Diocese of Masbate

Dioecesis Masbatensis

Diyosesis san Masbate
Diyosesis ng Masbate
Diócesis de Masbate
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Masbate
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
Coordinates12°22′08″N 123°37′08″E / 12.36877°N 123.61887°E / 12.36877; 123.61887
Area7,000 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
917,532[1] (93.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMarch 23, 1968 (created), September 25, 1968 (canonically erected)
CathedralSaint Anthony of Padua Cathedral
Patron saintAnthony of Padua
Secular priests60
Current leadership
BishopJosé S. Bantolo
Metropolitan ArchbishopArchbishop-Elect Rex Andrew Alarcon
Vicar GeneralEusebio Llonoso
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Masbate
Territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Masbate
Statistics from Catholic-Hierarchy.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate (Latin: Dioecesis Masbatensis) is a diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The seat of the bishop is the Cathedral Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua along Quezon Street, Masbate City.

The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes and is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Cáceres. Its patron is Saint Anthony of Padua.

The former coat of arms of the Diocese of Masbate features a gold island (masbad‒a lot of gold) topped with a church upon an agitated sea, in canton a book and lily, the symbols of St. Anthony of Padua.


With the other provinces of Bicol, Masbate once belonged to the Archdiocese of Cáceres. When Cáceres was elevated to the status of an archdiocese on June 29, 1951, Masbate became part of the newly erected Diocese of Sorsogon. Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of Masbate on March 23, 1968. It was formally inaugurated on September 25, 1968, with Porfírio Rivera Iligan, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cáceres, as its first bishop.


No Name In office Coat of arms
1. Bishop Porfirio R. Iligan June 17, 1968 – February 14, 1998
2. Bishop Joel Z. Baylon February 14, 1998 – October 1, 2009 appointed Bishop of Legazpi
2. Bishop José S. Bantolo June 15, 2011 – present


The vicar-general assists the bishop in the administrative duties over the diocese. The offices of the vicar general and the episcopal vicars temporarily ceased upon the vacancy of the episcopal see.

See also


  1. ^ "Masbate (Catholic Diocese)". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2023-09-11.