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JUNE 2004

           The Vicariate of Valenzuela held its music orientation seminar at the Parish of the Holy Rosary in Maysan,
Valenzauela City last June 19, 2004. Present during the seminar were the choir representatives from the
different parishes in the vicariate. Bro. Jhon Dorega and Bro. Tony Manaog conducted the said seminar. 


           Newly appointed bishop of Malolos, Most Rev.Jose Oliveros, will be installed on Aug. 5, 2004
at the Basilica Minore in Malolos City. The DCLM is tasked to prepare the music and the choirs
for the said event.


The Holy Rosary Parish in Makinabang, Baliuag, Bulacan  formed the first Psalmist Group in the diocese. Specializing in singing the psalms in the Holy Mass, the group had its orientation seminar with Fr. Gboi last May 28. They wook their oath as official psalmists of the parish last May 30 in a Mass presided by Fr. Gboi Samonte. Maricar Tolentino trains the psalmists and acompanies them during the singing.

Coming September 13-17, the Diocese of Malolos hosts the National Meeting of Liturgists. DCLM is now preparing for the weeklong convention by gathering the musical skills of the different choirs and arranging the repertoire for the daily Masses. 


JULY 02, 2004


In an affort to encourage the different choirs of the Diocese to upgrade their skills and promote liturgical music, the DCLM
recently began the profiling of the different choirs. By documenting the available data on the choirs, DCLM hopes to
recognize each choir not just an ordinary parish choir but aptly to be called a LITURGICAL SINGING GROUP or A
LITURGICAL CHOIR. DCLM aims to profile all existing choirs in all the parish and train them accordingly based
on the principles and guidelines of liturgical music. By filling up the profile form, submitting a present picture, parish
priest recommendation letter and a brief essay of the choir, a membering choir finishes the first step to be accredited
by DCLM. The second step is completing the necessary seminar provided by DCLM. The third step is an actual liturgical
performance of the choir before it gets to be called a liturgical singing group/ choir.

          The first choirs to submit their profile came from the Vicariates of Meycauayan and Plaridel.

November 2, 2004


The Parish of Sto. Cristo, Marulas, Valenzuela City held its liturgical seminar last October 23, 2004 at their parish multi-purpose hall. It was attended by all the parish choirs including some representatives from the parish organizations.
Fr. GBoi Samonte, DCLM chairman and JhonJhon Dorega, DCLM secretary gave the basics in litrugical music and emphasized some details regarding the guidelines for choir and choir directors.
KRISCO, the parish choir organization, sponsored the seminar and gave the choir certificates of attendance.
click here to see photos

August 15, 2004

Catholic International Eucharistic, Marian year starts
Papal nuncio asks Filipinos to strengthen faith

Rev. Antonio Franco, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, urged Catholics across the country to renew and strengthen their faith in Christ and their devotion to the Virgin Mary to heal the wounds of society. Franco, during a message to launch the National Marian Year and the International Eucharistic Year here on Sunday, also asked churches in the Philippines to unite and be guided by Mary.

He said even the Catholic Church needed renewal and conversion as it is also made up of human beings.

Coinciding with the feast of the Assumption, the National Marian Year starts on Aug. 15 and ends on Dec. 8, 2005 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the papal definition of the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

The celebration coincides with the launch of the International Eucharistic Year as declared by Pope John Paul II, which starts in October this year and ends in in October 2005. The theme of the dual celebration is "Celebrating the Eucharist with Mary."

August 6, 2004

New Bishop of Malolos

"I trust in the mercy of God, Confide in Misercordia Dei," thus said the coat of arms of the new bishop of Malolos,
His Excellency Most Rev. Jose Francisco Oliveros, D.D. Before clergy, religious, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Bulacan. Bishop Oliveros was installed by Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco, D.D. at a solemn Eucharistic celebration last August 5 at the Basilica Minore of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos, Bulacan.

