Diocese of Cubao

Dioecesis Cubaoensis

  • Diyosesis ng Cubao
  • Diócesis de Cubao
Cubao Cathedral, the seat of the Diocese of Cubao
Coat of arms with the motto Civitas Supra Montem Posita ("A City Set on a Hill")
Country Philippines
TerritoryQuezon City
  • District 1
  • District 3 (except Barangay Matandang Balara)
  • District 4
  • District 6 (some barangays)
Ecclesiastical provinceManila
Area76 km2 (29 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,468,829[1] (80%)
Parishes46 parishes, 1 non-parochial shrine
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 28, 2003; 20 years ago (June 28, 2003)
CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao
PatronessImmaculate Conception
Secular priests63
Current leadership
BishopHonesto Flores Ongtioco
Metropolitan ArchbishopJose Advincula
Vicar GeneralSteven C. Zabala

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao (Latin: Dioecesis Cubaoensis) is a diocese of the western Latin Church of the Catholic Church in district of Cubao in Quezon City, in northern Metro Manila, Philippines. The diocese was created by Pope John Paul II on June 28, 2003[2] from the ecclesiastical district of Cubao of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. It was canonically erected on August 28, 2003, with the installation of Honesto Flores Ongtioco as the first Bishop of Cubao. The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title Immaculate Conception, is the principal patroness of the diocese.

The diocese is composed of 45 full parishes including three national shrines, two minor basilicas; two quasi-parishes; one non-parochial diocesan shrine; and one mission station. These are clustered into six separate vicariates.


On December 3, 1974, Manila Archbishop Jaime Sin divided Quezon City into four vicariates: the Vicariates of Santa Rita, of Holy Family, of Saint Joseph, and of Santo Nino.

On August 10, 1987, the ecclesiastical district of Quezon City was divided into two: Quezon City-North and Quezon City-South. On March 15, 2002, the district's territories were revised and the southern district renamed the ecclesiastical district of Cubao. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Socrates Villegas became the district bishop with Monsignor Daniel Santa Maria as its episcopal vicar.

On June 28, 2003, Pope John Paul II signed the papal bull Quo Satius Provideretur and the district was made a diocese, along with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan and Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig. Honesto F. Ongtioco, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga, was named its first bishop and was formally installed on August 28, 2003. The Immaculate Conception Parish at 39 Lantana Street, Barangay Immaculate Conception, Cubao, Quezon City, became the Cubao Cathedral and seat of the diocese.

Territorial jurisdiction

The diocese comprises the southern part of Quezon City, starting from Tandang Sora Avenue and Mactan Street leading throughout the south of the city, particularly the three legislative districts of the city in the south: District 1 (all barangays), District 3 (except Barangays Camp Aguinaldo, Matandang Balara and EDSA Shrine in Brgy. Ugong Norte along EDSA-Ortigas), and District 4 (except the lower part of Barangay Bagong Lipunan ng Crame). In addition to, it comprises some barangays in District 6, namely Sangandaan, Baesa, Apolonio Samson, Unang Sigaw, Balon-bato (or Balumbato), New Era, and portions of Culiat and Tandang Sora that are found on the southern portion across Tandang Sora Avenue. Three properties owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila are located within the diocese's jurisdiction which are Radio Veritas 846, Our Lady of Veritas Chapel, and EDSA Shrine.[3]

Camp Aguinaldo and the portion of Camp Crame south of Bonny Serrano Avenue, with Veterans Memorial Medical Center along North Avenue, Project 6, are under the jurisdiction of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, whereas Barangay Matandang Balara under the Diocese of Novaliches.


Order Image Episcopate Name Place of birth Age at start/end of episcopacy Notes Coat of arms
1 August 28, 2003
– present
(20 years, 195 days)
Honesto Flores Ongtioco San Fernando, Pampanga 54 / — First bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, also the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Malolos following the death of its Bishop Jose F. Oliveros.[4]


Coat of arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao
The arms of the Diocese of Cubao consists of:
Elaborately decorated heraldic Western mitre.
Three hills surmounted by a Tau cross against a yellow field. The lower half contains four, five-petalled white flowers on a blue field.
Civitas Supra Montem Posita (English: A City Set on a Hill)

See also


  1. ^ "Cubao (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  2. ^ "Quo Satius Provideretur" (in Latin). Libreria Editrice Vaticana. June 28, 2003. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Story of EDSA Shrine | EDSA Shrine". www.edsashrine.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "MOST REV. HONESTO F. ONGTIOCO, D.D." www.cbcponline.net. Archived from the original on January 9, 2004.

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