The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines: From Birth to Bohol

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The Philippines, “discovered” by Ferdinand Magellan for Spain in 1521, was officially incorporated to the Spanish Empire under King Philip II in 1565.  The King ordered an expedition, under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, to the Philippines to conquer it.  The expedition left Mexico in 1564 and reached Cebu on February 13, 1565. With Legazpi were the first group of Augustinian Friars.  Hence, the evangelization of the Philippines accompanied her conquest.  The mission field in the archipelago was vast.  More missionaries were needed.  With authorization from Spanish crown, other religious orders were mandated to come to the Philippines:  the Franciscans (1578), the Jesuits (1581), and the Dominicans (1587).  In 1594 a royal decree of King Philip II ordered the assigning of the missionary orders in the Philippines to specific regions and provinces.  His representative, Governor-General Luis Pérez Dasmariñas, implemented this decree. The divisions of the archipelago among the above-mentioned religious missionary orders ushered a systematic evangelization of the Philippines.  However, lack of personnel continued to plague the vast Philippine mission responsibilities.

 

The Augustinian Recollects

The Augustinian Recollect chroniclers and historians declare the Philippines as the privileged endeavor of the Order’s apostolate.  In fact, the Philippine missions have been one of the main apostolic fields of the Order.  The question arises:  Why did the Augustinian Recollects come to the Philippines?  It is difficult to give a simple answer to this question. However, the following chronology of events will lead to some clarifications:

1590,1594 and

1598

Within two to six years, respectively, after the foundation of the Augustinian Recollection (1588), the Philippines as a possibility had already appeared in the spiritual horizon among the early Augustinian Recollects.

Fr. Mateo de Mendoza, OSA, and Fr. Francisco de Ortega, OSA, the Prior of San Agustín in Manila, in their memorials, petitioned the King of Spain to send some Augustinian Recollects to the country to contribute to the revival of apostolic zeal of the missionaries;

However, lack of personnel, juridical structure still in the making, and struggling interior organization of the Recollection impeded the sending of  friars-missionaries to the archipelago,

King Philip II, although interested in sending the Recollects to the Philippines, died on September 13, 1598.

1603-1604 The Augustinian Recollects repeatedly petitioned King Philip III, through the Council of the Indies, for a royal permit so they could go to the Philippines and other mission countries.
December 23, 1604

 

King Philip III finally gave his approval and royal license to the Augustinian Recollects to go to the Philippines but with conditions: that the missionaries that would be sent by the superior should be men of “letters and age” [learned and mature]      (Bullarium I, 246-247).

 

April 1605 The second provincial chapter of the Augustinian Recollects was held in Madrid.

The provincial chapter approved the missionary enterprise to the Philippines “with unanimous consent” among the chapter participants who considered such apostolate as “Great Service to God”  (Crónicas I, 397-399).

July 12, 1605 A fourteen-member expedition (10 priests and 4 lay brothers) headed by  Fr. Fray Juan de San Geronimo boarded the ship “Santa María del Juncal” left Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain,  and arrived in Veracruz, Mexico on September 17.  From Veracruz they had to make the in-land travel to Mexico City and to the port of Acapulco where a galleon would bring them to the Philippines.
May 1606 The Augustinian Recollect missionaries left Acapulco on February 22.  The trip would last for more than ninety days. They made a stop-over in Guam for provisions. While crossing the Pacific Ocean, Fr. Fray Andrés de San Nicolás died. The Augustinian Recollects arrived in Cebu in May.   After a short rest they proceeded to Manila.

The thirteen Augustinian Recollect pioneers, upon their arrival in Intramuros, were temporarily sheltered in a small house until they found better accommodations in Santo Domingo (Dominicans) and in San Agustín (Augustinians).  Later the Augustinian Recollect friars were able to buy a bigger house in Bagumbayan (the present Luneta Park) with the money they obtained through mendicancy.

The first preoccupation of the thirteen Augustinian Recollect pioneers upon their arrival in Manila was to organize a common life as prescribed by the “Forma de Vivir.” Their new convent in Bagumbayan gave the missionaries renewed inner strength as they strictly observed their conventual and contemplative life but never excluding the apostolate.  Their small church also served the spiritual needs of the people living in Bagumbayan.  This modus vivendiwas a preparation for their first mission assignment in Mariveles (Bataan-Zambales) in September 1606.

 

The Augustinian Recollects Missions in the Philippines (1606-1768)

The official Augustinian Recollect historian, Rev. Fr. Ángel Martínez Cuesta, OAR described the early Philippine Recollect missions as follows:  (a) they were given the most remote areas to evangelize; (b) their missions were bereft of government support and assistance, (c) their visitasor mission bases were isolated from each other; and (d), their mission centers were often highly exposed to frequent Muslim incursions.

