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DIOCESE

Diocesis Masbatensis

Suffragan of Caceres

Created: on March 23, 1968. Erected on September 25, 1968. Comprises
the civil province of Masbate with its one hundred twenty one islands.
Titular: St. Anthony of Padua.

Bishop
Most Reverend
JOSE SALMORIN BANTOLO, DD, PhL, MA
3rd Bishop of Masbate
Date of Birth: November 12, 1960. Place of Birth: Guisijan,
Laua-an, Antique. Appointed Bishop: June 15, 2011.
Ordained Bishop: August 22, 2011. Installed: September 6, 2011.
Address:
Bishop’s Residence
5400 Masbate City, Philippines
Postal Address:
Bishop’s Residence 5400 Masbate City, Philippines
or
Masbate Diocesan Pastoral Center Quezon St., 5400 Masbate City, Philippines
Tel./Fax: (056) 333-2202
Website: http//www.dioceseofmasbate.org
Past Bishops
+Most Reverend Porfirio R. Iligan, DD
(Appointed Bishop: June 17, 1968 / 1st Bishop of Masbate)
Most Reverend Joel Z. Baylon, DD
(Appointed Bishop: February 14, 1998 / 2nd Bishop of Masbate)

Present Status
Area of Territory…… 7,000 sq.kms.
Total Population………… 903,926
No. of Catholics… ……… 846,973
Personnel:
Bishop… …………………… 1
Priests:
Active in the Diocese… …64
Active in other Dioceses in the Phils. …………… 2
On Study Leave … ……… 1
On Sabbatical Leave… … 1
Working Abroad on Loan… …………… 1
Guest Priest (Filipinos)…… 1
Religious Sisters:
Filipinos … …………………31
Foreigners ………………… 6
Total………………………37
Seminaries:
Pre-College… ……………… 1
Minor………………………… 1
Seminarians:
Diocesan:
Theology………………… 8
Philosophy… ……………11
Minor… ……………… 103
Diocesan Divisions:
Vicariates… ………………… 7
Parishes………………………34
Chaplaincies………………… 1
Chapels…………………… 583
Educational Centers:
Diocesan Owned and
Administered Schools:
Kindergarten… ……… 461
Grade School… ……… 653
High School………… 3,254
Colleges/Univ.……… 1,040
Total……………… 5,253
Religious Owned and
Administered Schools:
Kindergarten… ……… 181
Grade School… ……… 293
High School…………… 380
Sacraments & Sacramentals:
Baptism………………… 22,696
Confirmations… ……… 6,201
First Communion……… 2,867
Marriages:
Between Catholics…… 2,531
Between Catholics &
Non-Catholics …………28
Death (Catholics)…… … 1,774
Deaths… ……………… 2,154
Other Institutions:
Hospitals… ………………… 1
Retreat Centers……………… 2
Pastoral Centers… ………… 1
Radio Station………………… 1
Dormitories… ……………… 1
Others:
TV Stations (Spirit TV &
CCTN)… ……………… 1
Drug-Rehabilitation
Center………………… 1
Necrology (2017-present)……… 1

