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The Diocese of Balanga is one of the 72 ecclesiastical territories called dioceses of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It comprises the whole province of Bataan. It was established on March 17, 1975, appointing the Most Rev. Celso Guevarra as the first Bishop on June 4, 1975. The current bishop is Most. Rev. Ruperto C. Santos who was appointed as bishop on April 1, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Diocese of Balanga

Dioecesis Balangensis

Diyosesis ng Balanga
Diócesis de Balanga
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Balanga.png
Coat of Arms
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceSan Fernando
MetropolitanSan Fernando
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established17 March 1975
CathedralDiocesan Shrine and Cathedral-Parish of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
Current leadership
BishopRuperto C. Santos
Metropolitan ArchbishopFlorentino Lavarias
Website of the Diocese

The diocese comprises the whole civil province of Bataan. It comprises 34 parishes and 2 chaplaincies. The Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral-Parish of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary in Aguire Street, Poblacion, Balanga City, serves as the seat of the diocese.

The titular patron of the diocese is St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, whose feast day falls on March 19. The city fiesta is celebrated on April 28.


Brief historyEdit

Cathedral of Balanga

The Diocese of Balanga was established on March 17, 1975. It comprises the entire civil province of Bataan, the smallest among the provinces of Central Luzon. The province is a peninsula jutting out to sea, with Manila Bay to the east, China Sea to the west, and the province of Zambales to the north.

Before this, the region was divided into two parts: the Corregimiento of Mariveles and the Province of Pampanga. The towns of Mariveles, Bagac, Morong and Maragondon, Cavite comprised the Corregimiento of Mariveles that was under the jurisdiction of the Recollect Order of the Roman Catholic Church. The province of Pampanga included the towns of Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Abucay, Samal, Orani, Llana Hermosa and San Juan de Dinalupihan. The latter group was under the charge of the Dominican Order. Limay, the twelfth town of Bataan, was named only in 1917.

The topography of the province has made most of the inhabitants farmers or fishermen, with a sprinkling of merchants, factory workers and professionals. Recent years, however, have seen the development of manufacturing industries in the province, particularly the Free Zone in Mariveles, which has brought an influx of workers from other provinces and improved living conditions of its own workers.

Historically, Bataan is most remembered, along with the island of Corregidor, as the main scene of action in the Philippines during the Second World War. These places are strategic in guarding the entrance to Manila Bay. The surrender of Filipino and American soldiers to overwhelming Japanese forces marked the Fall of Bataan in 1942. A war memorial, Dambana ng Kagitingan, now stands to honor the men who fought and died in that last stand.


The miter symbolizes the pastoral authority of the bishop-elect, which he will be exercising within the province.

The three long-stemmed lilies, symbols of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the Cathedral. According to legend the staves of the many suitors of the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the temple; the staff of Saint Joseph bloomed to signify that he was the one chosen by God to be the head of the Holy Family. Blue signifies peace, justice and tranquility. Saint Joseph was called "just" by the Gospel. He was a placid and silent man, too.[1]

The three youths reading books. Bataan, the civil province co-terminus with the Diocese, means the Land of the Youth, the hope of the Fatherland. The books being read by each are respectively marked VIA, meaning Christ The Way; VERITAS, meaning Christ The Truth; and VITA, meaning Christ The Life. Overhead is the golden sun with the letters IHS, meaning Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12; 9:5). He is the "real light that comes into the world and shines on all men" (John 1:9). He is the Lamb, the lamp of the Celestial Jerusalem (Revelation 21:23), the Sun of Justice (Malachi 4:2). He also said, "I am The Way, I am The Truth, I am The Life" (John 14:6). So in the light of Christ that is explained by the Church, we must study and follow and live Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. This study entails seriousness, this following of Christ means patience, this living of Christ requires perseverance—virtues signified by the red color.[2]


Name Formerly Bishop of Appointed to the Diocese Appointed elsewhere Length in office Coat of Arms
  Celso N. Guevarra (Died Aug. 13, 2002, tomb in the bell tower of the cathedral) Titular Bishop of Vannida, Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Philippines June 4, 1975 Retired April 8, 1998 22 years, 308 days
  Honesto F. Ongtioco Priest of San Fernando, Pampanga April 8, 1998 (Ordained Bishop June 18, 1998) Appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao June 28, 2003 5 years, 81 days
  Socrates Buenaventura Villegas Titular Bishop of Nona, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Philippines May 3, 2004 (Installed on July 3, 2004) Appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan September 8, 2009 5 years, 128 days
  Ruperto Santos Priest of Manila, Philippines April 1, 2010 (Installed on July 8, 2010) 9 years, 139 days

Diocesan CuriaEdit


Administrative SectionEdit

Diocesan Bishop’s Council (Presbyteral)

  • Rev. Fr. Josue V. Enero (Vicar General)
  • Rev. Fr. Antonio M. Quintos, Jr. (Oeconomus)
  • Rev. Fr. Percival V. Medina (Chancellor)
  • Rev. Fr. Mario A. Margallo VF
  • Rev. Fr. Antonio D. Bernaldo VF
  • Rev. Fr. Gerardo P. Jorge VF
  • Rev. Fr. Edilbert S. Pomer VF
  • Rev. Msgr. Antonio S. Dumaual EV BEC-KRISMA
  • Rev. Fr. Noel Nuguid YOUTH
  • Rev. Fr. Rosauro V. Guila DSOB Superintendent
  • Rev. Msgr. Remigio R. Hizon, Jr. SOCIAL ACTION
  • Rev. Fr. Ernesto B. de Leon ECCE
  • Rev. Fr. Milver Cruz LITURGY