1606 September

Three Augustinian Recollects began their mission work in Mariveles, Bataan; other Recollects came and began evangelizing Zambales. From 1606 to 1618 Bagac, Subic, Iba, Masinloc, Casborran, Sigayan, Agno… etc. were established.

1622

Eight Augustinian Recollects entered eastern Mindanao: 2 stayed in Tandag; 3 proceeded to Butuan and from there they reached Cagayan and Linao.

1623

Four Augustinian Recollects disembarked in Cuyo Island in Palawan; other islands were evangelized – Agutaya, Dumaran, Linapacan; in 1627 Taytay was separated from the mission of Linapacan; Taytay was the first town founded in northern Palawan.

1635

Romblon, Banton, Tablas, Sibuyan and other smaller islands were Christianized by the Augustinian Recollects.

1658

The Augustinian Recollects received from the Franciscans the missions of Casiguran, Baler and Binagunan located in present Aurora and Quezon Provinces.

1679

Seven Augustinian Recollects took over Mindoro from the secular clergy and founded other mission centers.

1687

Three Augustinian Recollects took pastoral charge of the islands of Masbate, Burias and Ticao.

1713

In Central Luzon the Augustinian Recollects took charge of Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban.

1744

The Augustinians (OSA) ceded to the Augustinian Recollects the parish of Cotcot and its barrio of Najalin in Cebu. Between 1752 and 1755 the Recollects founded Danao, Cebu.

1767

The Augustinian Recollects took the pastoral care of Mambusao (Alkan) and Batan (Capiz) in Panay.

In 1767, King Charles III of Spain issued a Royal Decree ordering that all Jesuits were to be expelled from the Spanish colonies. The royal order arrived in the Philippines in 1768. As a result all Jesuit missions were turned over to other religious orders or to the secular clergy.  Bohol was entrusted to the Augustinian Recollects.

1768: Nine Augustinian Recollects were designated by the colonial government to take over nine former Jesuit missions in the island – Jagna, Loay, Loboc, Baclayon, Dauis, Tagbilaran, Maribohoc, Loon, and Inabanga.

Eight Augustinian Recollects arrived in Bohol in 1768. The Recollect mission was headed by P. Fray Pedro de Santa Barbara. They were supposed to be nine Recollect missionaries assigned in Bohol. P. Fray Carlos de San Miguel, the ninth missionary designated to Inabanga, died in Mobo, Masbate, two months earlier.

The First Batch of Augustinian Recollect Missionaries and their respective assignments in Bohol:

P. Fray Pedro de Santa Bárbara Loboc
P. Fray Isidro de la Concepción Tagbilaran
P. Fray Juan de San Ignacio de Loyola Loay
P. Fray José de Santa Orosia Dauis
P. Fray Nicolás de la Asunción Jagna
P. Fray Julián de Santa Ana Baclayon
P. Fray Manuel de la Consolación Loon
P. Fray Carlos de San Miguel Inabanga

 

Sources:

Martínez Cuesta, Ángel. Historia General de los Agustinos Recoletos. Volume I:  Desde los origines hasta el siglo XIX.  Madrid: Editorial Agustinus, 1995.

Ruiz de Santa Eulalia, Licinio.  Sinopsis Historica de la Provincia de San Nicolas de Tolentino de las Islas Filipinas de la Orden de Agustinos Descalzos.  Volume I.  Manila: Tip. Pont. de la Univ. de Santo Tomás, 1925.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fray Emil Quilatan, OAR

Fray Emil Quilatan, OAR

Priest/Religious/Historian of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

31 Comments

  1. Antonio Figueroa on July 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I am interested in owning the book titled ‘Augustinian Recollect History of Mindanao (1622-1919), the latest of which, I think, was upated 1918. It is authored by Romanillos, a Filipino historian. Can you help me secure or find a source to buy from? Thank you.

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on June 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      The book is already out of print. A new edition is being prepared by Prof. Emmanuel Luis Romanillos.

      Fr. Emil Quilatan, OAR

  2. Basil Irish Romanillos on March 22, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Hi can you help get more info about the establishment of the town of Loon? Any sources place and to where can I start my research. Thanks

  3. Ray Anthony Tagadiad on April 9, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Blessed Holy Thursday, Fathers. Can I ask for information about Fray Calisto Cester, OAR? He is the earliest priest assigned in Lila, Bohol based on available records.

    • Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on April 13, 2020 at 9:20 am

      P. Fr. Calixto Cester de la Reina de los Angeles.

      Date of birth 15th of October 1827 in Tarazona, Aragón, Spain; he made his religious profession on the 19th of September 1850. On the 13th of July 1852 they sent him to Mandaue as a “companion” to the parish priest; in 1854 he was sent to Loay in the same capacity, and in the following year he exercised without interruption as pastor of souls [parish priest] in Bilar (1855), Panglao (1861), Candijay (1862), Sierra Bullones (1864) and Lila, 1869, until 1892 when in his last parish assignment, i.e., in Lila, he renounced his parochial ministry and he was transferred to Dimiao as a retired missionary. He went back to Spain in November 1898. He died in Monteagudo on the 4th of May 1899. In the Library of Recollect Authors existed a manuscript volume, fourth volume, attributed to this religious and it is entitled:
      Various Sermons about principal points on the Christian Doctrine or Catechism in bisaya-cebuano dialect.

      Source: Sádaba, Francisco, Catálogo de los Religiosos Agustinos Recoletos de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Toléntino de Filipinas. Años 1606-1906 (Madrid, Imprenta del Asilo de Huérfanos del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, 1906), p. 466.

      Translated by: Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, Archive Administrator

      NB: “Companion” was translated from the Spanish word “compañero” from the Latin “socius.” The word means that the newly ordained priest is under the tutelage of the parish priest where he, as “companion,” learns the local language of the people. Without mastering the language the newly ordained priest would not be assigned as parish priest.

  4. Jose luis arnaiz on September 7, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I would like some information for fray Manuel Navarro who was assigned in Cebu and sum ag Bacolod city then to Dauin negros oriental Philippines where he died in 1864

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on June 29, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      There were two Padre Fray Manuel Navarro and they were different persons:

      The first one was assigned in Siquijor, Cebu, and Dauin
      English translation:
      P. Fray Manuel Navarro del Rosario was born 9th of January 1825 in Santo Domingo de la Calzada in Logroño, Spain. He made his profession as religious 3 August 1843. He finished his studies in Manila where he was ordained priest in March of 1848. On 26 April 1848 he was sent to Canoan as “compañero”. In August of that same year, he was named prior of the convent of Cebu. On May 10, 1849 he became parish priest of Mandaue and successively of Balingasag in 1851; of Cacub in 1854; and from 1857 of August until his death on 29th August 1868, he was parish priest of Dauin, Negros.

      Source: Sádaba, Francisco, Catálogo de los Religiosos Agustinos Recoletos de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Toléntino de Filipinas. Años 1606-1906 (Madrid, Imprenta del Asilo de Huérfanos del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, 1906), p.437.

      The second one was assigned in Romblon and Negros
      P. Miguel Navarro de la Virgen de la Peana saw first light on 24th December 1850 in Borja, Zaragoza, Spain. He consecrated himself to God by professing on 7th August 1869. He was raised to the priesthood on 21st March 1874. He was assigned in Romblon on 15th of May 1875 in order to study Bisaya in which he was examined and approved on the 18th of May 1876. On September 25, 1877, he was named missionary of Magallanes. On 16th of May 1882 he became parish priest of Calatrava. He was named “compañero” to the parish priest of Valladolid in August 1885. He was called to be a “substitute” in Murcia on 13th of March 1889. On 1st August 1889 he took charge of Sumag, and Cabangcalan which he administered from the 12th of June 1896 until Spain lost Negros in the Philippine Revolution in 1898. He was made prisoner by the Philippine revolutionaries. He obtained his freedom in February 1899 and returned to Spain in June of that same year. He stayed in Monteagudo until 1906 and transferred to Marcilla.

  5. STALIN BAJA on May 2, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Father. Good day! Pwede po maka ask ng help para ma identify namin ang history sa parish namin dito sa Immaculate Conception Parish – Sierra Bullones (formerly Sierra Bullones – N.S. Virgin Del Pilar).

    Gusto namin malaman Kung sino-sino ang mga recollects priest na na-assign sa parish namin.

    Maraming Salamat, po. God bless

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on July 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      AUGUSTINIAN RECOLLECT PARISH PRIESTS OF SIERRA BULLONES, BOHOL
      The parish of Sierra Bullones was established by a Superior Decree in 1863 under the patronage of Our Lady of the Pillar. Sierra Bullones was separated from Candijay, Jagna, and Bilar. Below are the names of the Augustinian Recollect parish priests.
      Padre Fray Calixto Cester de la Reina de los Ángeles, 1864-1869
      Padre Fray Lucas Martínez de la Vírgen del Romero, 1869-1870
      Padre Fray Blas Adán del Pilar, 1870-1872
      Padre Fray José Lasala del Carmen, 1878-1882
      Padre Fray José Abad de San Juan Bautista, 1882-1884
      Padre Fray Gervasio Magallón de la Vírgen de la Misericordia, 1884-1886
      Padre Fray José Rada de los Dolores, 1886-1888
      Padre Fray León Inchausti del Rosario, 1888
      Padre Fray José Rada de los Dolores, 1888-1896
      Padre Fray Manuel María Espelta de San José, 1896-1897
      Padre Fray Casto Delgado del Carmen, 1897-1898

      Historical Note:
      During the American Regime the Augustinian Recollects did not return to Sierra Bullones.

