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Archdiocese of Tuguegarao

Archidioecesis Tuguegaraoana

  • Arkidiocesis ti Tuguegarao (Ilocano)
  • Arkidiocesis nat Tuguegarao (Ibanag)
  • Archidiocensya yoh Tuguegaraow (Malaweg)
  • Arkidiyosesis ng Tuguegarao


  • Arquidiócesis de Tuguegaráo (Spanish)
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao
Archdiocesan coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceTuguegarao
Area9,000 km2 (3,500 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,356,000 (79.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedSeptember 21, 1974
CathedralSaint Peter Metropolitan Cathedral in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Patron saintSt. Peter
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev. Ricardo L. Baccay, D.D.
SuffragansDiocese of Bayombong
Diocese of Ilagan
Prelature of Batanes
Vicar GeneralMsgr. Gerard Ariston P. Perez
Bishops emeritusThe Most Rev. Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan, D.D., Ph.D., S.T.D. Archbishop Emeritus (1986-2011) The Most Rev. Sergio Lasam Utleg, D.D. Archbishop Emeritus (2011-2019)
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.

Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Tuguegarao is a river delta city that became center of the archdiocese in the Province of Cagayan, on the island of Luzon. Its seat is located at the Saint Peter's Metropolitan Cathedral.


The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, the present territorial jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao covers the entire province of Cagayan.


The missionaries of Order of Preachers first evangelized Cagayan in 1595. They brought not only the tenets of Christian faith but also western technologies, infrastructures and ideas that helped in the livelihood and welfare of the Cagayanos. The Church of Saint Peter was constructed in 1761. It later became the diocesan cathedral.[1]

The Diocese of Tuguegarao was created April 10, 1910[2] with decree of the Congregation of the Sacred Consistory "Nova Diocesum Circumscriptio In Insulis Philippinis". At the time of its foundation until 1951, its territorial jurisdiction stretched from the Batanes to Nueva Vizcaya.

The first bishop of Tuguegarao was Bishop Maurice P. Foley, D.D. and he took possession of his diocese on December 6, 1911. He convoked the first Diocesan Synod of Tuguegarao from April 16–19, 1912. After his appointment as bishop of Jaro, he was succeeded by Bishop Santiago C. Sancho, D.D. as the second bishop of Tuguegarao. He established the San Jacinto Seminary in 1980 in order to cater to the formation of native clergy and it was given to the administration of Dominicans of the Collegio de San Jacinto. He convoked the second Diocesan Synod of Tuguegarao from April 12–14, 1923.

Bishop Sancho was appointed bishop of Nueva Segovia in 1927 and he was succeeded by Bishop Constant J. Jurgens, CICM, D.D. as the third bishop of Tuguegarao.[3] He was regarded as the "Teaching Bishop" because of his priority for education as a tool for evangelization. He also promoted catechism for children and the devotion to the blessed Mother in his diocese. He convoked the third Diocesan Synod of Tuguegarao from August 27–28, 1935. Bishop Jurgens was the bishop of Tuguegarao during the Second World War.

Bishop Jurgens resigned on May 6, 1950, and he was succeeded by his Coadjutor, Bishop Alejandro A. Olalia, D.D. He re-opened the San Jacinto Seminary as a minor seminary 18-years after it was closed by his predecessor in 1932. Bishop Olalia took part in the First Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1953. Upon his appointment as bishop of Lipa, a four-year vacancy ensued the diocese. The auxiliary bishop of Nueva Segovia, Bishop Juan C. Sison, D.D. served as apostolic administrator. There were significant events that occurred in those 4 years. On June 20, 1954, the image of Our Lady of Piat was canonically crowned by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi at the patio of the St. Peter's Cathedral. He also built the present residence and offices of the bishop of Tuguegarao.

In 1957, Fr. Teodulfo S. Domingo was appointed as the fourth bishop of Tuguegarao and he was the first native of Cagayan to be consecrated as bishop. Bishop Domingo took part in all the session of the Second Vatican Council and he was a witness to the early years of the implementation of council's reforms in the diocese of Tuguegarao. On September 21, 1974, Tuguegarao was elevated as an archdiocese by Pope Paul VI and Bishop Teodulfo S. Domingo was appointed as the first archbishop of Tuguegarao. He is the longest serving ordinary of Tuguegarao.

Having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, Archbishop Domingo resigned on January 31, 1986, and he was succeeded by the auxiliary bishop of Tuguegarao, Bishop Diosdado A. Talamayan, D.D. as the second archbishop of Tuguegarao. He founded the priestly formation institute at the Lyceum of Aparri in 1990. He took part in the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991 and later convoked the first Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly of Tuguegarao also that same year.

On March 10, 1997, the Sanctuary of the Our Lady of Piat was elevated to a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II.

On June 15, 2011, Archbishop Talamayan was succeeded by Bishop Sergio L. Utleg, D.D. as the third archbishop of Tuguegarao. Archbishop Utleg is renowned of his advocacies promoting social justice and the protection of the integrity of creation.

