection of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's successor

The Video: Pagtatalaga sa bagong Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
Sep 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Itinalaga ni Pope Francis si Archbishop Charles John Brown bilang bagong Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.


New Vatican envoy to PH makes 1st public appearance
Nov 22, 2017

Pope Francis' new envoy to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, makes his first public appearance on November 22, 2017, in a Mass to support persecuted Christians around the world

Papal nuncio urges Filipinos to respect, protect life
Robin Gomes 26 November 2019
Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 24 at the St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park in Bayombong.
After finishing his duties in Manila, Archbishop Caccia is expected to assume his new post in New York on Jan. 16, 2020.

Philippine Embassy in Vatican, the Holy See Vatican City
Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, Ambassador
Via Paolo VI, 29
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Holy See, Vatican City

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Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican
Paterno Esmaquel II September 03, 2018

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis.
Fondly called by Filipinos as Lolo Kiko (Grandpa Kiko), Pope Francis welcomed Grace Relucio Princesa, also known by overseas Filipino workers as Nanay Amba (Mother Ambassador), as the Philippines' new ambassador to the Vatican.

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Philippine Ambassador: Issues raised by Pope crucial to Filipinos
With Audio - Interview
Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa of the Philippines to the Holy See spoke to Vatican News about some of the issues that Pope Francis raised in his address to the diplomatic corps on Jan. 7. 2019.

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church
consists of its bishops, priests, and deacons. In the ecclesiological sense of the term, "hierarchy" strictly means the "holy ordering" of the Church, the Body of Christ, so to respect the diversity of gifts and ministries necessary for genuine unity

The use of "archpriest" in the Latin Catholic Church should not be confused with "protopriest", the senior Cardinal-Priest in the College of Cardinals.

Philippine Catholic Church History Philippine Catholic Church History

The Cradle of the Philippine Church and Seat of Far-East Christianity

The Role of Deacons The Role of Deacons in the Catholic Church

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Catholic Church in Philippines - Catholic-Hierarchy
Roman Catholicism in the Philippines

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All Bishops, Philippines

List of current Filipino archbishops

MAP: Catholicism in the Philippines
Michael Bueza Jan 18, 2015

See the extent of the Roman Catholic religion's reach in the country

It's widely known that the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation. But just how widespread is that religion in the country?

The Position of the Catholic Church in Political and Social Relations of the Philippines by Cheryl Burkhardt

Since the arrival of Spanish colonists in the Philippines, the role of Catholicism has remained strong in various elements of Philippine culture. Despite the claim of the government that there exists separation between church and state, the Catholic Church still holds influence in political action that has significant consequences for much of the population.

Will Pope's visit boost Tagle’s chances as first Asian pontiff?
Aries Rufo Jan 19, 2015

To some, the papal visit provides a preview of the Catholic Church's future

Veteran Vaticanista John Allen cited Tagle's 3 strong points: “an effective communicator and missionary,” as the face of the “dramatic growth of Catholicism outside the West” and “pastoral experience” as administrator of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila

The Video: Our next Pope? Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle talks to Colm Flynn
Colm Flynn Jul 25, 2018
"I don't even see myself as a Bishop!" Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, describes his reaction at being named Cardinal at age 55.
He also examines daily life in the Philippines

Top Vatican reporter writes book about Cardinal Tagle
Paterno Esmaquel II September 19, 2015

Veteran Vatican journalist Cindy Wooden, Rome bureau chief of the Catholic News Service, CNS, has written a new book about the man described as “the Asian Pope Francis.”

The Role of the Church in the Philippines’ Nonviolent People Power Revolution
Jeff Boyd, June 29, 2010

Catholic churches in Mindanao are working actively to transform conflict and build peace. Churches are promoting interreligious dialogue, implementing peace education programs, assisting conflict victims, declaring peace zones, and contributing to peace advocacy with the government and other civil society groups.

Map of the Philippines showing the different archdioceses

Map of the Philippines showing the different apostolic vicariates

The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, MOP
The Archdiocese of Cebu, CBCP

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Archdiocese of Manila, RCAM

Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manila

Metropolitan Archdiocese
In the Latin Church, an ecclesiastical province, composed of several neighbouring dioceses, is headed by a metropolitan, the archbishop of the diocese designated by the Pope. The other bishops are known as suffragan bishops.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches

Territorial Jurisdiction


Pope Francis names Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches
Paterno Esmaquel II June 06, 2019
Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75

Diocese of Parañaque

territories the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Daet
is a diocese located in the capital town of Daet in the Ecclesiastical province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines.

Pope appoints a new bishop in Daet Diocese, the Philippines

Pope names new bishop of Daet
Kurt Dela Peña January 02, 2019
Pope Francis on Wednesday, January 2 named Rev. Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Caceres archdiocese as the new bishop of Daet in Camarines Norte.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao
Tuguegarao is a river delta city that became center of the Archdiocese in the Province of Cagayan, on the island of Luzon. Its seat is located at the Saint Peter's Metropolitan Cathedral.

Pope Francis on Friday appointed bishop in the Philippines
18 October 2019
Pope Francis on Friday transferred Bishop Ricardo L. Baccay of Alaminos to the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao as archbishop. He takes the place of Archbishop Sergio Utleg of Tuguegarao, who reached the retirement age of 75 last year.

Diocese of Sorsogon

The diocese was established in 1951 by the Archdiocese of Caceres, and in 1968, the diocese was subdivided after the Diocese of Masbate separated. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres.

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Pope appoints new bishop in the Philippine Diocese of Sorsogon
15 October 2019
Pope Francis on October 15 appointed Father Jose Alan V. Dialogo as the new Bishop of Sorsogon.

Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

New appointment for Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Vatican News 23 June 2020
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Jose A. Cabantan to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Diocese of Antipolo

Pope Francis names Cainta priest as new auxiliary bishop of Antipolo
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 11, 2018
Father Nolly Buco is the first priest from the Diocese of Antipolo to become a bishop. He is parish priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.

Diocese of Borongan
Diocese of Cubao

Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan
Tony La Viña November 30, 2018
We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing
November 23, 2018

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep
Paterno Esmaquel II September 17, 2017 - with Video
The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor.

Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards
Mara Cepeda February 26, 2019
Bishop Pablo David does not attend the awarding ceremony after receving a number of death threats in the past week

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Caloocan bishop hits Catholics who support drug war killings
Sep 15, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes Catholics who support drug war killings. David makes these remarks at the Family Rosary Crusade Marian Conference on September 13, 2017.
Video courtesy of the Diocese of Cubao Media and Communications Ministry.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe covers the two civil provinces of Ifugao and the Mountain Province
Archdiocese of Jaro

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Pope Francis appoints a new Archbishop for Jaro

Jaro Cathedral

Archdiocese of Cotabato.
The Archdiocese includes North Cotabato (also known as the P-PALMA area) and the municipality of Banisilan, Cotabato.