      The pastoral ministry of the Augustinian Recollects in Bohol was interrupted by the Philippine Revolution (1896-1898) and the Filipino-American War (1899-1903). In 1898, more than fifty friar curates had to abandon their parishes and were evacuated to Manila. Some were unfortunate for they were apprehended by the Filipino revolutionary soldiers. There was a five-year and seven months hiatus of the Recollect presence in the island until in the people of Anda formally petitioned the Bishop of Cebu, Thomas Hendrick, to give them back their Recollect curate. The prelate acceded to their request and allowed the Recollect provincial to send them P. Fray Calixto Gaspar Saldaña in May 1904. Since then Bishop Hendrick and his successor, Bishop Juan Gorordo, entrusted some Bohol parishes back to the Augustinian Recollects, namely, Mabini, Valencia, Candijay, Clarin, Duero and Guindulman.

      Between 1930 and 1936, the parishes of Candijay, Guindulman, Anda, Clarin, and Mabini were still under the care of the Augustinian Recollects. Finally, in 1937, the Augustinian Recollects of the Province of San Nicholas of Tolentine ceded the remaining parishes to the Archdiocese of Cebu of which Bohol at that time was under its jurisdiction.

      Prepared by:

      Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR

  6. Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on July 1, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    The book that you were looking for about the Recollect History of Mindanao (1622-1919) is out of print. The author, Prof. Emmanuel Luis Romanillos, is preparing a new edition of his opus.

  7. Ton Sur on July 24, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Hi

    Do you know anything about Fr Manuel Cabriada of Dauin, Negros?

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on July 25, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Reverend Father Fray Manuel Cabriada del Carmen. He was born on 1 February 1830, in Tarazona, Aragón, Spain. He made his religious profession on 17 September 1848. On 13 July 1852, a dimissorial letter was sent to him for his ordination to the priesthood. He was sent for a time to Loón, Bohol, as compañero [companion]. He was assigned to the following parishes without interruption: Catigbian (1854); Tubigon (1855); Siaton, (1859-1871) during this time he was responsible for the Mission of Tolong and he resided in this mission in 1869; Guindulman (1872); García-Hernández (1873); and Dauin from 1874 to 1897, in which on the 18 November 1897 he submitted to his superior his renunciation as parish priest of Dauin. He was also “prior vocal” of Mandaue (1891) and Bolinao (1894). He carried out his duties as Vicar Provincial of Negros Oriental of which he was appointed on 30 April 1891 and later Vicar Forane on 12 May 1891. He went back to Spain in 1898. He resided first in the Augustinian Recollect community in Marcilla, and afterwards to the Augustinian Recollect College and Novitiate in Monteagudo where he died on 14 June 1905.
      Publication
      He published various sermons in the Bisaya-Cebuano dialect, in which, with other Augustinian Recollect priests, form the “Colección de sermones en idioma bisaya de los Misterios de nuesta Religión, de las festividades de la Virgen Santísima y algunos Santos, y de otros varios asuntos. Para facilitar la predicación á los principiantes y servir de alivio á los ya prácticos en dicho idioma” (Collection of sermons in the Visayan language on the Mysteries of our Religion, the feasts of the Most Holy Virgin, some Saints, and other various topics. This is to facilitate the preaching for beginners and to serve as help to those who have experience in the said language.) Printed in Manila by the “Amigos de País.” – Calle de Anda, número 10, 1881. In four volumes.

      Sádaba, Francisco, Catálogo de los Religiosos Agustinos Recoletos de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Toléntino de Filipinas. Años 1606-1906 (Madrid, Imprenta del Asilo de Huérfanos del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, 1906), pp. 459-460.

      • John Paul Esplana on August 10, 2021 at 10:16 pm

        Good Day, Fr.

        I just want to ask for big help concerning the history of our parish here in San Agustin, Romblon which was established by the Recollect Fathers.

        This year, 2021, we are celebrating the 150th Founding anniversary of our parish (1871). The parish was under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers from 1871-1933. They were 7
        Fray Miguel Galan 1871-1882
        Fray Blas Martinez 1883-1893
        Fray Miguel Garcia- 1893-1912
        Fray Wicasio Modely- 1913-1915
        Fray Luis Picarte- 1915-1919
        Fray Francisco Frias- 1919-1928
        Fray Julian Arzanequi 1928-1933

        I hope you can help us tracing our roots and we are forever grateful to the Recollect Fathers for planting the seed of Catholix Faith in our island.

  8. John Paul Esplana on August 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Good Day, Fr.

    I just want to ask for big help concerning the history of our parish here in San Agustin, Romblon which was established by the Recollect Fathers.