On October 18, 2019, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Utleg and he was succeeded by Bishop Ricardo L. Baccay, D.D. as the fourth Archbishop of Tuguegarao. He is the first archbishop of Tuguegarao from Tuguegarao City. He was installed on January 14, 2020, at the St. Peter's Metropolitan Cathedral.[4]

Historical Summary

Date Event From To
10 Apr 1910 Erected Diocese of Nueva Segovia Diocese of Tuguegarao (erected)
30 Nov 1950 Territory Lost Diocese of Tuguegarao Territorial Prelature of Batanes and the Babuyan Islands (erected)
29 Jun 1951 Metropolitan Changed Diocese of Tuguegarao (from Manila)
7 Nov 1966 Territory Lost Diocese of Tuguegarao Territorial Prelature of Bayombong (erected)
31 Jan 1970 Territory Lost Diocese of Tuguegarao Diocese of Ilagan (erected)
21 Sept 1974 Elevated Diocese of Tuguegarao Archdiocese of Tuguegarao

Coat of Arms

Arms Blazon Notes
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms 1986.svg
"Vert (green), a pale wavy argent (silver) and a fleur-de-lys counterchaged in argent (silver) and azure (blue) surmounting in center, accosted in dexter chief by two keys or (gold) and argent (silver) addorsed and crossed debruising an inverted latin cross tenné (tan), and a sun (or) "in splendour" in sinister chief, between two fire proper in center and mountain or (gold) in base paleways." Present Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese (1986–Present)
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
"Between two vert (green) fields is a azure (blue) wavy pale with a argent (silver) fluer-de-lys in the center. On chief of the dexter field are two or (gold) keys crossed debruising a Latin cross with its head downwards. On sinister field is a or (gold) sun in splendour. On center of each green field is fire proper and at base are argent (silver) mountains drawn in the Italian heraldric style."[5] Coat of Arms impaled in the Coat of Arms of Archbishop Teodulfo Domingo (1957-1986)
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms 1910.svg
"Per bend sinister azure (silver) and gules (red), a sword in pale argent (silver), the hilt up or (gold), between two keys paleways addorsed, wards up, the dexter of the fourth, the sinister of the third, in dexter chief a star of six points or (gold) of the fourth."[6] Coat of Arms seen in the coat of arms of Bishop Maurice Foley and designed by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (1910-1916).

Suffragan dioceses

Coat of Arms Diocese Bishop Territory
Diocese of Ilagan.svg
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan Most Rev. David William Valencia Antonio, D.D.
(since February 12, 2019)
Diocese of Bayombong Coat of Arms.svg
Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayombong Most Rev. Jose Elmer Imas Mangalinao, D.D.
(since July 25, 2018)
Nueva Vizcaya|Quirino
Prelature of batanes coat of arms.svg
Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Batanes Most Rev. Danilo Bangayan Ulep, D.D.
(since August 8, 2017)

Episcopal Ordinaries

No. Name From Until Coat of Arms
M. Foley 1911.jpg
Maurice Patrick Foley† September 1, 1910 September 6, 1916
Coat of arms of Maurice Patrick Foley.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao.svg
Santiago Caragnan Sancho† February 5, 1917 April 22, 1927
Coat of arms of Santiago Caragnan Sancho as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao.svg
Constancio Jurgens, C.I.C.M. January 27, 1928 May 6, 1950
Coat of arms of Constant Jurgens.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao (1950-1986).svg
Alejandro Ayson Olalia† May 6, 1950 December 28, 1953
Coat of arms of Alejandro Ayson Olalia as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Sede Vacante - Apostolic Administrator Juan Callanta Sison† December 28, 1953 April 29, 1957
Coat of arms Juan Callanta Sison as Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao (1950-1986).svg
Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo April 29, 1957 September 21, 1974
Coat of arms of Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
No. Picture Name From Until Coat of arms
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao (1950-1986).svg
Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo September 21, 1974 January 31, 1986
Coat of arms of Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo as Archbishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Archbishop Diosadado Talamayan.jpg
Diosadado Aenelle Talamayan January 31, 1986 June 15, 2011
Coat of arms of Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan.svg
Abp. Sergio L. Utleg.jpg
Sergio Lasam Utleg June 15, 2011 October 18, 2019
Coat of arms of Sergio Lasam Utleg as Archbishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Abp. Ricardo Baccay,.jpg
Ricardo Lingan Baccay October 18, 2019 Incumbent
Coat of Arms of Ricardo Baccay.svg

Timeline of Episcopal Ordinaries

Ricardo BaccaySergio UtlegDiosadado TalamayanTeodulfo DomingoConstant Jurgens

Auxiliary Bishops

No. Picture Name From Until Titular See
Coat of arms of Salvador Lazo Lazo.svg
Salvador Lazo Lazo December 1, 1969 August 3, 1977 (Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia) Selia
Coat of arms of Paciano Basilio Aniceto as Archbishop of San Fernando.svg
Paciano Basilio Aniceto April 7, 1979 October 20, 1983 (Appointed, Bishop of Iba) Tlos
Coat of arms of Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan as Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan October 20, 1983 January 31, 1986, (Succeeded, 2nd Archbishop of Tuguegarao) Girus
Coat of arms of Ricardo Lingan Baccay as Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Ricardo Lingan Baccay April 10, 2007 February 20, 2016 (Appointed, Bishop of Alaminos) Gabala

Other Priests of this Diocese who became Bishops


The office of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao is currently located at The Archbishop's Palace, Rizal Street, Centro 10, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines.

See also


  1. ^ Galende, OSA, Pedro (2007). Philippine Church Facades (First ed.). Manila, Philippines: San Agustin Museum. p. 101. ISBN 9789710724338.
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Tuguegarao", Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc.
  3. ^ Boletin Eclesiastico de Filipinas, Volume 06, number 64 (September 1928) Manila, University of Santo Tomas Ecclesiastical Publications Office, Miguel de Benavides Library
  4. ^ "THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF TUGUEGARAO". Facebook. September 21, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Madriaga, Mariano (1957). "The Coats-of-Arms of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions in the Philippines: Part II. The Suffragan Sees in the Luzon Area". Philippine Studies. 5 (4): 420–430. JSTOR 42719342. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Ecclesiastical Review 1911-07: Vol 45 Iss 1". Catholic University of America Press. July 1911. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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