About Our Bishop

Born on August 31, 1956, in Davao City.
Ordained Priest on April 12, 1980, Sta. Ana Parish, Davao City
Appointed Bishop on June 30, 2007
Ordained Bishop on August 20, 2007 San Pedro Cathedral, Davao City
Installed as 3rd Bishop, Prelature of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on September 11, 2007
Installed First Bishop of the Diocese of Ipil on August 7, 2010

Coat of Arms

The upper field has the representation of a glorious sunburst, the monogram of the Society of Jesus-IHS surrounded by the cross. The “IHS” are the first letters of the name Jesus in Greek. This has reference to the Society of Jesus, and the points to the fact that Ipil was first evangelized and organized by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus and to remind that the local Church of Ipil is what it is now because of the zeal of the Jesuit missionaries. The red color of the field underscores the blazing apostolic zeal and commitment of these founding missionaries – the same apostolic zeal and commitment that the local Church wishes to keep in her present task of continuing evangelization. 
 
The middle portion portrays some ordinary tools of a carpenter – a handsaw, hammer and a measuring square. These tools remind that St. Joseph, the Carpenter, is the Patron of the Diocese and that the Diocese of Ipil is a local Church of hardworking people engaged in manual labor – farmers, carpenters, fisherfolks, and other trades. St. Joseph is the working man’s model and intercessor. The gold color of the fields signifies the dignity of St. Joseph and the dignity of labor. This reminds us of the profound truth that all who labor and toil honesty and honorably participate in the creative power of God. 
 
The lower filed contains representations of trees and plants, mountains and fields, a river with some figures of fish. This conveys the abundant natural endowment of Ipil. The river symbolizes Sibugay River, the river after whose name this province in the Zamboanga Peninsula is named. The green color reflects God’s bounty in Ipil and tells of the commitment of the new Diocese to protect and preserve the environment. 
 
The Motto: “Habebant Omnia Communia”. (The believers shared everything in common) (Acts 2:42) proclaims that the faithful of the Diocese of Ipil, in the midst of her poverty, wishes to express her richness in her Basic Ecclesial Communities from where the springs her vision and mission towards apostolic communion of goods. 
 
This Christian ideal rooted in the Gospel of the Victorious Lamb is the banner which the new Diocese would move forward in unity. Impassioned by the life of the early Christian community, the Diocese of Ipil confidently hopes to witness the gospel truth through her proclamation of the Word, fidelity in sacramental life, works of charity, “responding to everyone’s needs” and reaching out towards dialogue of life and culture.