    This year, 2021, we are celebrating the 150th Founding anniversary of our parish (1871). The parish was under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers from 1871-1933. They were 7
    Fray Miguel Galan 1871-1882
    Fray Blas Martinez 1883-1893
    Fray Miguel Garcia- 1893-1912
    Fray Wicasio Modely- 1913-1915
    Fray Luis Picarte- 1915-1919
    Fray Francisco Frias- 1919-1928
    Fray Julian Arzanequi 1928-1933

    I hope you can help us trace our roots, Father.

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on August 16, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      According to our historical records, the parish of San Agustín, Badajoz, Tablas Island was founded through a Diocesan Decree dated 18th November 1868. The barrio chapel of Looc called Andagco was used in order to form the parish with its own parish priest (pp.126-127).

      Source: Marcellán, Patricio. Provincia de San Nicolás de Toléntino de Agustinos Descalzos de la Congregación de España é Indias. Manila: Imprenta del Colegio de Sto. Tomás, 1879.

      However, Rev. Fr. Ángel Martínez Cuesta, OAR, placed the year of the foundation of the parish in 1867. It was separated from the mother parish of Romblon. The parish of Badajoz was placed under the patronage of St. Augustine (p.684).

      Source: Ángel Martínez Cuesta, OAR. Historia de los Agustinos Recoletos. Volume II: El Siglo XIX. Madrid: Editorial Augustinus, 2015.

      The year 1871 as the foundation of the Parish of San Agustin, Tablas Island, is questionable. There is a probability that it was the year that the first Augustinian Recollect curate, P. Miguel Galán, took possession of the parish.

      Augustinian Recollect Parish Priests of Badajoz, Tablas Island, Romblon:
      R. P. Fray Miguel Galán 1871 – 1883
      R. P. Fray Blas Martínez 1883 – 1885
      R. P. Antonio Martín 1886 – 1889
      R. P. Antonio Martín 1889 – 1893
      R. P. Miguel García 1893 – 1898
      R. P. Miguel García 1912 – 1914
      R. P. Nicasio Rodeles Azcárate 1914 – 1915
      R. P. Luís Recarte Aspiroz 1915 – 1919
      R. P. Francisco Frias 1919 – 1928
      R. P. Julián Arzanegui 1928 – 1933

      Sources:

      Avellaneda, Miguel, Continuación del Padre Sádaba. Volume 2: 1906-1936.

      de Blas, Fidel, Labor Evangélica de los Padres Agustinos en las Islas Filipinas expuesta en cuadros estadísticos de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Tolentino. Zaragoza, España: Establecimiento tipográfico de Pedro Carra, 1910.

      Sádaba, Francisco. Catálogo de los Religiosos Agustinos Recoletos de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Toléntino de Filipinas. Años 1606-1906. Madrid, Imprenta del Asilo de Huérfanos del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, 1906.

      • Alvin Villaber on September 10, 2022 at 7:18 am

        Pax!

        Dear Rev. Fr., can I ask if you have an old photo of Nuestra Señora del Pilar of the Old Sierra Bullones (now Pilar) year 1800s?

        Thank you po.

  9. Bien Justine D. Patriarca on August 24, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Good day Fr. Emil,

    I am making my research about our Parish in San Andres, Quezon. It is located in the Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon Province. May I ask if the Augustinian Recollects had a mission in that area previously known as Visita Sogbong Cogon? I thought of that because it is few kilometers away across the sea from San Pascual Masbate in Burias Island.

    I hope you can help us Fr. Thank you po?

  10. Bien Justine D. Patriarca on August 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Good day Fr. Emil,

    I am doing research about our parish in San Andres, Quezon Province. May I ask po if there are records in your archives about the mission of Augustinian Recollects in Bondoc Peninsula especially about the Visita of Sogbong Cogon which later on became the Municipality of San Andres. I just thought of that possibility because our town is just a few kilometers away across the sea from Burias Island in Masbate.

    Thank you

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on August 31, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Quezon Province during the Spanish Period was called Tayabas. During this time, the whole of Tayabas was entrusted to the Franciscans. The town and parish of San Andres in the Bondoc Peninsula were not administered by the Augustinian Recollects. The Bondoc Peninsula was within the Franciscan mission territory of Tayabas.

      The Augustinian Recollects were only present at the northern part of Tayabas which is now Aurora Province. They temporarily administered the Franciscan missions of Baler, Binangonan, Casiguran and Palanan from 1658 to 1704. The Franciscans asked the Augustinian Recollects for help since they lacked the personnel in sustaining the aforementioned missions.

      Sources:
      Rodríguez, Isacio. “Filipinas: La Organización de la Iglesia” en Historia de la Iglesia en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas. Volumen II: Aspectos Regionales, pp. 703-720. Obra dirigida por Pedro Borges. Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1992.