Its cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

Pope appoints new archbishop in Cotabato in the Philippines
06 November 2018
Bishop Angelito R. Lampon, the Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, is the new Archbishop of Cotabato.

Diocese of Talibon

The Diocese of Talibon comprises half of the civil province of Bohol

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capiz

Pope Francis' gift to the Philippines: The 'listening' cardinal from Capiz
Dec 27, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
The key to understanding Cardinal Jose Advincula, the first prince of the Church from Capiz, is found in his motto as bishop: 'Audiam,' which means 'I will listen'

Pope elevates Capiz archbishop Advincula as cardinal
November 29, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis formally elevated Archbishop Jose Advincula of Capiz to cardinal during a consistory at the Vatican last Saturday.

It's official: Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula now a cardinal
Nov 28, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Cardinal Jose Advincula of Capiz is proof that Pope Francis wants to get closer to the world’s ‘peripheries’ – beyond traditional centers of power like Manila and Cebu

Pope warns 13 new cardinals, including Capiz archbishop, vs 'eminence'
Nov 29, 2020
Archbishop Jose Advincula, the first cardinal from Capiz in the Philippines, joins the Vatican ceremony via livestream
Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday, November 28 – including the first cardinal from Capiz in the Philippines – putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor.

28 November: an unprecedented Consistory in times of Covid-19
The Vatican confirms that two Cardinals-designate will not be present in Rome on Saturday to receive their red hats from Pope Francis.
Vatican News staff 24 November 2020
The Holy See Press Office said on Monday that Cardinal-designate Cornelius Sim, the Apostolic Vicar of Brunei, and Cardinal-designate Jose F. Advincula of Capiz, in the Philippines, would not be able to attend the Consistory in the Vatican because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic

The Video: 28 November 2020 Ordinary Public Consistory Pope Francis
Nov 28, 2020 Vatican News - English
From St. Peter's Basilica, Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals

Pope urges new cardinals to stay on the Lord’s road
Vatican News 28 November 2020
Pope Francis urged new cardinals he created on Saturday not to stray away from “journeying on God’s road”. The red colour of the cardinals’ attire, which symbolizes blood, he warned, “can, for a worldly spirit, become the colour of a secular ‘eminence’”.

Cardinal-elect Advincula: Appointment Pope’s way of conveying to people Church’s presence in peripheries
October 29, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Cardinal-elect Jose Advincula of Capiz said his appointment might be Pope Francis’ way of conveying to the people the presence of the Church in the peripheries.

Cardinal-designate Advincula: Pope wants Church to tend to “peripheries”
Vatican News staff writer 27 October 2020
In an interview with Vatican News, Filipino Cardinal-designate Jose Advincula of Capiz explains why he thinks Pope Francis chose him to be a Cardinal.

Pope Francis appoints Capiz Archbishop Advincula as new cardinal
Darryl John Esguerra October 25, 2020
Pope Francis has appointed Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula as one of his 13 new cardinals, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Pope Francis bypasses Cebu, names first Filipino cardinal from Capiz
Oct 25, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula, 68, is set to become the Philippines' only cardinal-elector in the next conclave aside from Luis Antonio Tagle

'Maybe an error': How Pope Francis surprised the 1st cardinal from Capiz
Oct 26, 2020 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
He thought the Vatican just got the names wrong.
Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula Jr, 68, was with two priests – and away from his cellphone – when Pope Francis read his name along with 12 others from the window of the papal apartments at the Vatican.

Diocese of Balanga

Bataan bishop scraps fees for funeral Masses
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 13, 2019
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos ordered the scrapping of fees for funeral Masses in his diocese, which covers Bataan province, to ease the burden of families and friends of the deceased.
This is the latest in a growing trend in the Philippine Catholic Church to scrap the arancel system, or the practice of imposing taxes on 'free' church services.

Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 13, 2018

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 07, 2018

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

Pope appoints bishop in Ilagan, Philippines

Pope Francis on November 14, 2018 appointed Bishop David William Valencia Antonio as the new Bishop of Ilagan.

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Finding Christ in the Philippine National Police
by Rambo Talabong December 24, 2017

Reverend Father Police Senior Superintendent Jason Ortizo shares the highs and lows of being a cop-priest for the Philippine National Police.

NEWS - Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, CBCP

CBCP News Service was approved by the Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippine, CBCP

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A second cursory look on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Oct 1, 2008

Pope’s message to plenary assembly of Philippine bishops
27 January 2019
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to the plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Pope Francis has assured his support and blessing to members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).


Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head
Dec 3, 2017

Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

Villegas also addresses current issues, such as the proposed revolutionary government under President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as updates on policemen willing to testify about extrajudicial killings.

Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'
Paterno Esmaquel II December 04, 2017

"Hashtag blessed" was how Archbishop Socrates Villegas, protégé of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, described his 4 years as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

David named acting CBCP president
July 17, 2020, Leslie Ann Aquino
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has been designated acting president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles had a mild stroke.

The Video: CBCP president Valles 'recuperating well' from stroke
Jul 19, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, is "recuperating well" after suffering from stroke, an official said Monday.

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president
Paterno Esmaquel II July 08, 2017
The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops.

Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'
Paterno Esmaquel II November 30, 2017 - with video

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was 'no conflict' between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, CBCP-ECPPC

"A People of Compassion"

Inquirer Conversation with Archbishop Soc Villegas

Socrates Buenaventura Villegas, D.D. is the current Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, and from 2013, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

Jan 12, 2015 Video by's Ryan Leagogo


Catholic Priests and Bishops use social media to reach people

Pope Francis e.g. with 10 million followers on twitter

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Caritas Philippines
is locally known as the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA). It was created by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1966 and mandated to accompany the poor and marginalized in the just and legitimate struggle for social justice and transformation

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Cardinal Tagle reelected to lead int'l Catholic charities network
May 25, 2019
Caritas Internationalis elects Cardinal Tagle to another 4-year term

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Cardinal Tagle: share the journey with migrants
Published on Apr 25, 2018
Interview with cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis

Fr. Edu Gariguez on faith and resilience
September 02, 2016
Watch interview, Maria Ressa talks to Fr. Edu Gariguez, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines, on why faith and resilience go hand in hand.

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The Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life, CFC FFL

a Philippine-based Catholic charismatic lay community that emphasizes family life renewal and evangelization

It is led by an International Council, which operates in the Philippines under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines and can report directly to the Vatican.