DIOCESAN CURIA

Chancery
Address:
Chancery, Diocese of Masbate,
Quezon St.,
5400 Masbate City, Philippines
Postal Address:
Chancery, Diocese of Masbate,
Quezon St., 5400 Masbate City,
Philippines
Tel./Fax: (056) 333-2202
Email:
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Website:
http//www.dioceseofmasbate.org
Bishop: Most. Rev. Jose S. Bantolo,
DD
Vicars General: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A.
Llonoso (Administration); Rev.
Fr. Antonino A. Ng (Formation)
Secretary-Chancellor: Rev. Fr. John
Emerson L. Tepait
Oeconomus: Rev. Fr. Jenious A.
Mansalay
Chancery Secretary: Sr. Catherine
A. Destura, DSJ
Bookkeeper: Sr. Belinda P. Arcenal,
DSJ
Liaison Officer: Richard Y. De-una
Utility/Driver: Mario Danao
Office Clerk: Marlene G. Orbiso
Administrative Section
Board of Consultors:
Chairman: Most Rev. Jose S. Bantolo,
DD
Ex Officio Members:
Vicars General: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A.
Llonoso (Administration); Rev.
Fr. Antonino A. Ng (Formation)
Secretary-Chancellor: Rev. Fr. John
Emerson L. Tepait
Oeconomus: Rev. Fr. Jenious A.
Mansalay
Seminary Rector: Rev. Fr. Marvin P.
Corbita
Catholic Schools: Rev. Fr. Gil G. Cordova
Superintendent: Most Rev. Jose S.
Bantolo, DD
Appointed Members: Rev. Fr. Valente
M. Andales; Rev. Fr. Lorenzo
V. Bautista
Presbyteral Council:
Chairman: Most Rev. Jose S. Bantolo,
DD
Ex Officio Members:
Vicars General: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A.
Llonoso (Administration); Rev.Fr. Antonino A. Ng (Formation)
Secretary-Chancellor: Rev. Fr. John Emerson L. Tepait
Oeconomus: Rev. Fr. Jenious A. Mansalay
Seminary Rector: Rev. Fr. Marvin P. Corbita
Catholic Schools: Rev. Fr. Gil G. Cordova
Superintendent: Rev. Fr. Jiovani C. Gulmatico
Appointed: (7 Vicars Forane): Rev.
Fr. Emerito R. Castillo (St. Paschal Baylon); Rev. Fr. Paolo G.
Cervantes (Holy Cross); Rev. Fr.
Lorenzo V. Bautista (St. Anthony of Padua); Rev. Fr. Francisco L. Abada Jr. (Our Lady of Pilar); Rev. Fr. Glenn F. Rivas (St. Joseph);
Rev. Fr. Eutiqiuo P. Samson Jr. (Sts. Peter & Paul); Rev. Fr. Jesus A. Tamayo (St. Vincent Ferrer)
Elected Member: Rev. Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido

PASTORAL SECTION

Committee on Administration
Chairman: Most Rev. Jose S. Bantolo,DD
Members: Rev. Fr. Ely M. Alvarez; Rev. Fr. Gary M. Bacolod; Rev. Fr. Arnel R. Espenilla
Committee on Personnel
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A. Llonoso
Members: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel B. Basas; Rev. Fr. Nathaniel M. Cañares; Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Bravante
Committee on Formation
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Antonino A. Ng
Members: Rev. Msgr. Claro V. Caluya III; Rev. Fr. Eligio M. Cañete; Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Committee on Temporalities
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Jenious A. Mansalay
Member: Rev. Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido
Diocesan Commissions,
Offices and Directors Liturgy:
Director: Rev. Fr. Francisco L. Abada Jr.
Asst. Director: Rev. Fr. Valente M. Andales
Members: Rev. Fr. Paolo G. Cervantes;
Rev. Fr. Gerardo B. Almanzor Jr.
Clergy/On-going Formation:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Antonino A. Ng
Members: Rev. Msgr. Aquino
T. Atendido; Rev. Fr. Emerito
R. Castillo; Rev. Fr. Victor D. Tamayo
Biblical Apostolate:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Eutiquio P. Samson Jr.
Members: Rev. Fr. Jerry E. Macabuhay; Rev. Fr. Gerardo B. Almanzor Jr.; Rev. Ely M. Alvarez
Family and Life:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Rey S. Rivera
Members: Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Bravante; Rev. Fr. Jesus A. Tamayo; Rev. Fr. Emerito R. Castillo
Vocations/Seminaries:
Director: Rev. Fr. Lloyd Ian A. Arizobal
Members: Rev. Fr. Glenn F. Rivas; Rev. Fr. Hernan S. Rebaya
Religious Formation (Catechesis and Catholic Education):
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Antonino L. Bagalihog
Members: Rev. Fr. Ryan V. Padasas; Rev. Fr. Roel A. Acuesta; Rev. Fr. Gerardo B. Almanzor Jr.
(Masbate Catechetical Ministry):
Director: Rev. Fr. Antonino L. Bagalihog
Youth:
Director: Rev. Fr. Valente M. Andales
Members: Rev. Fr. Cristino Y.
Lobitaña III; Rev. Fr. Pablito D. Bendibil Jr.
Prison Pastoral Care:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Felix C. Ponferrada
Members: Rev. Fr. Eutiquio P. Samson Jr.; Rev. Fr. Nathaniel M. Cañares; Rev. Jerry E. Macabuhay
Mission:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Danilo P. Dela Bajan Jr.
Members: Rev. Fr. Hernan S. Rebaya;
Rev. Fr. Eutiquio P. Samson Jr.
Health Care:
Priest in-Charge: Rev. Msgr. Quintin C. Feraren Jr.
Laity: Priest’s in-Charge: Rev. Msgr. Claro V. Caluya III; Rev. Fr. Bienvenido V. Bautista; Rev. Fr. Gary M. Bacolod
Culture/Cultural Heritage:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Bienvenido V. Bautista
Members: Rev. Fr. Cesar V. Laurio;
Rev. Fr. Emerito R. Castillo; Rev. Fr. Valente M. Andales
Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs):
Diocesan-Coordinator: Rev. Fr.
Fidel A. Tambago Jr.
Member: Rev. Fr. Vicente B. Riveral Jr.
Doctrine of the Faith:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Francisco L. Abada Jr.
Members: Rev. Fr. Eutiquio A.
Samson Jr.; Rev. Fr. Gerardo B. Almanzor Jr.; Rev. Fr. Ely M. Alvarez
Canon Law:
Chairman: Rev. John Emerson L. Tepait
Members: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A. Llonoso;
Rev. Fr. Eligio M. Cañete
Social Action:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Jenious A. Mansalay
Member: Rev. Fr. Gregorio V. Esquillo Jr.
Social Communications/Mass Media:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Raymond Rhys A. Garrucho
Member: Rev. Fr. Valente M. Andales
Ecumenical Affairs/Inter-Religious
Dialogue:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Ely M. Alvarez
Migrants and Itinerant Peoples:
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Member: Rev. Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido
Lay Organizations and Movements
Marian Associations and Eucharistic
Devotions:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Asst. Spiritual Director: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel B. Basas
Catholic Charismatic Groups/Movements:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev.Fr. Raymond Rhys A. Garrucho
Asst. Spiritual Directors: Rev. Fr. Glenn F. Rivas
Holy Name Society:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev.
Fr. Edgar T. Mamporte
Asst. Spiritual Directors: Rev. Fr.Eutiquio P. Samson Jr.; Rev. Fr.Rey S. Rivera
Catholic Women’s League:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev.Fr. Rey S. Rivera
Mother Butlers Mission Guild:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev.Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Asst. Spiritual Director: Rev.Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido
Knights of Columbus:
Diocesan Spiritual Director/
Chaplain: Rev. Msgr. Aquino T.Atendido
Assistant Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Family Rosary Crusade:
Diocesan Spiritual Director: Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Asst. Spiritual Directors: Rev. Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido; Rev.Fr. Antonino A. Ng; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel B. Basas
Neo-Catechumenal Way:
Priest in-Charge: Rev. Msgr. Claro V. Caluya III
Assistants: Rev. Msgr. Hermas F. Laurio; Rev. Msgr. Quintin C. Feraren Jr.
Parishes/Parochial Clergy
Vicariate Of St. Paschal Baylon - Burias Island
Parish of St. Paschal Baylon, San Pascual,Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Emerito R. Castillo
Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Mabini, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Michael Y. Lobitaña
Parish of St. Isidore, Claveria, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Pablito D. Bendibil Jr.
Parish of the Holy Trinity, Pasig, Claveria, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Gerardo B. Almanzor Jr.