Oliveros became a priest at 24. He said he believes it’s God’s will and divine mercy that continuously guide him. He was born in Quezon, on Sept. 11, 1946, to the couple Vicente and Angelina Oliveros. He was ordained priest by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970.

In 1971, he finished theology at the University of Sto. Tomas with postgraduate studies at Ateneo de Manila University. He furthered his studies in Spain and Germany. Added to his educational background is a doctorate in sacred theology in Rome, Italy. Aside from his priestly ministry, he involved himself in the teaching apostolate in seminaries like the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Seminary in Sariaya, and the St. Alphonius School of Theology in Lucena City, both in Quezon. (Esper N. Santos)

DCLM Forms Grand Choir

The DCLM actively participated in the Eucharistic Celebration and Installation of His Excellency Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. as the fourth Bishop of Malolos which was held last August 5, 2004 at the Cathedral - Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Malolos City at 9:00 AM by forming the Diocesan Grand Choir composed mainly of  choir members from different chorals groups of the Diocese of Malolos as follows: Koro San Francisco of Meycauayan; Saint Anne's and Santo Rosario Parish Choir of Hagonoy; Coro Basilica Minore of Malolos; Saint Luke's Choir of Guiguinto; ICSB students; ICMAS Seminarians; and ICS Minor Seminarians. The Choir Directors of the group were Rev. Fr. Gboi Samonte and Rev. Fr. Allan Antonio.

DCLM Liturgical Music Seminar

Seminars and Orientation on Principles of Liturgical Music was held on the following vicariates, parishes and quasi-parishes from July to first week of August, 2004: Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Valenzuela City on July 10 with speakers Bro. Francis Jason Perez and Bro. Orven Cataniag; Vicariate of Hagonoy on July 17 with speaker Bro. John John Dorega; Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish in San Pedro, Hagonoy on July 24 with speaker Bro. John John Dorega while Bro. Danny Isidro and Bro, Peddie Medina taught chanting for Responsorial Psalms; Holy Family Parish in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City on July 25 with speakers Bro. John John Dorega and Bro. Angelo Logo; Holy family Quasi-Parish in Violeta Subdivision, Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto on August 6 with speaker Bro. John John Dorega; and San Juan Parish in San Juan, Hagonoy on August 7 with speakers Bro. John John Dorega and Bro. Danny Isidro.


Lenten message

Archbishop of Manila

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the sacred Lenten season for us Christians. These forty days of Lent are as sacred to us as Ramadan is to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Let us, therefore, prepare to enter this holy season in the spirit of prayer and generosity to take on sacrifice and the discipline of self.

For some, sacrifice begins slowly as an attitude of the heart, and then as a willingness to do better, or just yielding to the prompting to give a little bit more for the cause of the poor. For very many of our brothers and sisters life already is sacrifice. And yet beyond fasting as inflicting pain to one’s self, God looks at freeing the oppressed, sharing one’s food with the hungry, sheltering the homeless as the special forms of fasting and sacrifice (Isaiah 58: 5-7).

We can still find prayer in the Church, in our hearts, in the moments of quiet, in the Sacrament, in the Eucharist, in reading or singing of the Pasyon ng Panginoon.

Our Lord Jesus Christ went to His own forty days and forty nights in the desert to pray, to fast and to be tempted (Matthew 4: 1-11).

The Lenten season is the closest most of us, Christians, can make the spiritual exercises. Let us make it at least in spirit, that in accompanying Jesus Christ through these forty days, we may—as better Christians and citizens—share in His Glory and the Joy at the Resurrection. This time of Lent let us pray and care for one another.

God love and bless us all.

January 4, 2005

CBCP sets Jan. 9 as Day for Prayer (Manila Bulletin)

The Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has set January 9, Sunday, as a Day for Prayer for the victims of tsunamis that recently hit South Asia.

In a statement of appeal released yesterday, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla urged all dioceses to have a special collection on the day to help the tsunami victims.