      Romanillos, Emmanuel Luis A. “The Augustinian Recollect Evangelization of Contracosta de Luzón” in Amor Diffusivus II: Augustinian Recollect Evangelization Work in the Philippines, pp. 153-168. Quezon City: Agustinos Recoletos, 2020.

  11. AGERICO REINOSO on November 23, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Hi Father Quilatan,

    Padre Jose Tornos OAR was assigned to the town of Alaminos, Pangasinan in the 1800’s. Research shows that he was born in 1824 and died in 1878 in Alaminos. My interest in him is because I am trying to trace his lineage. Would you know where his parents came from? Were both born in Zaragoza Spain? Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on January 10, 2022 at 9:25 am

      I checked our archives regarding Padre José Tornos’ lineage and his parents. To date we no data available.

    • Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR on January 12, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      After checking the biography of Padre José Tornos in the archives, we have no data on his lineage nor historical records on his parents.

      • AGERICO REINOSO on March 18, 2022 at 12:59 am

        Thanks for the information Father.

      • Rey Anthony Acosta on September 25, 2022 at 7:48 pm

        Blessed day Father, hopeful that you can help me about the foundation of Catholic faith here in Patling (O’Donnell,Capas, Tarlac) we have no data presented that O’Donnell Church was established by the Recollects in 1772.

  12. Madge on January 26, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Can you please help me find information about Fr. Juan Fernando Ruiz de la Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro? All I know is that he was once assigned in Oroquieta, Cagayan and Iligan. I am doing a research study about the presence of the Augustinian Recollects Mission in Lanao from 1622-1919. And also, any recommendation of books, study or articles about this topic. It would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  13. Danny de Luna on March 4, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Good day Fr. Emilio, can you please help me regarding whether the Agustinians missionaries from San Juan Batangas or Bolbok were able to reach the boundaries of Tayabas province in 1580s particularly in the boundary of Sariaya, Tayabas? We are trying to do a research on this regarding the foundation of Sariaya,Tayabas as a visita or as a parish, and whether it was first founded by the Agustinians or by the Franciscans under Fr. Plasencia OFM, since our Sariaya boundary is also the boundary of San Juan Batangas, formerly San Juan de Bolbok. It would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  14. KHEM ALVAREZ on May 7, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Good morning Father, I am currently researching Fr. Jose Rada who was the Parish Priest of Bilar, Bohol from May 1888 to November 1888. I would really appreciate any data available about him. Thank you so much.

  15. Jerome Balistoy on July 13, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Hello Fr. Good Day! May I ask if there are available images/picture of these following priest.
    Padre Fray Calixto Cester de la Reina de los Ángeles, 1864-1869
    Padre Fray Lucas Martínez de la Vírgen del Romero, 1869-1870
    Padre Fray Blas Adán del Pilar, 1870-1872
    Padre Fray José Lasala del Carmen, 1878-1882
    Padre Fray José Abad de San Juan Bautista, 1882-1884
    Padre Fray Gervasio Magallón de la Vírgen de la Misericordia, 1884-1886
    Padre Fray José Rada de los Dolores, 1886-1888
    Padre Fray León Inchausti del Rosario, 1888
    Padre Fray José Rada de los Dolores, 1888-1896
    Padre Fray Manuel María Espelta de San José, 1896-1897
    Padre Fray Casto Delgado del Carmen, 1897-1898

  16. Kim Bryan C. Mendoza on August 1, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Good day!

    I am Kim Bryan C. Mendoza, assistant head of our parish’ Commission on Liturgy and I am currently researching about the history of our parish in Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan (Sta Rita de Cascia Parish). Our barangay was formerly known as “Barrio Recoleto” since it was believed that most of the land in our area was owned by the “Recoletos” until it was changed into “Barrio Santa Rita” on or before 1850’s according to the book of Padre Manuel B. Buzeta, Diccionario Geográfico, Estadístico, Histórico, de las Islas Filipinas.

    In lieu to this, I am formally asking if you have any records showing the establishment of a certian visita in honor of then Blessed Rita of Cascia. Thank you very much!

  17. Ma. Arleen Abad on August 30, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Good afternoon!

    I am an employee of UST Library. We will be launching the book of Fray Valentin Marin, O.P.
    We wish to send you an electronic copy of the invitation.

    May I kindly ask for your email address?

    Thank you!

  18. Salvacion Charito Chiu on September 16, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    I am with the Parish PAstoral Council of Sto NIno Parish in Cortes Bohol Philippines. We are now trying to compile the historical facts about our church for our church heritage conservation. Our parish used to be named Santissimo Nombre de Jesus and Parroquia del Santo Nino de Malabago (former name of the town). Can we have the names of the spanish priests assigned in this town, including those during the visita iglesia period?