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Episcopal Commission

The Philippine Jesuits

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The Pinoy Catholic The Pinoy Catholic - Rants, ramblings, raves and reflections of a Filipino Catholic
The Original Catholic Encyclopedia

The Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, AFCC

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List of parishes in Cebu
List of Filipino Roman Catholic priests
Catholic Charismatic Renewal

The Charismatic Renewal as a movement within the Catholic Church has been acknowledged by two Popes, Paul VI and John Paul II. Speaking to the International Conference on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal on May 19, 1975, Pope Paul VI encouraged the attendees in their renewal efforts and especially to remain anchored in the Church.

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SAVE the chapel!

Saving the Asilo dela Milagrosa Chapel


"Padre de Familia," a documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo (full episode)
Feb 3, 2015

Is it about time to abolish the vow of celibacy among Catholic priests? Three ordained priests, now married and with children, campaign for optional celibacy within the Roman Catholic Church.

Attire,  Etiquette, Etc. in the church and in the cemetery

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walkwithfriends wrote on Jul 31, 2011: A video we made at Silay about proper church etiquette



'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops
by Agence France-Presse November 08, 2017

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'


The Video in the main-album: When you become a slave to your phone, you lose freedom
ROME REPORTS in English Published on Apr 15, 2019

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Pope to students: 'don’t be slaves to your mobile phones'
By Linda Bordoni 13 April 2019
Pope Francis receives students and teachers of a Rome high school in the Vatican, encouraging them to cultivate passion and curiosity and warning them against dependency on their mobile phones.

Pope urges students to fight their addiction to phones
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service April 17, 2019 - is often down - then up again, so try again later

Cardinal Tagle warns vs cellphone addiction: 'Parang alipin na tayo'
Paterno Esmaquel II April 18, 2019
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warned Catholics on Holy Thursday, April 18, against addiction to their cellphones, saying it is a form of slavery and a subtle kind of "imprisonment."

Attire and Etiquette in the church

Reminders for the proper acts of respect inside the church


Symbols and signs are essential to the Roman Catholic Liturgy and Ritual:

What Does INRI Mean?

What Does INRI Mean?

A clip from Why Do Catholics Do What They Do? In Church

Candles: - What do they represent? How and when are they used and how do they effect us? What is the meaning of the water? Why do we kneel? This program will help young people, catechumens and even life-long Catholics to better understand the important reasons for these traditions and how they help us grow in faith.

General about being a catholic.

Why Do Catholics Use So Many Candles?
December 14, 2017 By Ashley Osmera 17

Walk into any Catholic Church, and it’s impossible to miss seeing candles.
There are candles on the altar, a special candle near the tabernacle, and candles in front of images or statues of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or various other patron saints.
And these examples are just the bare minimum!


Churches - Shrines - Mass schedules - Bells - etc.

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Filipino Saints, Patrons, Patronesses, Blesseds and Servants of God

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Cemeteries - etc.

Heritage Ancient Death, Funeral, Burial and the Dead

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Pope Francis to lead Aguinaldo Mass in Rome on December 15
December 07, 2019

CBCP News said that according to Father Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome, “this is the fourth year that we celebrate it in the basilica but the first time that the Pope will be the one to preside.”
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List of cathedrals in the Philippines

This is the list of cathedrals in the Philippines sorted by denomination.


Bridge work may damage old churches in Manila Jul 20, 2019

The construction of the controversial China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge may indeed damage nearby baroque churches recognized as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). But the damage could be avoided.

Bridge work may damage old churches in Manila – expert
Katrina Hallare July 20, 2019

Controversial China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Bridge put on hold
Edgar Allan M. Sembrano, Philippine Daily Inquirer May 27, 2019
But heritage advocates say bridge continues to be built

Bridge burning bridges: Why the China-funded Binondo-Intramuros structure is controversial
Rosette Adel Philstar April 30, 2019

Vatican elevates 2 Philippine shrines to minor basilicas
Kurt Dela Peña December 17, 2018

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel and La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc Shrines in Quezon City and Badoc, Ilocos Norte, respectively were granted the title 'minor basilica' by the Vatican - increasing the number of basilicas in the country to 15.

‘Minor basilica bestowment an honor that carries obligation of service’
September 15, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said the declaration of the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista in Quezon City as a “minor basilica” is not only an honor and privilege but also carries with it the obligation to serve.

Pope elevates 2 PH churches to ‘minor basilicas’
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LOOK: Heritage churches in Pampanga closed due to damage
Aika Rey April 23, 2019 - with Video

The Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga recommends the temporary closure of all heritage churches in the province pending inspection of their structural integrity

Conservation of E. Samar church’s retablo after the Typhoon last year
August 17, 2020 Hanah Tabios

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) is remotely supervising the conservation of the La Inmaculada Conception Parish’ side retablo in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
Listed as a National Cultural Treasure, the church is one of few in the Philippines to retain a high degree of architectural integrity with its coral construction and unique seashell interior decoration.

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Restoration - Re-dedication of the Newly Restored Guiuan Church

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Rebuilding the churches of Bohol
Isabel L. Templo October 15, 2017

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

Catholic Churches in the Philippines

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

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Catch a glimpse of San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in SM Aura. May 23, 2014

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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595.

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The Archbishop´s Palace, Cebu
An article about:

Ciscara’s Plan for the Cebu Cathedral
An Afterthought on the La Muerte
A Passion of Ivory Images


Tabor Hill chapel
Published on Apr 11, 2017

The Chapel of Holy Relics in Tabor Hill, Barangay Talamban, Cebu City is now home to more than 4,000 relics, after the Vatican added 2,040 more artifacts.

The below Video: Tabor Hill


Santa Ana Chapel

St. John Sahagun Parish

Toledo City, Cebu



The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

also known as the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and informally as Manila Cathedral

a prominent Latin Rite Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

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Covid-19: Manila Cathedral reopens to public after six months
With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the Mother Church of the Philippines is reopening its doors to the public on September 16, while limiting numbers.
Robin Gomes 14 September 2020
The reopening of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, known simply as the Manila Cathedral, is part of an easing of restrictions for religious gatherings in Metro Manila announced by government authorities.

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Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

Bells of Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral
Published on Jul 1, 2017



Devotees venerate blood relic of St. Joh Paul II

and the articles:

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral
Paterno Esmaquel II May 17, 2018
'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral
Paterno Esmaquel II April 07, 2018 - with Video
The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

Manila Cathedral to display blood relic of Pope John Paul II
Paterno Esmaquel II April 02, 2018
'This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,' says the Manila Cathedral

Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral

The Parish of St. John Bosco Tondo
is one of the parishes of the Vicariate of Sto. Niño de Tondo under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Roman Catholics will pay tribute, January 31, to Saint John Bosco, the well-loved founder of the Salesian Order and revered patron saint of boys, school children, and editors.
Five holy masses will be celebrated at the Saint John Bosco Parish in Tondo, Manila


Saint John Bosco
patron saint of school children

Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu
General Luna Street
1850 San Mateo, Rizal

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Our Lady of Aranzazu
e.g. the Canonical coronation on 31 May 2017

The San Sebastian Basilica, in the world list of monuments at risk

better known as San Sebastian Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines, and the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian.

Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church in the Philippines.

Signature campaign vs. high-rise bldg. behind San Sebastian church ongoing
January 12, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
The San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. has launched an online petition to oppose the construction of a 31-storey condominium right behind the country’s iconic and only all-steel church in Manila.

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San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

Basílica Menor de San Sebastián and Its Rebirth
It's a Herculean task that's projected to take 10 years. Is it worth all the effort?
Christa I. De La Cruz Oct 2, 2017

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Filipino: Pambansáng Dambana ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo

also known as Redemptorist Church and colloquially the Baclaran Church, is a prominent Latin Rite Roman Catholic parish church in Metro Manila

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Quiapo Church

located at Plaza Miranda along Quezon Boulevard, Manila, is home to the 17th century life-sized image of the Black Nazarene

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Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church

the Video Feast of St. John the Baptist - Quiapo Church, Manila Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the Feast HERE

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Exploring the relics at Quiapo’s Ocampo Compound
Alecs Ongcal January 09, 2016
FORGOTTEN ICONS. Don Peping's treasures are abandoned at the Ocampo Compound.
The Black Nazarene isn't the only icon in Quiapo – the Ocampo Compound is a treasure trove of relics, myths, and legends


Silsilah, a best-kept secret of Quiapo Church
January 06, 2018

Silsilah Dialogue Movement in Quiapo Church, an office promoting peace between Christians and Muslims

The Santa Ana Church

also known as the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (Spanish: Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados), is a Spanish colonial period church located in the district of Santa Ana in Manila

Centuries-old churches in the Philippines have their own stories to tell. Like this church in Santa Ana Manila now a long standing symbol of the catholic faith, this used to be a burial site of early Filipinos.


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St. Francis of the Assisi Church - Gen. Trias, Cavite
The Church was first built in 1611 by the Franciscan Missionaries. Rebuilt in stone in 1769, repaired and enlarged in 1834 and in 1893. Partially damaged during the earthquake of July 18,1880. The Facade was rebuilt in 1881, beatified in 1885.
Indeed a historical Church, this is where the Banda Matanda practiced the Marcha Filipina before it was played for the Declaration of Philippine Independence by General Aguinaldo in Kawit.


The tree of St. Francis
Vic Jocson Columna October 17, 2020
The more than 12-year-old circular gazebo in front of the two-and-a-half century-old Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in the poblacion of the City of General Trias, Cavite, is not in the original blueprint of the church. The place where the gazebo stands was purposely constructed to shield from the elements the icon of Saint Francis of Assisi that was carved from a fallen heritage acacia tree, which had previously stood on the spot for more than a century.

The Church of the Gesù

is the Roman Catholic church of the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City in the
Philippines. The landmark was designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas. The edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school.

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History of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga

Immemorially, the people of Sta. Cruz and Lubao and its devotees lovingly called the sacred image as Apu Santo Cristo de Lubao, or simply, Apu Santo Cristo, or “Apu.”
If the black image of Sto. Nino de Cebu was Ferdinand Magellan’s present to Rajah Humabon on April 7, 1521, the black Crucifix of the Apu Sto. Cristo de Lubao was Martin de Goiti’s gift to Datu Macabulus to the “Capangpangans” on September 14, 1571.

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"National Museum declares Apung Santo Cristo a cultural property"
One of the oldest crosses in the country has been declared a cultural property of the National Museum. Sep 14, 2015


CBCP declares Padre Pio shrine a national shrine

Devotees are flocking to a shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas recently declared a national shrine by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. This report takes us to the Padre Pio shrine. August 4, 2015

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FAST FACTS: Who is Saint Padre Pio?
Alex Evangelista October 04, 2018

Saint Padre Pio is known to many as a pious priest and a stigmatist. His incorrupt heart relic is set to visit the Philippines Friday, October 5. It will be stationed in various provinces in the country until October 26.

'You are not alone in your suffering,' papal nuncio assures Padre Pio devotees
Paterno Esmaquel II October 06, 2018
Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia presides a Mass at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas – the first stop of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio.

IN PHOTOS: Thousands honor Padre Pio's heart relic in Batangas
October 06, 2018
'Padre Pio invites us to also entrust our hearts to the Lord,' says papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as Saint Padre Pio's heart relic visits the Philippines

the Video: Saint Padre Pio
Dec 30, 2018
"Matanglawin" learns more about Saint Padre Pio's stigmata and incorrupt heart.


Las Piñas Nature Church

The famous Las Piñas Nature Church of the Parish of Mary Immaculate. The church was constructed in 1986 and was conceptualized by former parish priest, Fr. Pierino Rogliardi and executed by noted architect Francisco “Bobby” Manosa and landscapist Linggoy Alvarez., the church is famous for its organic elements - from its anahaw roofing to its benches made from star apple trunks.

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The Divine Mercy

a Christian devotion to the endless merciful love of God towards all people.

The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan is the major church dedicated to Divine Mercy in the Philippines. The Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, has a 15-meters statue of Merciful Jesus (look the below link & video)

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The Video: Divine Mercy Mass
The Healing Eucharist
19 April 2020 ABS-CBN News


The Video: Divine Mercy National Shrine, must-visit places ngayong nalalapit na Holy Week
GMA Public Affairs Apr 3, 2019
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The Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Home of the 50-foot Divine Mercy Statue

LOCATED in the tranquil Hills of PSB Ulaliman, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, Divine Mercy Hills is fast becoming a popular pilgrim site in Mindanao. Discovered in 2003, Divine Mercy Hills used to be planted to coconut trees and sineguelas. Today, it is the home of the 50-foot Divine Mercy Statue, so far the tallest Divine Mercy statue in the world

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and below Dancing Sun Miracle - Divine Mercy Hills

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The Divine Mercy Shrine of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao

History of the original Divine Mercy image

Mary the Queen Parish
San Juan City

Aware of its role in the salvific mission of the Holy Church and of its special apostolic mission concerning the Chinese-Filipino, the Mary the Queen Parish Community shall promote and foster the total Christian formation of its parishioners.