The collection, he said, will then be coursed through the Caritas Philippines or the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA), CBCP’s social action arm.

The archbishop also appealed to all Filipinos to continue praying for the souls of those who perished in the disaster and their surviving families.

In November, CBCP-NASSA also spearheaded the collection of donations for the victims of four typhoons that hit the country.

CBCP spokesman Monsignor Hernando Coronel said that aside from collecting donations here and abroad, NASSA also helps in the reconstruction of houses and the rebuilding the lives of disaster victims.

Coronel saod that the Vatican and other European countries also donated a huge amount for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

The Archdiocese of Manila headed by Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales also appealed recently for prayers and donations for the tsunami victims for whom a portion of the Sunday mass collections will also go. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)


Pope John Paul II has died

 Rome, Apr. 02 ( - Pope John Paul II  died late on Saturday night, April 2, ending one of the longest and most influential pontificates in the history of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Father remained "extraordinarily serene" during his final illness, according to his spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. He had suffered heart failure the previous evening while being treated for an infection of his urinary tract. As his condition deteriorated rapidly during the day on Friday and then Saturday, with his body wracked by septic shock and kidney failure, the Pope remained in prayer with his closest aides, losing consciousness only late in the evening before his death.

Pope John Paul was 84 years old at the time of his death. He had been afflicted by Parkinson's disease, causing a serious curtailment of his activities, for several years. In February 2005, he was hospitalized twice for severe respiratory problems. Doctors at the Gemelli Hospital had inserted a tube in his throat to ease his breathing, and earlier this week the Vatican had disclosed that a feeding tube had also been inserted to provide him with supplementary nourishment because of his difficulty in swallowing.

The Pope's last public appearance came on Easter Sunday, when he came to the balcony of his apartment in the apostolic palace to deliver the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing. During that public appearance the Pope was in obvious pain, and unable to speak.

In October 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, Poland, was elected the 264th Roman Pontiff-- the youngest Pope of the 20th century and the first non-Italian to serve as leader of the Catholic world in over 400 years. He took the name John Paul II, and in a memorable first appearance as Pope, immediately won the hearts of the Roman crowd as he greeted them with the words of Jesus, which would echo throughout his 26-year pontificate: "Be not afraid!"

Only two Popes-- Blessed Pius IX, who served over 31 years, and St. Peter himself-- have held the papacy for longer than John Paul II. During his extraordinary pontificate, he became the most widely recognized man in human history, traveling to greet millions of people all around the world, and earning credit as one of the principal architects of the fall of Soviet Communism. His years in the papacy saw a series of "firsts," and an astonishing output of encyclicals, apostolic letters, and other writings.

Born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920, Karol Wojtyla was raised primarily by his father, a military officer also named Karol, after his mother's death in 1929. When his father died in 1941, he was left alone, as a student in Krakow's Jagiellonian Unversity. During the occupation of Poland by Nazi forces in World War II, he was pressed into labor as a stonecutter, then in a chemical factory, but worked with the Polish underground and maintained an avid interest in theater.

In 1942 the young Wojtyla entered a clandestine seminary, and after the war, in 1946, he was ordained by Cardinal Adam Sapieha of Krakow. He continued his studies in Rome under the famous French Dominican, Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, and earned degrees in theology and philosophy, with a dissertation on the mystical works of St. John of the Cross. He returned to Poland to teach at the Krakow seminary, while also serving as a parish priest, and forming friendships with a number of young families-- friendships that remained intact throughout his life.

At the age of just 38 he was named an auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII, and in 1962 he became the city's archbishop. He was raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope Paul VI at the age of 47.

The scholarly young Polish prelate was an influential figure in the deliberations of the Second Vatican Council, taking a particularly active role in the writing of Gaudium et Spes (doc) , the dogmatic constitution on the Church and the modern world.

In August 1978, he took part in the conclave that elected Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice to become Pope John Paul I; when that Pontiff died abruptly after just 33 days, he again entered the conclave-- to emerge as Pope John Paul II.