    Thank you

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  • All day
    February 1, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA
    (January 31 – February 3)

    DAY 2: KINSHASA
    9:30      HOLY MASS at “Ndolo” Airport
    16:30   MEETING WITH VICTIMS FROM THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY at the Apostolic Nunciature
    18:30   MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM SOME CHARITIES at the Apostolic Nunciature

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Ramon Monroy, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Yolanda Zaragoza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Corazon Timones, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Emma Miguel, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Brigida Gabriel, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    +Sis. Dorotea Sarmiento, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

2
  • All day
    February 2, 2023

    FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (CANDELARIA)

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA

    DAY 3: KINSHASA
    09:30   MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND CATECHISTS in Martyrs’ Stadium
    16:30   PRAYER MEETING WITH PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral “Notre Dame du Congo”
    18:30   PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature

    27th WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE PATRONAL FIESTA
    OF OUR LADY OF SIERRA LEONE PARISH (Kamabai) Time: 1100H (Sierra Leone)
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Natale Paganelli S.X.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Petra Pascual, AR
    Sis. Josephine Bangura (Trialer / Kamalo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Socorro Japson, AR

3
  • All day
    February 3, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA THEN TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 4: KINSHASA / DAY 1: JUBA

    8:30     MEETING WITH BISHOPS at CENCO
    10:10   FAREWELL CEREMONY at Kinshasa “Ndjili” International Airport
    0:40     Departure by airplane from Kinshasa “Ndjili” International Airport to Juba

    The Holy Father is making the Journey to South Sudan together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

    15:00   Arrival at Juba International Airport
    15:00   WELCOME CEREMONY
    15:45   COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace
    16:15   MEETING WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE REPUBLIC
    17:00   MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ceferino Roberto Añez
    Sis. Celerina Santos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Celerina Jaurequi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Marilyn Miraña, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Filomena de Jesus

4
  • All day
    February 4, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 2: JUBA

    9:00      MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral of Saint Therese
    1:00       PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature
    16:30     MEETING WITH INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS in the “Freedom Hall”
    18:00    ECUMENICAL PRAYER at “John Garang” Mausoleum

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN FRATERNITY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS

    BIRTHDAY

    FRAY BERNARD AMPARADO, Prior Provincial
    Sr. Jannet Nicer, AR
    Sis. Erlinda Dionela, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diana Concepcion, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

5
  • All day
    February 5, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 3: JUBA – ROME

    08:45    HOLY MASS at “John Garang” Mausoleum
    11:00    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Juba International Airport
    11:30    Departure by airplane from Juba International Airport to Rome
    17:30    Arrival at Rome Fiumicino International Airport

    36th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1987-2023)
    OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION PARISH, Miranila, Quezon City
    Time: 1100H
    Presider & Homilist: Prior Provincial

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Jovy Gallego
    Sr. Anselma Millan, AR
    Sis. Purificacion Rallos, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Trina Genicet Zamora (RAY-Valencia)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Ofelia Cruz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

6
  • All day
    February 6, 2023

    GENERALATE: MEETING OF THE DIGITAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM (ONLINE)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ronel Gealon
    Mo. Ma. Emilia Gaspillo, AR
    Sr. Doraine Suyko, AR
    Sis. Marlin Regalado, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Dorothy Joy Balcueva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Alberto Avanzado

7
  • All day
    February 7, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    Br. Christian Peralta (postulant)
    Sr. Ma. Lina Gonzaga, AR
    Sr. Gewena Gay Villarubia, AR
    Sis. Jaena Lascano, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Cecile Pedregosa (RAY-Urbiztondo)

8
  • All day
    February 8, 2023

    9th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Elflida Palma, AR
    Sis. Lydia Morales, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Crestita Pabon, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Cajes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ruth Gonzales, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Miranda, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

9
  • All day
    February 9, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Elpedio Sarita, Jr.
    Br. Kirvie Bodiongan (aspirant)
    Bro. Romeo Reyes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Florentina Alambra, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Torrecampo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

10
  • All day
    February 10, 2023

    24th INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY (1999-2023) OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Virginia Toledo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

11
  • All day
    February 11, 2023

    OUR LADY OF LOURDES

    31st WORLD DAY OF THE SICK Theme: “Take care of him” (Lk 10:35) / Compassion as a synodal exercise of healing

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES QUASI-PARISH
    Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental
    Time: 1000H
    Presider & Homilist: Prior Provincial

    CHARTER DAY OF TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

    CLOSING OF RED EDUCAR 2023 MEETING
    Venue: Colegio de San Agustin, Costa del Este, Panama
    Date: Jan 20 – Feb. 11, 2023

    GENERALATE: AUGUSTINIAN CLASSROOM OF EDUCATION (MADRID)
    Date: Feb. 11-12, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Filomena Oliva, AR
    Sr. Marisa Dacuya, AR
    Sis. Edelyn Celeste, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2017-2023)

    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Paul Tanquis

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Romana Caballero, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

