Archdiocese of Capiz

Archidioecesis Capicensis

Artsidiyosesis sang Capiz
Arkidiyosesis ng Capiz
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical provinceCapiz
Area2,663 km2 (1,028 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2019)
810,386[1] (93.6[1]%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
  • 27 January 1951 (Diocese)
  • 17 January 1976 (Archdiocese)
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Roxas City
Secular priests114[1]
Current leadership
Archbishop-electVictor Bendico
SuffragansJose Corazon Tala-oc (Kalibo)
Narciso Abellana (Romblon)
Vicar GeneralCyril Villareal
Bishops emeritusJose Advincula (2011-2021)
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Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capiz is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The archdiocese covers the entire province of Capiz on the island of Panay in the Visayas, central Philippines, and has its see in Roxas City.

Following the installation of Cardinal Jose Advincula as Archbishop of Manila, Cyril Villareal, Vicar General of the archdiocese, was elected as Archdiocesan Administrator on June 28, 2021.

On March 3, 2023, Pope Francis appointed incumbent Baguio Bishop Victor Bendico as archbishop of Capiz.[2] No date has been set yet for his installation. [3]


The Diocese of Capiz was carved from the territory of the Archdiocese of Jaro on 27 January 1951, and covered the whole civil provinces of Capiz (which included Aklan until 1956) and Romblon.

Two dioceses were eventually created from its territory: the Diocese of Romblon (19 December 1974) and the Diocese of Kalibo (17 January 1976).

On 17 January 1976, Pope Paul VI elevated the bishopric to the rank of an archdiocese through his Papal Bull Nimium Patens which turned it into an ecclesiastical province. The dioceses of Romblon and Kalibo became its suffragans.

The archdiocese retained the name Capiz since its establishment predates the renaming of the municipality where it sits into Roxas City (11 April 1951).

Coat of Arms

The silver crescent on the blue background symbolizes the Immaculate Conception, titular of the cathedral. The twins (kapid in Visayan) suggest the name of the territory of the diocese, the province of Capiz. The gold background indicates the unique honor accruing to the province from the fact that the highest men in Church and State at the time when the Philippines became a republic were both from Capiz: the Gabriel M. Reyes then-Archbishop of Manila and Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. Hence, the twin at the dexter side holds a patriarchal cross, insignia of an archbishop, while the one at the sinister side holds a sheathed ancient ceremonial sword of command.[4]

Suffragan dioceses


List of Ordinaries

Bishops of Capiz

Name Period in Office Coat of Arms
From Until
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Manuel Porcia Yap February 13, 1951 March 5, 1952
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2 Antonio Floro Frondosa March 5, 1952 January 17, 1976
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Archbishops of Capiz

Name Period in Office Coat of arms
From Until
1 Antonio Floro Frondosa January 17, 1976 June 18, 1986
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Bishop Onesimo Gordoncillo.jpg
Onesimo Cadiz
June 18, 1986 November 9, 2011
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Cardinal José Lázaro Fuerte Advíncula, Jr., O.P., D.D.jpg
Jose Fuerte Advincula November 9, 2011 June 24, 2021
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Sede Vacante Cyril B. Villareal
Archdiocesan Administrator
June 28, 2021 Present

Affiliated bishops

Administered Schools

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Archdiocese of Capiz". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Resignations and Appointments". Holy See Press Office. March 3, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  3. ^ "RPope Francis names new Capiz archbishop". CBCP News. March 3, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  4. ^ Madriaga, Mariano (1958). "The Coats-of-Arms of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions in the Philippines: Part III. Visayas and Mindanao". Philippine Studies. 6 (2): 165–173. JSTOR 42719371. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  5. ^ Gomes, R. (2021, March 25). Pope appoints new Archbishop in Manila. Vatican News.

Coordinates: 11°35′01″N 122°45′11″E / 11.5836°N 122.7530°E / 11.5836; 122.7530