During visits to his native Poland, John Paul II proved to be a lightning-rod for the growing opposition to the country's Communist regime. On May 13, 1981, he was shot and severely wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca in an assassination attempt that took place immediately after a public audience in St. Peter's Square. Vatican officials immediately suspected that the leaders of the Soviet Union had authorized the attempt on the Pope's life-- a hypothesis that appears to have been confirmed by documents recently discovered in the archives of the East German secret service.

Alongside his historic role in the fall of Communism, John Paul II has also been the world's most influential defender of the dignity of human life; his memorable calls for the development of a "culture of life"-- and his parallel denunciations of the "culture of death"-- have been instrumental in rallying opposition to abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and embryonic-tissue research.

The Polish Pontiff was an ardent exponent of Christian unity, who made special efforts to reach out to other Christian churches. He was especially insistent on the need to bring together the Eastern and Western Christian traditions, saying that the Church must "breathe with both lungs."

By far the most traveled Pontiff in history, John Paul II made 104 trips outside Italy during his pontificate, as well as 146 inside the country. His long papacy saw a huge increase in the number of saints formally recognized by the Church; he beatified 1,338 people, and canonized 482. He was the author of 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, 45 apostolic letters, and five books that appeared during the time he served as Pope.

Statement on the Pope’s Condition

According to the Vatican the situation is serious. The Holy Father has infection. This morning he already feel a little better but the condition remains a little serious so for us is to pray more for the Holy Father. We love him and we pray for him and we hope that we would be with him at this difficult moment. We appeal for prayers. We keep praying and hoping for the best.

Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines

Let us entrust our Holy Father to the Lord of life. We pray for God’s guidance and strength at this difficult time. We continue to pray for the Pope.

Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila

At this peculiar need of the Holy Father, let us gain be one in the spirit of prayer for his health. Let us entrust him to the loving embrace of our Blessed Virgin Mary. We all love the Holy Father and we, Filipinos, have a very special place in his heart. Let this be an expression of our deep love for the Holy Father and for the Church he has generously and courageously guided and served.

Archbishop of Manila

We enjoin all of the Catholic faithful in praying fervently for the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. This first Friday we learned from the Vatican the news that the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, the last rites were given to the Holy Father. Our Masses and novenas are offered for his intention. We have been praying since last month a formulary for the parishes a prayer prepared by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy for the health of the Pope. The first Friday of last month was a prayer rally mass for the Pope led by the Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gaudencio Rosales at San Carlos Seminary. We entrust the Pope whom Filipinos love with special affection to the will of God. The sufferings he patiently undertook are most valued as he united his pain with the Paschal Mystery of Christ for the Catholic flock and the rest of the world. We enjoin all to be vigilant and watchful, offering prayers for the pope we care for.

Secretary-General, CBCP



19 April 2005 

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
habemus Papam:

Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Josephum
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger
qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI


  • Urbi et Orbi Blessing

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    after our great Pope, John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard.

    I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.

    In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved Mother, stands on our side. Thank you.



Rome , 19 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the new Bishop of Rome , 265th Successor to St. Peter. The name he has chosen is: Benedict XVI.

At 17:56 in Rome , white smoke rose from the chimney atop of the Sistine Chapel. The tolling of the bells ten minutes after the smoke confirmed the affirmative signal. About an hour afterwards Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina appeared from the balcony of St. Peter´s, saying “Habemos Papam”. Thousands of people had already gathered at St. Peter's Square.

Soon afterwards the new Pope made his first appearance, amid an enthusiastic applause from the multitude. His first words, in Italian, were:

Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers. In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.

After his words, the new Pope gave his first blessing Urbi et Orbi, while the multitude acclaimed him shouting “Benedict, Benedict”.


Vatican City, Apr. 19, 2005 (CNA) - The 265th. Pontiff of the Church comes from Germany and he is Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected today as the new successor of Peter. Thousands from all around the world celebrated the announcement at St. Peter´s Square.