12
  • All day
    February 12, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Heart Danielle Nakila (RAY-Balamban)
    Sis. Moonyen Llorca, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

13
  • All day
    February 13, 2023

    INSTALLATION OF FRAY JULIUS JAMES TINAPAO AS PRIEST IN-CHARGE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    QUASI- PARISH, CAIDIOCAN

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Erlinda Vergara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Catalina Matahum, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Victoria Maniago, SAR (Manila Chapter)

     

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Pedro Magalit, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

14
  • All day
    February 14, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Filomena Duro, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Mena Quiambao, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Serena Principio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Era Santos, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lucresia Samson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Josephine Palanca, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Mary Grace Escayo, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
    +Sis. Teresita Labos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

15
  • All day
    February 15, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Maria Aurora Baygan, AR
    Bro. Julius Cayabyab, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

16
  • All day
    February 16, 2023

    FORMATION OF FORMATORS
    (Part 1: Feb. 16-18, 2023)

    GENERALATE: GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING (ROME)
    Date: Feb. 16-17, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Porferia Tundag, AR
    Sis. Herminia Villanueva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Cecilia Cabildo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

17
  • All day
    February 17, 2023

    5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF PIONEER RECOLETOS MISSIONARIES IN CUBA

    GENERALATE:  ONLINE MEETING OF THE GENERAL TREASURER WITH THE PROVINCIAL TREASURERS

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.
    Sis. Lourdes Tupaz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Albina Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Femesolone Gamboa, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Segundina Valderama, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Helen Villarin, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

18
  • All day
    February 18, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray Mark Saludes
    Sis. Erlinda Torrecampo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Walthrode Conde, OAR
    +Sr. Genoveva del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Estrella Montes, SAR (Manila Chapter)

19
  • All day
    February 19, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena
    Bro. Gavino Bucao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Remedios Laguisma (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2003-2023)

    Most. Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Bishop of Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Pia de San Sebastian
    +Sr. Josefina Disen, AR

20
  • All day
    February 20, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joseph Neil Baygan (simply prof.)
    Sis. Reba Pacres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Mary Rose Capulong (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ines de Padua, AR

21
  • All day
    February 21, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Nimrod Launio
    Sis. Betty Sinon, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Emily Vallejo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lourdes Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Buletic, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Fernanda Kintanar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Nellie Cabutotan (Trialer / Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Aniceta de la Santisima Trinidad, AR
    +Bro. Luis Clauor Jr., SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

22
  • All day
    February 22, 2023

    SEASON OF LENT STARTS: ASH WEDNESDAY

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Jay-R Vailoces (aspirant)
    Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, AR
    Sis. Emiline Navera, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Margarita Gamboa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Soledad Baraya, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

23
  • All day
    February 23, 2023

    FORMATION OF FORMATORS
    (Part 2: Feb. 23-25, 2023)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ana Maria Rosello, AR
    +Sr. Exaltacion Lagrimas, AR

24
  • All day
    February 24, 2023

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU CITY

    ANNIVERSARY (2022-2023) OF ACCEPTANCE AS
    BROTHER-GENERAL OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL
    MORENO

    Prof. Emmanuel Luis Romanillos
    Bro. Edwin Ruiz, SAR

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Rommel Rubia
    Sis. Ma. Magdalena Ramos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Jesusa de Vera, AR+Sis. Fedelina Escalante, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
  • All day
    February 25, 2023

    37th EDSA PEOPLE POWER (1986-2023)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Roselyn Jardenil, AR
    Sis. Edna Mariano, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Adrian Gonzales (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Wenifreda Sajorda, AR

26
  • All day
    February 26, 2023

    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Julius James Tinapao
    Br. Ren Hard Rodriguez (aspirant)
    Sis. Gloria Gaviola, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Severino Cuesta (2000-2023)
    +Sr. Teresa Constantino, AR
    +Sis. Lilia Lepasana, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Anita Paloma, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

27
  • All day
    February 27, 2023

    GENERALATE: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES (MONTEAGUDO)
    Date: Feb. 27-March 2, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Teresita Caberte, AR
    Sis. Clarita Cortez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Casimera Griarte, SAR (Provincialate Chapter

28
  • All day
    February 28, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS

    MEETING OF THE PROVINCIAL PROCURATOR WITH THE LOCAL PROCURATORS
    Talavera House of Prayer, Cebu City / Feb. 28 – March 1

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR
    Bro. Fulgencio Culaton, SAR (Baguio Chapter / Brother-General of the Order)
    Sis. Macaria Decena, SAR (Manila Chapter) Sis. Maria Semine, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Perlita Narag (Urbiztondo Chapter) Sis. Emma Basul (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Milagros de San Nicolas de Tolentino
    +Sis. Estrella Montes, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Maria Torralba, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Waltrudes Torres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    

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