Sergio Utleg

Archbishop Emeritus of Tuguegarao
Native name
Ama Enjo Utleg
InstalledJune 15, 2011
Term endedOctober 18, 2019
PredecessorDiosdado Talamayan
SuccessorRicardo Baccay
Ordination30 March 1968
Consecration17 March 1997
by Gian Vincenzo Moreni
Personal details
Born (1943-09-11) September 11, 1943 (age 79)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
MottoVeritas liberabit vos
('The truth will set you free', John 8:32)
Coat of armsSergio Utleg's coat of arms

Sergio Lasam Utleg, D.D., (born in Solana, Cagayan, September 11, 1943),[1] is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. He is the former Archbishop of Tuguegarao in Tuguegarao, Philippines. On October 18, 2019, his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis, appointing Alaminos Bishop Ricardo Baccay as his successor.

Styles of
Sergio Lasam Utleg
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Ordination history of
Sergio Utleg
Priestly ordination
Date30 March 1968
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMost Rev. Gian Vincenzo Moreni, D.D.
Co-consecratorsMost Rev. Diosdado Aenlle Talamayan, D.D.
Most Rev. Miguel Gatan Purugganan, D.D.
Date17 March 1997
PlaceTuguegarao Cathedral
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Sergio Utleg as principal consecrator
Most Rev. Danilo Bangayan Ulep, D.D.29 July 2017

Life and church

The Most Rev. Sergio Lasam Utleg, D.D. or fondly called as "Ama Enjoe" was born 11 September 1943 in Solana, Cagayana (Philippines). He received his Philosophical and Theological Studies at the UST Central Seminary in Manila. He then obtained a MA in Sociology at the Fordham University in New York, USA in 1987 and a licentiate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1968.

He was ordained a priest in New York, USA for then Diocese of Tuguegarao on 30 March 1968. After a few years of being a parochial vicar, he became parish priest in Cordova, Amulung from 1973 to 1987 and then, parish priest in Alcala, Cagayan until 1997. At the same time, he held positions in the office for the social pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

He was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Ilagan on 10 February 1997 by Pope John Paul II. His Episcopal Consecration was on March 17, 1997 at St. Peter's Cathedral, Tuguegarao. He then succeeded as Bishop of Ilagan on July 26, 1999 following the acceptance of the resignation of his predecessor, The Most Rev. Miguel Purugganan. Then-Bishop Utleg was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Laoag on November 13, 2006 and installed as Bishop of Laoag on January 11, 2007.[3]

Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, he became President of the "Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples".

Archbishop of Tuguegarao

On June 16, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI has elevated Laoag Bishop Sergio Utleg to Archbishop of Tuguegarao replacing retiring Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan.[4][5] His resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on October 18, 2019, appointing Alaminos Bishop Ricardo Baccay as his successor as Archbishop of Tuguegarao.[6]

Coat of Arms

Lifted from the Souvenir Program “ The Rite of Liturgical Reception, Eucharistic Celebration and Canonical Possession of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao”

His Excellency The Most Reverend Sergio Lasam Utleg, D.D., Third Metropolitan Archbishop of Tuguegarao August 12, 2011. Saint Peter Cathedral, Tuguegarao City.

The two sides of the coat of arms are divided in the middle by blue wavy lines. The right side is the personal seal of the Archbishop. The left side is the seal of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

Coat of arms of Sergio Utleg
Archbishop's Galero
The shield is surmounted by an archbishop's galero or ecclesiastical hat of this rank with ten tassels for each side in Vert (green) that signifies the rank of an Archbishop.
Veritas liberabit vos
"The truth will set you free" the motto is taken from John 8:31.
Other elements
Archbishop's Cross
The shield is also surmounted by an archbishop's cross of the Order of Preachers. A reminder of the priestly formation he received from the Dominican sisters of Saint Vincent Institute in Solana and the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila.
The blue wavy lines, a symbol present in both the seal of the Archbishop and the Archdiocese, stand for the great Cagayan River on whose banks the Archbishop grew up and worked, which empties into the Babuyan Channel near Aparri, his last parish assignment. The fleur-de-lys in its center represents Our Lady of Piat.
On the upper right side is a white dove on a gold background symbolizing the Spirit of freedom; gold stands for mobility and power, white for purity and humility; both are Papal colors.
On a green background, emblazoned in red are the Greek letters Alpha and Omega. They stand for the ever-burning Truth; the Green background is the symbol of life of hope.
On the lower right stand three ears of corn. They represent three important places in the life and ministry of the Archbishop, the towns of Solana and Alcala, his birthplace and his parish assignment, respectively; and the province of Isabela, the territorial jurisdiction of the Diocese of Ilagan, where his first assignment as a bishop was. In these places, corn is one of their main produce.
The left side of the shield is dominated with green. This represents the wide fertile land of the Province of Cagayan.
On the upper left side are two keys de-bruising a Latin cross with its head downwards. These are symbols of Saint Peter, titular of the cathedral. Tuguegarao, the seat of the Archdiocese, etymologically means “fire at daytime” (tuguig arao) hence the sun at its side and the symbols of fire at the middle left.
On the lower left are mountains drawn in the Italian heraldic style symbolizing the high mountain ranges of Sierra Madre and Cordillera that surrounds the province of Cagayan.
Previous versions

as Bishop of Ilagan and Laoag


  1. ^ "MOST REV. Sergio Lasam Utleg, D.D." CBCP Online. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Archbishop Sergio Lasam Utleg". David M. Cheney. 20 February 2023. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas installed as Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan". Catholic Hierarchy. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Benedict promotes 3 Pinoy bishops". Manila Times. Archived from the original on 2011-12-17. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  5. ^ In Caelo et in Terra: "Congratulations to a Philippine bishop" June 16, 2011
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine". Retrieved 2019-11-19.
Catholic Church titles Preceded byMiguel Purugganan Bishop of Ilagan 1999–2006 Succeeded byJoseph Amangi Nacua Preceded byErnesto Antolin Salgado Bishop of Laoag 2006–2011 Succeeded byRenato Pine Mayugba Preceded byDiosdado Talamayan Archbishop of Tuguegarao 2011–2019 Succeeded byRicardo Baccay