The Cardinal Protodeacon Jorge Medina Estévez introduced  the new Pontiff with the much awaited "Habemus Papam", in midst of the joyful acclamation of a vast multitude that packed the vatican Square and the "Via da Conciliazzione". The crowd was waiting, under a sudden rain, the first blessing of the new Pope.



Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

This is an invitation to all our choirs in the Diocese to join our upcoming Diocesan Eucharistic Congress on Nov. 5, 2005 to be held at the Immaculate conception Seminary. There will be a pre-congress seminar for all the liturgical ministers
including the choirs on Sept. 17 7am ICMS, guiguinto. Also, we would like to invite you to join our Diocesan grand choir for our Nov. 5 congress. Signify your intention to join the grand choir so we can enlist you now to join in the practices and rehearsals. Sali na po!Thanks more power!!!


Maria, Ina ng Bulacan (MIB) is a Marian Choral Festival annually celebrated by the Bulacan Master Chorale (BMC) in partnership with the Diocese of Malolos, the Diocesan Committee on Liturgical Music (DCLM) and the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. This project aims to gather a community of singers that will offer flowers and songs to the Blessed Mother in honor of the occasion her birthday in September. It is an event that also aims to uplift choral music appreciation through sharing of the gift of music amongst participating choirs.

MarIa, Ina ng Bulacan II will be held this September 10, 2005, Saturday in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Malolos City at 8 oclock in the evening.

All interested parties may contact the Bulacan
Master Chorale through MIB II Project Heads
Orvn Cataniag at 0917-9905162 or Dem Canlapan
at 0920-9234536. For your inquiries, you may also
write us at


Pope Benedict saddened by death of Cardinal Sin
06/21 9:37:34 PM

VATICAN (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of Cardinal Jaime Sin, in a telegram sent to the archbishop of Manila.
The pope recalled "with gratitude Cardinal Sin's unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel and to the promotion of the dignity, common good and national unity of the Philippine people," he said in the telegram, written in English, to Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales and released by the Vatican.

"I join with you in praying that God, our merciful father, will grant him the reward of his labors and welcome his noble soul into the joy and peace of his eternal kingdom."


Cardinal Sin dead at 76

Cardinal Jaime Sin, who played a leading role in the 1986 "People Power" uprising that forced longtime President Ferdinand Marcos from power, died Tuesday at age 76, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Manila said.

Sin had been in ill health for about a year and was unable to take part in the April conclave in Rome, Italy that named Pope Benedict XVI as the church's new leader.

The Cardinal suffered kidney problems and diabetes and is reported on Philippine radio to have died of multiple organ failure.

Sin died about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (10:30 p.m. Monday GMT), church officials said.

"History will mark its day of sadness when a great liberator of the Filipino people and a champion of God passed away," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in a statement, adding she was guided many times by "his wisdom and profound love for the poor and oppressed."

"Cardinal Sin leaves a legacy of freedom and justice forged in deep personal courage," she said.

Sin, who was named a cardinal in 1976, called his followers in the predominantly Catholic nation onto the streets in 1986 to support anti-government protests after Marcos declared himself the winner of a disputed presidential election.

The cardinal's support for the protests helped bring down Marcos, who had ruled the country for 21 years with U.S. backing under a decree of martial law.

Independent counts gave the win to Corazon Aquino, the widow of long-time Marcos rival Benigno Aquino, who had been assassinated in 1983.

But the country's problems continued, partly because of the endemic corruption that blossomed under Marcos. "We got rid of Ali Baba, but the 40 thieves remained," Sin once quipped.

Sin also had a prominent role in the 2001 ouster of President Joseph Estrada, who resigned amid allegations of widespread corruption.

He declared that Estrada had "lost the moral ascendancy to govern" and led protests demanding Estrada's resignation.

