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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 (including non-members)
(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 saintOur Lady of Piat
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 tennets of Christian faith but also western technologies, infrastructures and ideas that helped in the livelihood and welfare of the Cagayanos.

On September 17, 1902, Pope Leo XIII issued the Apostolic Constitution "Quae Mari Cinico" which sought to rehabilitate the Philippine Church. It also led to the establishment of new dioceses in the archipelago and among those new dioceses was Tuguegarao. However, it was the decree of the Congregation of the Sacred Consistory "Nova Diocesum Circumscriptio In Insulis Philippinis" of April 10, 1910 which put into effect the foundation of the Diocese of Tuguegarao. At the time of its foundation until 1951, its territorial jurisdiction stretches 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. He was regarded as the "Teaching Bishop" because of his priority to 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 continued the rehabilitation of the diocese of Tuguegarao. 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, D.D. 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.[1]

Coat of Arms

Arms Blazon Notes
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"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."[2] Coat of Arms impaled in the Coat of Arms of Archbishop Teodulfo Domingo (1957-1986)
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Tuguegarao.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."[3] 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
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
Maurice Patrick Foley† 1 Sep 1910 6 Sep 1916
Coat of arms of Maurice Patrick Foley.svg
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
Santiago Caragnan Sancho† 5 Feb 1917 22 Apr 1927
Coat of arms of Santiago Caragnan Sancho as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
Constancio Jurgens, C.I.C.M. 27 Jan 1928 6 May 1950
Coat of arms of Constant Jurgens.svg
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
Alejandro Ayson Olalia† 6 May 1950 28 Dec 1953
Coat of arms of Alejandro Ayson Olalia as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Sede Vacante - Apostolic Administrator Juan Callanta Sison† 28 Dec 1953 29 Apr 1957
Coat of arms Juan Callanta Sison as Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia.svg
Archdiocese of Tuguegarrao coat of arms.svg
Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo 29 Apr 1957 21 Sep 1974
Coat of arms of Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo as Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
No. Picture Name From Until Coat of arms
Archdiocese of Tuguegarao coat of arms.svg
Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo 21 Sep 1974 31 Jan 1986
Coat of arms of Teodulfo Sabugal Domingo as Archbishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Archbishop Diosadado Talamayan.jpg
Diosadado Aenelle Talamayan 31 Jan 1986 15 Jun 2011
Coat of arms of Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan.svg
Abp. Sergio L. Utleg.jpg
Sergio Lasam Utleg 15 Jun 2011 18 October 2019
Coat of arms of Sergio Lasam Utleg as Archbishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Abp. Ricardo Baccay,.jpg
Ricardo Lingan Baccay 18 October 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 1 Dec 1969 3 Aug 1977 (Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia) Selia
Coat of arms of Paciano Basilio Aniceto as Archbishop of San Fernando.svg
Paciano Basilio Aniceto 7 Apr 1979 20 Oct 1983 (Appointed, Bishop of Iba) Tlos
Coat of arms of Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan.svg
Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan 20 Oct 1983 31 Jan 1986, (Succeeded, 2nd Archbishop of Tuguegarao) Girus
Coat of arms of Ricardo Lingan Baccay as Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao.svg
Ricardo Lingan Baccay 10 Apr 2007 20 Feb 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. ^ "WATCH|THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF TUGUEGARAO". Facebook. September 21, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ 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. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Ecclesiastical Review 1911-07: Vol 45 Iss 1". July 1911. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

Coordinates: 17°36′49″N 121°43′48″E / 17.6137°N 121.7300°E / 17.6137; 121.7300