Diocesan Pastoral CouncilEdit

  • President: Most Rev. Ruperto C. Santos, D.D.
  • Vice-President: Rev. Msgr. Antonio Dumaual
  • Secretary: Rev. Fr. Percival V. Medina


  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Buhay Panalangin
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Pagpapahalaga sa Eukaristiya
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis sa mga Sakramento ng Pagpapagaling
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Pagpapakasakit
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Bayanihan at Kabayanihan
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Dukha
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa mga Kabataan
  • Komisyon ng Diyosesis para sa Katolikong Edukasyon at Katekesis

St. Joseph Diocesan Financial FoundationEdit

  • President: Mr. Carlos Mateo
  • Vice President: Dr. Ramil Pizarro
  • Secretary: Ms. Agnes de Leon
  • Treasurer: Ms. Sonia Magtanong
  • Auditor: Mr. Florencio Lucio
  • PRO: Mr. Antonio Perez, Mr. Jimmy Castillo, Ms. Josefina Tolentino

Coordinators of the VicariatesEdit

  • Vicariate of St. Peter of Verona: Rev. Msgr. Antonio Dumaual
  • Vicariate of St. Dominic of Guzman: Rev. Fr Abraham Pantig
  • Vicariate of Our Lady of the Pillar: Rev. Fr. Edilbert Pomer
  • Vicariate of St. Michael the Archangel: Rev. Fr. Santi de Tablan

Judiciary SectionEdit

  • Advocate: Rev. Msgr. Hernando B. Guanzon, JCD

Pastoral SectionEdit

  • Diocesan Commission on Clergy Affairs Director: Rev. Fr Joel Jimenez


Vicariate of St. Peter of Verona

(Northern Bataan)

Vicariate of St. Dominic of Guzman

(Eastern Bataan)

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Pillar

(Central Bataan)

Vicariate of St. Michael the Archangel

(Southern Bataan)

Dinalupihan - St. John the Baptist
  • Pagalanggang - St. Catherine of Alexandria
  • Colo - Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Roosevelt - St. Jerome Emiliani
  • San Ramon - St. Raymund Nonnatus
  • New San Jose - St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

Hermosa - St. Peter of Verona

  • Balsic - Holy Family
  • Culis - St. Lorenzo Ruiz
Orani - Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Diocesan Shrine)
  • Tapulao - St. John the Evangelist
  • Tala - St. Josephine Bakhita

Samal - St. Catherine of Siena

  • Calaguiman - St. Vincent Ferrer

Abucay - St. Dominic of Guzman

  • Mabatang - St. Anthoninus of Florence
  • Bangkal - St. Thomas Aquinas
Balanga - St. Joseph, Husband of Mary (Cathedral and Diocesan Shrine)
  • Puerto Rivas Ibaba - Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Cupang Proper - Sto. Cristo
  • Munting Batangas - Divine Mercy (Diocesan Shrine)

Pilar - Our Lady of the Pillar

  • Nagwaling - St. Isidore the Farmer

Bagac - St. Catherine of Alexandria (Diocesan Shrine)

  • Parang - St. Francis Xavier
  • Saysayin - St. Vincent Ferrer

Morong - Our Lady of the Pillar

  • Nagbalayong - Our Lady of Lourdes
Orion - St. Michael the Archangel
  • Calungusan - Sts. Peter and Paul

Limay - St. Francis of Assisi

  • Lamao - St. Roch of Montpellier (Diocesan Shirine)

Mariveles - St. Nicholas of Tolentine

  • Cabcaben - St. Joseph the Worker
  • Malaya (BEPZ) - Our Lady of Fatima
  • Alas-Asin - Sto. Niño
  • Alion-Batangas II - Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Mt. View - St. Gemma Galgani


1588 - ABUCAY


1596 - SAMAL

1607 - MORONG

1667 - ORION

1714 - ORANI

1739 - BALANGA

1756 - HERMOSA

1801 - PILAR


1873 - BAGAC

1930 - LIMAY, Cabcaben (Mariveles)

1975 - Establishment of the Diocese of Balanga

1978 - Malaya [BEPZ] (Mariveles)

1980 - Puerto Rivas Ibaba (Balanga), Parang (Bagac)

1985 - Colo (Dinalupihan)

1990 - Balsic (Hermosa)

1994 - San Ramon (Dinalupihan), Tapulao (Orani), Lamao (Limay)

1996 - Cupang Proper (Balanga)

1999 - Calaguiman (Samal), Mabatang (Abucay), Calungusan (Orion)

2004 - Nagwaling (Pilar), Alas-Asin (Mariveles)

2005 - Roosevelt (Dinalupihan), New San Jose (Dinalupihan), Bangkal (Abucay), Saysain (Bagac), Alion-Batangas II (Mariveles)

2006 - Tala (Orani)

2012 - Munting Batangas (Balanga), Nagbalayong (Morong), Mt. View (Mariveles)

2013 - Culis (Hermosa)


  1. ^ COAT OF ARMS of Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D.Bishop of Balanga paragraph 4
  2. ^ COAT OF ARMS of Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. Bishop of Balanga paragraph 5

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