Our lady of Piat basilica

For more than 400 years the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Piat has been a significant event in the lives of devotees of the people in the Cagayan Look more above about "Our lady of Piat" HERE

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Traditional Roman Catholic Church Philippines

Sitio Romlon, Quiot Pardo Cebu City

A Traditional Roman Catholic who propagate celebrating the Tridentine Mass throughout the world especially in the Philippines Mission.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo

Pope Francis appointee installed as new Jolo apostolic vicar
July 17, 2020, Leslie Ann Aquino
Bishop Charlie Inzon was formally installed as apostolic vicar of Jolo on Thursday, July 16

Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo and HERE

LIST: Jolo Cathedral bombings, attacks since 2000
Jodesz Gavilan January 27, 2019
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu, has been the target of many attacks through the years - IMPORTANT look MORE

Baguio Churches & Parishes
Complete list of Churches, Chapels, Shrines & Missions in Baguio City & Benguet with addresses etc.
The "City of God": Historical Churches, Convents and Monasteries

In the Philippines, the baroque churches of the Spanish colonial period constitute the most emblematic element of the country's architectural heritage.

Look the article HERE

Bato church, oldest church in Catanduanes

When the Spaniards came to Catanduanes Island in the latter part of 16th century, they introduced Catholicism, established parishes and built churches just like in any other islands in the Philippines. A legacy that the present day Catanduanes values until today.
One of the churches they built is the St. John the Baptist Church in the town of Bato, Province of Catanduanes.

The Video: BATO CHURCH - Oldest Church in Catanduanes, Bicol
Feb 16, 2020 Lj Berces

Bato church, oldest church in Catanduanes, suffers major damage due to typhoon Rolly
November 4, 2020 Hanah Tabios
While the restoration efforts are still in its final stages, St. John the Baptist Church, the oldest church in the province of Catanduanes suffered major damage during the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Rolly.

Church realities: 1900 - 1965 Church realities: 1900 - 1965
National Shrine of San Antonio de Padua

Pope urges new Philippine shrine be center of missionary outreach
Robin Gomes
The San Antonio de Padua Church in Pila, Laguna, was declared a national shrine during a Mass on April 23, 2019. Pope Francis sent a message for the occasion.

San Antonio de Padua Church now a National Shrine
Roy Lagarde April 23, 2019 Pila, Laguna
Longtime a tourist attraction and pilgrimage site, becomes the San Pablo diocese’s first national shrine and the 25th in the Philippines.
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Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag

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La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc Shrine, Ilocos Norte

Laoag diocese sets date for Badoc church's declaration as minor basilica
Kurt Dela Peña December 27, 2018
The Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments approves the diocese's application to elevate the centuries old church into a minor basilica. Look above and HERE

'Walk on the road to integrity,' bishop urges Ilocanos as church becomes minor basilica
Kurt Dela Peña February 08, 2019
Retired Cotabato Bishop Orlando Quevedo makes the call in his homily at the elevation rite of the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church - photo gallery

also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.


Paoay Church by Ed Antonio

UNESCO's World Heritage

The Church and Fortress of Miagao

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

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the Video: Miagao Church by Ed Antonio

One of the four barouque churches in the Philippines is the Miagao Church or the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva declared as one of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites. It has an amazing structure that stood the test of time. Built in 1787 and later damaged by fire and earthquake and restored in the 1960s

Moalboal In My Mind

Stone churches were meant to withstand time but this one in the town of Moalboal did not. Well it did not because it was not made of stones in the first place.

Century Old Churches of Southern Cebu

St. Gregory The Great Church, Ginatilan
St. Michael Archangel Church, Samboan
St. Francis Xavier Church, Alegria
St. Michael the Archangel, Argao
St. Francis Of Assisi Church, Dumanjug
San Guillermo el Ermitaño, Dalaguete
San Nicolas de Tolentino, Malabuyoc
Patrocinio de Maria Church, Boljoon
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Oslob


Works and art in and out of the churches in Cebu

Churches are not only the center of faith. They also manifest another side of artistry. With this episode of Kabilin entitled BALAANONG MUGNA, together let us appreciate art in and out of the different churches in Cebu. Host: Archaeologist and Professor Jojo Bersales.

The Great Churches of Bohol
Sibonga Church in My Mind


Sta. Monica Parish, Panay Capiz


A tour of the Famous Sta Monica Church in Panay City

The bell's inscription, of course, is in Spanish, and says: I´m the voice of God Which I will carry and exalt from one extreme to the end of this town of Panay an so those faithful in Jesus Christ will come to this house of God to receive the heavenly grace


Our Lady of the Assumption Church Maragondon - Cavite

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, this was erected by the Jesuit friars in the year 1618 and was made a parochial church in 1627. It was declared a national heritage by the national museum in July 31, 2001.

The wooden altar, pulpit and main portal are fine examples of early Filipino craftsmanship.


The Church of the Assumption in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur is one of the four baroque churches of the Philippines inscripted in the UNESCO World Heritage

Ed Antonio

Jaro Cathedral

formally Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles (Spanish: Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro. It is located in the district of Jaro in Iloilo City, Iloilo

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Jaro



Molo Church, Molo, Iloilo

Video featuring highlights of the Molo Church dedicated to Sta Ana/St Anne in Molo, Iloilo, Philippines. Besides its well-preserved Gothic Renaissance architecture, the church is also interesting for its renown as 'The Church of Women', 'Simbahan ng Kababaihan' in Tagalog/Filipino for the 16 statues of women saints set upon columns that flank the church pews.

San Agustin Church

under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila

The Oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

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San Agustin Church Museum - Manila

will keep you busy for hours. If you like delving into the past then you have to put the San Agustin Museum Manila on your itinerary!

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Historic church of Balangiga in Eastern Samar

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By Leonardo Y. Medroso, D.D.

The Bells of Balangiga: Resonances of the Anti-Imperialist Armed Resistance
July 3, 2012 by saludabenedicto in Philippine Society and Revolution

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ALL the Videos e.g. Balangiga bells brought to original church in Eastern Samar town after 117 years - 'Balangiga: A Tale of Two Nations'

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Borongan diocese claims priests in Balangiga Bells turnover asked to leave
December 15, 2018
In a Facebook post, the Diocese of Borongan says President Rodrigo Duterte 'only wants [Archbishop Romulo] Valles to be in the area'
The Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar claimed on Saturday, December 15, that the priests including the bishop of Borongan, the Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of the United States, and the Apostolic Nuncio, and some Catholic leaders were told to leave the turnover of the historic Balangiga Bells, an event attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Some priests were even asked to remove their Roman collars so as not to offend the President. Also, chairs were placed in front of the priests to cover them"

Malacañang denied on Sunday, December 16, that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Catholic Church leaders and priests to leave during the turnover of the historic Balangiga Bells.

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells
Aika Rey December 15, 2018
'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte leads formal turnover of Balangiga bells
RUTH ABBEY GITA December 15, 2018

Joy as U.S-seized bells return to Philippine church
Agence France-Presse December 15, 2018
Residents of Balangiga gather to welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover
Paterno Esmaquel II December 14, 2018
The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15.