Vicariate Of The Holy Cross, Ticao Island
Parish of St. Michael the Archangel, Monreal, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Paolo G. Cervantes
Parish of the Holy Cross, San Jacinto, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Bravante
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Godwin L. Cerrudo
Parish of the Holy Infant Jesus, San Fernando, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Nathaniel M. Cañares
Parish of Immaculate Conception, Batuan, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Rey S. Rivera
Vicariate Of Sts. Peter And Paul
Parish of St. Isidore, Cawayan, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Leopoldo A. Tambago
Priest in-Charge: Rev. Fr. Fidel A.Tambago
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Arthur A. Aragon
Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Del Carmen, Uson, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Joey M. Saut
Parish of Holy Name of Jesus, Palanas, Masbate
Parish Priest and Vicar General
for Administration: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A. Llonoso
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Ryan V. Padasas
Parish of St. Joseph, Dimasalang, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel B. Basas
Parochial VIcar: Rev. Fr. Carlos B. Toledo
Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, Uson, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Eutiqiuo P. Samson Jr.
Parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Buenavista, Uson, Masbate, (will be prepared to eventually be declared as a new Parish)
Priest Priest: Rev. Fr. Hernan S. Rebaya
Vicariate Of St. Vincent Ferrer
Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer, Cataingan, Masbate
Parish Priest and Vicar General
for Formation of Priests: Rev. Fr. Antonino A. Ng
Parish of the Holy Spirit, Li-ong, Cataingan, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Edgar T.Mamporte
Parish of San Pedro Calungsod, Sto.Niño, Cataingan, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Vicente B. Riveral Jr.
Parish of St. Roche, Esperanza, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Gerald A. Morales
Parish of Our Lady of Remedies, Placer, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jesus A. Tamayo
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Gregorio V. Esquillo Jr.
Parish of St. Roche, Pio V. Corpus, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ruel B. Mendoza
Vicariate Of St. Joseph
Parish of Sto. Niño, Pulanduta, Balud,Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Glenn F. Rivas
Parish of Immaculate Conception, Balud, Masbate
Rev. Fr. Ely M. Alvarez
Parish of the Holy Family, San Pablo, Mandaon, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Roel A. Acuesta
Parish of St. Bernard Abbot, Mandaon Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Bienvenido V. Bautista
Paroch. Vicar: Rev. Fr. Marcelo Em
Parish of St. Joseph, Milagros, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Felix C. Ponferrada
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Manolo S. Martinez
Vicariate Of Our Lady Of The Pillar
Parish of Jesus the Nazarene, Tinigban, Aroroy, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jerry E. Macabuhay
Chapel of Sto. Niño, Puro, Aroroy, Masbate
Chaplain: Rev. Msgr. Quintin C. Ferraren Jr.
Parish of San Padre Pio, Luy-a, Aroroy, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Francisco L. Abada Jr.
Parish of St. Raphael the Archangel, Aroroy, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Joseph G. Delos Santos
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Cristino Y. Lobitaña III
Parish of Our Lady of the Pillar, Baleno, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Isidro C. Merillo Jr.
Vicariate Of St. Anthony De Padua
Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Malinta, Masbate City
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Reynald A. Dela Rosa
Parish of Nicholas of Tolentino,Mobo, Masbate
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Gary M. Bacolod
Parochial Vicar, In-charge of the Neo-Catechumenal Way,
Special Ministry at the Masbate National Comprehensive
High School: Rev. Msgr. Claro V. Caluya III
Parish of St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral, Masbate City
Parish Priest: Most Rev. Jose S. Bantolo, DD
Rector: Rev. Fr. Lorenzo V. Bautista
Parochial Vicar, Station Manager
Spirit FM Radio/TV: Rev. Fr. Raymond Rhys A. Garrucho
Parochial Vicars: Rev. Fr. Jenious A. Mansalay; Rev. Fr. Cesar V. Laurio
Parish of St. Patrick, Cagba, Masbate City / Liceo De Masbate And Macea Schools
Parish Priest, Vice-President for Administration Liceo de Masbate and Assistant Superintendent of MACEA: Rev. Fr. Arnel C. Bruza
Parochial Vicar, Director of Youth Commission: Rev. Fr. Valente M. Andales
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Danilo P. Dela Bajan Jr.
St. Anthony De Padua High School Seminary And Priestly Formation
Rector: Rev. Fr. Marvin P. Corbita
Prefect of Discipline/Principal: Rev. Fr. Loyd Ian A. Arizobal
Special Assignments
Rev. Fr. Jenious A. Mansalay (Diocesan Oeconomus); Rev. Fr. John Emerson L. Tepait (Secretary Chancellor); Rev. Fr. Caesar V. Laurio
(In-charge of the Special ministry in Liturgical Music of the Diocese); Rev. Fr. Vicente C. Gomez
(In-charge of the Special ministry on print and publication); Rev. Msgr. Aquino T. Atendido
(In-charge of Balay- Padi and Special Projects of the Diocese); Rev. Msgr. Hermas F. Laurio
(In-charge of the Special Ministry on Diocesan Pastoral Programs, Family Catechesis and Ministry for the Neo Catechumenal Way); Rev. Fr. Jomel
Ian F. Dela Cruz (Formator [Naga-Sedes Sapentia])
Other Information
Rev. Fr. Victor D. Tamayo (On Study Leave and Chaplain of Filipino
Community in Vienna, Austria); Rev.Fr. Julius Anave (Priest on Leave)