"As I enter a new chapter in my twilight years, I can say with gratitude that I have given my very best to God and country," Sin was reported saying after the late Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation.

"I beg pardon from those I might have led astray or hurt. Please remember me kindly."

Church leaders were consulting with Sin's family on funeral arrangements. His body was to be taken to Manila Cathedral, The Associated Press reports.

The 14th of 16 children of a Chinese merchant and a Filipino woman, Sin had a sense of humor about his name, often referring to his residence as "the house of Sin."

Journalist Maria Ressa contributed to this report
Copyright 2005 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.



      Last June 3, 2005, the Muling Pagkabuhay Quasi-Parish in Lawa, Meycauayan sponsored the choir seminar conducted by DCLM chairman Fr. GBoi A. Samonte and Mr. Tony Manaog, DCLM Treasurer. The seminar was attended by representatives from the 9 choirs of the quasi-parish and a guest choir from the nearby parish in Malhacan, Meycauayan.
     The seminar started at around 7:30 pm and Fr. GBoi discussed the basic principles of liturgical music. He also reminded some guidelines for the choirs. Before the short seminar ended, Fr. GBoi practiced the Sunday songs to be sung for the month of June particularly the psalms and alleluia.
     Fr. Roman Caleon, the priest in charge of the quasi parish, attended the first part of the seminar and approved of the new songs to be introduced by the choir specifically the modified version of Fr. Hontiveros' Papuri sa Diyos.
     The seminar ended at 10:00 pm. It was a short session but everyone agreed it was substantial.

CBCP Welcomes Election of Abp. Rosales to the College of Cardinals

23 February 2006 --- Philippine Catholic Bishops� Conference President, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo today warmly welcomed the election of Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales as a new cardinal.

His appointment was formally announced by outgoing Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco at a Pontifical Mass held last night at the Manila Cathedral.

Archbishop Lagdameo, in a statement, said the CBCP joined everyone in praying for the new Cardinal as he took on the awesome responsibility of leading his new ministry in the Church.

�The CBCP profoundly thanks His Holiness Pope Benedict XI for honoring on of its members, the Archbishop of Manila, with the dignity of a Cardinal,� he said.

�The CBCP joins the Archdiocese of Manila in its rejoicing over the promotion of Archbishop Rosales.�

Rosales, 73, was one the 15 new cardinals announced by the Vatican.

He will now be joining the line of Filipino Cardinals which includes Rufino Cardinal Santos, Julio Cardinal Rosales and Jaime Cardinal Sin.  he two living Cardinals are Jose Cardinal Sanchez, who is retired in the Vatican, and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu.

A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official in the Roman Catholic Church, ranking just below the Pope and appointed by him as a member of the College of Cardinals during a consistory.

The duties of the cardinals are to attend the meetings of the Sacred College and to make themselves available individually if the Pope desires their counsel. Cardinals have additional duties either leading many of the church's dioceses and archdioceses or running the Roman Curia.

The most important function of Cardinals in the Church is to elect the Roman Pontiff who usually comes from their rank. 

Rosales was born on August 10, 1932. He was ordained as a priest on March 23, 1958.

On August 1974, he was appointed by the late Pope Paul VI as Auxiliary Bishop of Manila.  While in that capacity he also served as Bishop in-Charge of Antipolo (East Antipolo, Rizal) and Director of the Pontifical Mission Society. In 1980-1982 he took charge of San Carlos Seminary as Rector.

On June 1982, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the then Prelature (later) Diocese of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, and shortly assumed as the Ordinary.

On December 1992, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II assigned him to the Archdiocese of Lipa, his home and original Diocese.

He was formally installed Archbishop of Manila on November 21, 2003. *


Sa Batong Ito by Rev. Fr. Benny Justiniano won in Bayan Umawit Song Writing Contest click here


PAGGUGUNITA by Rev. Fr. Allan Antonio
2nd Place in CBCP Himig Sambayanan
Song Writing Contest
Congratulations !!!





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