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum
Paterno Esmaquel II December 14, 2018 - with Video
'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines
Rambo Talabong December 11, 2018 - with Video
The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901
Carmela Fonbuena December 11, 2018
‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

Returning the Bells
Ambassador Sung Kim December 11, 2018
As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Balangiga Bells' homecoming: 'Time for healing and closure'
Rambo Talabong December 11, 2018
'Now they are home.... It is a time for healing. It is a time for closure,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Duterte to skip Balangiga Bells turnover ceremony
Pia Ranada December 10, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte was initially scheduled to attend the afternoon event on Tuesday, December 11, at the Villamor Air Base
The historic turnover of the Balangiga Bells from the United States to the Philippine government will be taking place without Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte has decided to skip the ceremony, said Malacañang media relations staff. Malacañang has not yet given an explanation for the President's change of plan.

Balangiga Bells to arrive in Manila on December 11
Pia Ranada December 07, 2018
All 3 bells will be formally turned over to the Philippines by the United States in a historic ceremony to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'
Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018
US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH
Paterno Esmaquel II November 14, 2018
The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

After a century, U.S. to return Balangiga Bells
Pia Ranada August 13, 2018 - with Video
Malacañang hails the United States' plan to return the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

America’s burden: Return of the Balangiga bells
August 13, 2018

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church
May 02, 2016
The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar

Forgotten Filipinos - The Filipino genocide


Barasoain Church

also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan. Having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines, and the site of the First Philippine Republic, the Church is proverbial for its historical importance among Filipinos.

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Barasoain Church and Museum

Malolos, Bulacan, Central Luzon - Open Hours: 8:00am - 12:00nn, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday to Friday

The Immaculate Conception Church

(Spanish: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción de María) is a Baroque church located in Poblacion, Upper Jasaan in Misamis Oriental. It was declared by the National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure in Northern Mindanao due to its artistic design and cultural values.

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National Shrine Sacred Heart


Baguio Catholic Cathedral
dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. During World War II it became an evacuation center and withstood the Japanese carpet bombing of the city in 1945, thereby saving thousands of lives.

Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral




St. Joseph Cathedral

Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Caraga

The First Easter Mass was held in 1521. A Mission was founded by the Jesuits in 1596. It was blessed as the First church built in Mindanao in 1597.
The present church was consecrated in 1954 and was elevated as a cathedral by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Patron: St. Joseph

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Butuan


Spanish Colonial Churches in the Philippines


Baroque Churches of the Philippines

These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.


The Pilgrimage Tour of Ilocos Sur

Hosted By Gov DV Savellano

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Central Visayas Heritage Pilgrimage

For its pilot run last Heritage Month of May 2011, Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc., FHFI started with the 7-Days Central Visayas Heritage Pilgrimage covering the churches in Boljoon, Lapu lapu, Mandaue, Cebu Tri Cities, Dumaguete City, Bacong, Siquijor, Lazi, Larena (Bohol), Tagbilaran, Maribojoc, Loon, Loboc, and Baclayon. Msgr. Cris Garcia, SAP, HP is the pilgrimage Chaplain.


South Churches of Cebu - Tour with Balbino Guerrero

Business Administration Students from the University of Visayas, Cebu, and Australian documentary filmmaker Dunc Coleman, board a bus for a one day tour to the southern east coast of Cebu Island to visit five ancient catholic churches in their equally old and pastoral country towns.


The Old Churches of Bohol
65-year-old church bell returns to home in Dumaguete
Mary Judaline Partlow March 4, 2019

A decades-old brass church bell has found its way back to its original Catholic Church parish here after being “away” for 65 years.

The Saint John the Baptist Parish Church, commonly known as Tabaco Church, is a Roman Catholic Church in the city of Tabaco, Albay, Philippines under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Legazpi.
The church of Tabaco was founded by the Franciscans under the advocacy of Saint John the Baptist and became an independent parish in 1616. It was also declared a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.

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The Video: Centuries-old Albay church sees 'worst' damage
Nov 5, 2020 CNN Philippines
Super Typhoon Rolly did not spare the 19th century St. John the Baptist Church in Tabaco City, Albay. A national cultural treasure, it served as an evacuation center of over a hundred families.

Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years
Rhaydz B. Barcia May 06, 2018

The site of the Budiao Ruins is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province of Albay, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins
Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines are excavating the ruins of the historic Budiao Church, which were buried during Mayon volcano's deadliest eruption in 1814.
Only the walls of the church remain visible.

Archaeologists investigate ruins of 2-century-old Budiao Church in Albay
Edgar Allan M. Sembrano May 07, 2018
Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines - Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP) are excavating the ruins of the 18th-century Budiao Church in Daraga, Albay.

Mass held in Budiao Ruins for the first time in 204 years
Rhaydz B. Barcia May 12, 2018
The Budiao archaeological project is the first attempt to investigate and better understand the structure of Budiao Church which was buried by volcanic debris during Mount Mayon's eruption in 1814

LOOK the PHOTOS: Underwater Town in the Philippines Reemerges, and It's an Eerie Sight
The ruins of Old Pantabangan Town is an eerie sight.
Mario Alvaro Limos July 31 2020
The historic town of Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija was abandoned in the 1970s when floodwater from the newly created dam submerged the town and its environs.
Residents were forced to relocate on higher ground, but many pieces of heritage were lost to the rising waters. Among them, an 18th-century church whose belfry stood out above the water like the outstretched arm of a drowning relic.
Augustinian missionaries started to propagate the seed of Catholicism in Nueva Ecija then collectively part of Pampanga as early as 17th century in the pueblos of Gapang (Gapan), Santor (Bongabon), Puncan (Carranglan), Pantabangan, Aliaga and Cuyapo,” wrote Baniaga in his Facebook post, describing the history of the church’s ruins.
Let us not take pieces of rocks and bricks as souvenirs. If every visitor to the Old Town would do this, there won’t be anything left to see for the future generations.”

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Music - Songs - Hymns - Organs - Choirs etc. for many occasions

Songs - Hymns - Etc.

Tributes to Santo Niño


Organs & Organ music

Filipino songs and lyrics for Holidays Traditions - Culture & Rituals etc. in the family and the church

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Apparitions - Miracles - Pilgrimage sites etc.

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‘Holy Land: Sa mga Yapak ni Hesus,’ with English subtitles

GMA Public Affairs Jul 18, 2019
Sandra Aguinaldo went to Israel to go back to the holy sites that witnessed the events of Jesus before his death and resurrection. Found there is Jesus' grave at the Chapel of the Angel, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mt. Zion and other religious locations. Revive these places giving life and proof to the sacrifices of our Creator in this documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo.