Educational Centers

Liceo de Masbate Colleges, Quezon St. 5400 Masbate City
Tel.: (056) 333-2276
President: Rev. Fr. Arnel C. Bruza
Research/Planning Officer: Rev.Fr. Valente M. Andales
Liceo de San Jose, 5410 Milagros,Masbate
School Principal: Mrs. Meriam H. Burdeos
Liceo de Baleno, 5413 Baleno, Masbate
School Principal: Myrna Barrun
Andres Soriano Junior Memorial School,
Filminera, Puro, 5414 Aroroy,Masbate
School Principal: Aliw Velarde
Immaculate Conception Academy, 5412 Balud, Masbate
School Principal: Vince Villaruel
Asst. School Principal: Marilou B. Baldismo
ICA Parish Learning Center
Principal: Andrea Navarro
Holy Name Academy, 5404 Palanas, Masbate
School Principal: Sr. Veronica Purto, AR Sacro Costato School, E. Montemurro Mission Center, Cagba, 5400 Masbate City
School Administrator: Sr. Salvina Cataldi, MSC
School Principal: Sr. Marife R. Mativo, MSC
St. Joseph Learning Center, 5401 Mobo, Masbate
School Directress: Sr. Catherine A. Destura, DSJ
Blue Angel Learning Center, 5416 San Fernando, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Nathaniel M. Cañares
St. Raphael the Archangel Learning Center, 5414 Aroroy, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Joseph G. Delos Santos
St. Isidore Learning Center, 5409 Cawayan, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Michael Y. Lobitaña
Our Lady of the Pillar Learning Center, 5413 Baleno, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Plutarco M. Opinio Jr.
St. Vincent Ferrer Learning Center, Cataingan, 5405 Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Antonino A. Ng
St. Anthony of Padua Learning Center,
Pulanduta, 5412 Balud, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Glenn F.Rivas
Holy Family Learning Center, San Pablo, 5411 Mandaon, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Roel A. Acuesta
St. John Mary Vianney Preparatory
Learning Center, Palanas, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Eusebio A. Llonoso
Principal: Margie Andales
Liceo de San Pedro Calungsod Learning
Center, Sto. Niño, Cataingan, Masbate
School Director: Rev. Fr. Vicente B. Riveral Jr.
Principal: Francee Ann Dangcil

Miscellaneous Listing

Formation/Retreat House
Masbate Clergy Formation Center
(BPRIMH - Balay Padi), BPRIMH,
Balay Padi, Seminary Hills, Pulangbato, Kinamaligan, 5400 Masbate City, Philippines
Tel.: (056) 333-2202
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Jenious A.
Mansalay (Diocesan Oeconomus)
Rosary Hills Solitude, Gumaca, Baleno, 5413 Masbate
Administrator: Rev. Fr. Antonino L. Bagalihog
Casa E Montemurro, Cagba, 5400 Masbate City
Tel.: (056) 582-0133
Administrator: Sr. Salvina Catildi, MSC
Fazenda da Esperanca, Guest House, Bangad, 5410 Milagros, Masbate
Administrator: Bro. Richardson
Pereira da Silva & Familia de Esperanca
Other Centers
Fazenda da Esperanca, Masbate Drug
Rehabilitation Center, Bangad, Milagros. 5410 Masbate
Mobile: (0917) 501-4041; (0915)501-4028 (center for boys); (0917) 582-2238 (center for girls)
Website: www.masbate.m @fazenda.org.br
Administrator: Familia da Esperanca (Family of Hope) TV and Radio Station
Spirit TV /FM 98.3, Masbate, St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral Compound, Quezon St., 5410 Masbate
Tel.: (056) 582-0472
Website: www.spiritfmmasbate.net.tc
Station Manager: Rev. Fr. Raymond Rhys A. Garrucho

Institutes of Consecrated Life or Societies of Apostolate

for Men and Women present in the Diocese

WOMEN

Daughters of St. Joseph (DSJ)
Augustinian Recollect Sisters (AR)
Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church (DM)
Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker (SSJW)
Missionary Sisters of the Sacro Costato and the Sorrowful Mother (MSC)
Daughters of Charity (DC)
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mensa Domini
Private Association of the Faithful
Familia da Esperança
† Necrology †
2017: Rev. Fr. Lesmes A. Tamayo