'Nasaan si Maria?', dokumentaryo ni Howie G. Severino (full episode)
Apr 10, 2015

Where did the Virgin Mary spend her days after Jesus ascended into the Heavens?

Howie Severino joins a group of pilgrims to visit the house said to be Mama Mary's last refuge.


(both in the album The Miracle at Lipa Carmel)

The Miracle at Lipa Carmel - 1948 Marian Apparition

Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces (Tagalog: Aming Inang Tagapamagitan ng lahat ng Biyaya) is an alleged Marian apparition that took place in the Carmelite Monastery of Batangas, Philippines, to a religious postulant, Teresita Castillo. The apparition is known in the Philippines for the rose petals which showered within the vicinity of the monastery, some bearing religious Catholic imagery which believers hold to be miraculous.

Initially declared by a local bishop as non-supernatural in 1951, the case was reopened in 1991 and is pending investigation by the Holy See while the Metropolitan Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Archdiocese of Lipa find "no objection in the veneration of Mary and its doctrine" under this title. Presently, the Marian veneration is tolerated and endorsed by the Archdiocese of Lipa and the Archdiocese of Manila.

On March 3, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI was presented a Mediatrix statue by Bishop Guillermo Afable during the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Ad Limina visit, to which the pontiff was photographed and exclaimed ''La Madonna!" in a surprised happy gesture. On March 9, 2011, a life-sized Mediatrix statue brought by Filipino bishops was publicly displayed in the general Wednesday papal audience at Pope Paul VI Audience Hall.

The religious image described and sculpted according to the vision of Teresita Castillo is licensed and approved by the Archdiocese of Manila for public veneration in various Filipino religious communities. Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Madam Mercedes Arrastia Tuason is a known devotee of the Marian title and displays a large statue in her consulate office in Rome.
Misteryo ng Monasteryo,' dokumentaryo ni Sandra Aguinaldo
Mar 28, 2016
Animnapu't pitong taon matapos ang milagrosong pangyayari sa Mt. Carmel Monastery, muling bumalik si Sandra Aguinaldo upang alamin ang katotohanan sa likod nito.

Read more HERE and look the video "Carmelite Monastery, Lipa City - Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace" HERE


Apparition of St. Joseph in the Philippines
Uploaded on Mar 24, 2009

The Miraculous lifesize statue of St. Joseph heals the sick filipino people with cancer, leukemia and other form of diseases. St. Joseph apparition in the Philippines happened in March 22, 1975 at the rooftop of Dr. Albert Elementary School in Dapitan, Manila, Philippines to Blessed Master John now 59 years old. The Glorious Apparition day was celebrated last March 22, 2009 attended by devotees of St. Joseph Mission.

The statue of St. Joseph sleeping that Pope Francis keeps in his room


Virgin’s Well: Faith and healing in Manaoag, Pangasinan

The season of Lent is a time for healing, both physically and spiritually. In Manaoag, Pangasinan, the healers and the sick come together for the miraculous water of the Virgin’s Well.


Dancing Sun Miracle - Divine Mercy Hills
Oct 10, 2013

Over 10,000 devotees witnessed the inexplicable solar phenomenon — truly, a Divine, and Supernatural Manifestation that occurred in El Salvador city, during Feast Day of the Divine Mercy (Mercy Sunday).
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Marian Orchard, Balete, Batangas
Welcome Pilgrims to The Marian Orchard!

PHOTOS: Marian Orchard, Balete, Batangas

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Marian Orchard sa Balete, Batangas, perfect gawing pilgrimage site
GMA Public Affairs Apr 8, 2019
Naghahanap ba kayo ng puwedeng mapuntahang pilgrimage site? Perfect for prayer and reflection ang Marian Orchard sa Balete, Batangas na binisita ni Mariz Umali kung saan makikita rito ang ilang European-inspired gardens.

Marian Orchard, Batangas
Shaina M Mar 18, 2018
One of the churches you can visit this holy week in Batangas, 50 pesos entrance fee located in Tanuan, Batangas


Mt. Banahaw
Mount Banahaw is one of the active volcanos in the Philippines. The mountain and its environs are considered sacred by the local residents because of its "holy water", which allegedly have beneficial qualities, issuing forth from local springs and its "puwestos, or the "holy sites". Their location having been revealed to a man in the Spanish Era by the "Santo Boses" or the "Holy Voice".
Pilgrim Site Every Holy Week

Sta. Lucia Falls - The Healing Waters of Mt. Banahaw

Devotees visits Mount Banahaw

Mt. Banahaw's Suprema De La Ciudad Mystica De Dios

Thousands set on pilgrimage to 'New Jerusalem', Mt. Banahaw
Jul 21, 2015
As the Philippines observe Holy Week, thousands of Catholics set out on a pilgrimage to a volcano in an area they call the 'New Jerusalem'.
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Mt. Banahaw: The Mystic Mountain and Pilgrim Site Every Holy Week
Mt. Banahaw is a famous traditional pilgrimage site for the locals and native tourists especially during the Holy Week, when psychic energy is said to be dominating the area. It is also the said place where faith and spiritual healers get their mystic powers during the divine intervention on Holy Week. Look the article as pdf HERE

The Altar of Mt. Banahaw and more about the Mystic Mountain

The Inner Secrets Of Banahaw by Tingting Cojuangco

The Case of the Ciudad Mistica de Dios by/Floro C. Quibuyen

Mount Banahaw : The Power Mountain - From Ritualism to Spirituality
Vitaliano R. Gorospe, S.J.

Water is flowing again within Mount Banahaw, noted someone who intends to visit the "Holy Mountain" on Holy Week.


Tabor Hill - Talamban, Cebu City
Cebu Videos May 5, 2019

OAD Tabor Hill in Talamban, Cebu City

The above Video: Tabor Hill chapel

Archbishop Camomot's Pilgrimage
and remains are enshrined within the compound of Congregation of the Daughters of St Teresa de Avila Chapel in Villadolid, Carcar.

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These 7 beautiful pilgrimage sites are just a few hours from Metro Manila
Rhea Claire Madarang Mar 29, 2015

Whether you'd like to pray, reflect, or just take in the beauty of the surroundings, these locations may be for you.

There may be times when you want to commune with God not just inside a church, but outside, in the beauty of nature.

Visit these 12 pilgrimage sites close to Metro Manila
Jillian Cariola Published: March 17 2016
During your pilgrimage don’t forget to include these sites to your spiritual journey.


Pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal, dinarayo tuwing Semana Santa

Ngayong umaga ay bumisita si Love Añover sa Regina Rica, isang sikat na pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal na dinarayo raw ng mga deboto lalo na tuwing Semana Santa. Aired: (March 16, 2018)

Trash dumping in pilgrimage sites 'inexcusable'
April 16, 2017

EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of mounds of trash in popular Lenten pilgrimage sites


IMPORTANT look also The Pope's statements on family - etc. and

Divorce - annulment of marriage

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Look MUCH about Courtship, Wedding, Marriage Culture and Traditions

Wedding Culture - Marriage in the Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina
Culture, Paperwork, Rules, Guidelines, Requirements
Civil registration - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements
Marriage - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements - other religions,  Ethnic groups
Thoughts on Marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims
Dating and “Live-in” relationship


Catholic Guidelines, Requirements

Child Spouses - Early Marriage

How to Become a Roman Catholic Convert

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How to Become a Roman Catholic Convert

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum (OICA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and older children, with younger children initiated through an adapted version sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).


An introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey of faith. This introductory talk reflects upon the different ways in which we use the word faith


The RCIA Process
How to become Catholic through RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Learn why someone should become Catholic and how to narrow down all religions to one in five key questions

Catholic Converts
Association of Pastors Converted to the Catholic Church of the Phil.

This organization is the organization of Pastors converted and became committed to serve the mother church, the Roman Catholic Church


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Vatican advocates for responsible freedom of expression
Vatican News 23 June 2020

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) advocates for freedom of expression for the media, especially in regards to religion

Group slams gov't official for 'hysterical red-tagging' of activist nun
Kyle Aristophere Atienza June 20, 2020

The Movement Against Tyranny is demanding a public apology from NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson and PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy for making 'condemnable' allegations against Sister Mary John Mananzan that has put the nun's 'life and liberty in peril'


Why Christians should protest
May 25, 2020

This discussion may shake your faith or make it stronger. Historian Leloy Claudio questions the tenets of some religions.
Sociologist and development studies associate professor Jayeel Cornelio and Hebrew scriptures scholar and theology teacher Rico Villanueva discuss the controversial topic of Christians "meddling" in politics. Look also this article


in the album The Life in & with the Church, Etiquette & Why Do Catholics Do What They Do? - Etc.

Youcat for Kids gives easy explanations for questions about faith
Feb 21, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English
Young Filipino Catholics search for 'supportive' Church
Robin Gomes 22 July 2019

More than 5,000 Catholics concluded the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) on Sunday in the capital, Manila, recognizing the need to accompany young people in their search for role models.


'Si Lola Petra at ang Santo Papa'
GMA News Oct 7, 2015

Aboard the Papal plane, Kara David gets an audience with the Pope where she shares the story of Lola Petra, the oldest female inmate in the Philippines' correctional facility for women. Date aired: February 7, 2015


Save the Family, Save the Children
Oct 27, 2020 ANC 24/7

Family plays a crucial role in the society. It's the basic building block of a community. But challenges are no stranger to any family and it adversely affects its members, and in consequently, pose risks to the society as a whole. This TV special tackles how saving a family can build a strong society.

The Pope and the Vatican

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Theology of Pope Francis and Etc.

The Pope and the Vatican

Extraordinary Jubilee and The Global Holy Year Of Mercy
The Pope's statements on family - gay - etc.

Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors & Investigation of sexual abuse of minors to face Church judgement.

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

Masses, messages and Blessings - examples updated February 17, 2021


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Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus
Agence France-Presse May 31, 2020

'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis

Links - informations - Good to know for the daily life

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Religion and our state
Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino August 04, 2017

When 'secular state' becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself, that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

Religions - outside the Catholic Church - and Atheism - Etc.
Muslim culture general & laws
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)
a fellowship of ten mainline Protestant and non Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines denominations, and ten service-oriented organizations in the Philippines
Web Journal of Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR

About Philippines recommend to follow this

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Festivals - Fiestas Many of these "Festivals - Fiestas - Events" are catholic festivals e.g. Sinulog

Sex and Religion in Manila

Take A Look. This video shows how hard the life of these peoples are in the Philippines! Uploaded on Nov 27, 2011

Remark this is an album in the album "Poverty - etc."

About Philippines thinks: not much have changed here in 2018


The moment has come for the laity to put forward a unified response to the need to preserve Catholic values.

YMCA Manila

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA or the Y)

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YWCA Philippines

Young Women’s Christian Association

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Holy Family Monastery

Many good link and informations

Catholic Information Service
Teachings and Beliefs of the Catholic Church
Department of Tourism - DOT eyes Philippines as 'religious pilgrimage' destination
Jan 23 2018
MEFP, Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines

the umbrella organization of about 100 parish based and trans-parochial marriage encounter communities.

It is an accredited National Lay Organization of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines

Society of Saint Pius X - District of Asia SSPX

Philippine - Filipinas

Catholic Youth Organization in the Philippines

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Through the supervision of Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, ECY, and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, director of the CBCP Office on Mass Media, a group of youth ministers, missionaries and coordinators was organized to work in the setting up of a website that will serve as a rich information portal of the events, updates and activities in within the youth apostolate. - The group has come to be called YouthPinoy

Filipino Chinese Catholic Youth Adults, FCCYA - Manila

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Remark this is an album in the album "Catholic Organizations and Communities"

Pondo ng Pinoy small things, given with great love and concern for others, can change the world for the better, specially the poor...

Catholic Orphanages Catholic Children´s Shelter - Institutions - Orphanages and Asylums

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Basilica Shop del Sto. Niño

If you know an e-mail address or link, please SEND a MAIL, so many ask for such ones

Malteser International

The Order of Malta’s International Relief Corps

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Manila St. Andrew's Society

St. Andrew is e.g. the patron saint of Manila and many more parish  cities in the Philippines

Auxiliary - Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA)

AMA (Associate Missionaries of the Assumption) Volunteer Program, Philippines

Defensores Fidei Foundation DFF

a Roman Catholic non-stock, non-profit, lay foundation comprised of 10 businessmen and professionals, devoted to explaining and defending Catholic doctrine.

+ CATHOLIC ANSWER + Many good link
The Miraculous Medal

also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal originated by Saint Catherine Labouré following her reported vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jesuit Communications - Philippines

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The Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (AFCCPC) is an umbrella and networking organization of Catholic prayer groups or communities, with Filipino membership, in the USA and Canada.
Traditional Roman Catholic in the Philippines Mabuhay! Welcome to this blog dedicated in spreading news regarding related happening concerning the restoration and promotion of orthodox and traditional Roman Catholic customs, traditions, practices, music, sacred art and liturgy in the Philippine setting.
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East Asian Pastoral Institute, Philippines

A multicultural Catholic community


Jose Mario C. Francisco, S.J., current EAPI director

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"A Balikbayan family"

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