|Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao|
Façade of Cubao Cathedral at dusk
|Website||Immaculate Conception Cathedral|
|Former name(s)||Immaculate Conception Parish|
|Founded||July 15, 1950|
|Dedication||Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Dedicated||December 8, 1949|
|Consecrated||July 15, 1950|
|Parish||Immaculate Conception Parish|
|Subdivision||Vicariate of the Holy Family|
|Bishop(s)||Most. Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D.|
|Rector||Rev. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., SCSL|
- For the church of the same name, see Manila Cathedral
Cubao Cathedral, formally known as the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Cubao. It was built in 1950 by the Society of the Divine Word, belonging to them until 1990 when the Archdiocese of Manila took over its administration. In 2003, it became the cathedral when the Diocese of Cubao was erected. The present rector of the cathedral is Rev. Fr. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., SCSL.
Since 1935, the SVD priests of Christ the King Mission Seminary attended to the pastoral and spiritual needs of a limited farming community around Manga Road in Cubao by first celebrating mass in a small chapel near the present Cubao rotonda. Fr. Henry Demond, SVD then celebrated Mass in the residence of a certain Carbonell family, before to a quonset mess hall on what are now Spence and Brooklyn streets. The building was abandoned by the combined US-Philippine Commonwealth Armed Forces. As with other agrarian communities, farmers tilling the surrounding rice paddies invoked San Isidro Labradór, so the chapel built there was dedicated to him and belonged to the Sacred Heart Parish in Kamuníng. While teaching as theology professor at Christ the King Mission Seminary (and later as Prefect of Scholastics), Fr. Ambrosio Manaligod consistently lent a helping hand to the pastoral work of the parish especially in the direction of lay organisations.
In 1949, the chapel was re-dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. On 15 July 1950, the community chapel was elevated into a parish, the first curé were the Argentine Fr. Juan Simon (1950–1954); he was succeeded by the German Frs. Alois Vogel (1954-1956) and Benito Rixner (1956–1958). For years the parish remained under the administration of the Society of the Divine Word, which was easy due to the proximity of the church to the main residence of the SVD missionaries at Christ the King Mission Seminary.
In 1989, SVD Superiors offered the parish to the Archdiocese of Manila in keeping with the missionary spirit marked out in their constitutions. Official handover took place on Easter Sunday, 1990 with Msgr. Reynaldo Celso as the First Diocesan parish priest. Due to the population increase of Catholics in Metro Manila, the Archdiocese was gradually partitioned, creating the new diocese of Cubao on 28 August 2003. The parish was selected to be the seat of the new diocese and its bishop, and extensive renovations were carried out soon after.
On December 30, 2014, GMA Network TV celebrities Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera held their wedding at Cubao Cathedral, where Dingdong was Baptized. This Historic Royal Wedding was attended by Various Philippine Celebrities and Politicians, and it was One of the Most Expensive Church Wedding ever held in the Philippines.
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral once belonged to the Archdiocese of Manila, but is now the seat of the Diocese of Cubao. It is currently remains a parish in its own right as a part of the Vicariate of the Holy Family.
The parish itself is bounded to the north by a creek running Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. and Ermín García Avenues; to the east by EDSA; to the south by Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue (Santolan Road); and to the southwest by a small portion of Ermitaño Creek, parts of Horseshoe Village, N. Domingo Street and Balete Drive.
Surrounding parishes are Sacred Heart to the north; Nativity of Our Lord and Our Lady of Perpetual Help to the east; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to the west. To the south is San Juan City, which is under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Society of the Divine Word administration
|Name||Years serving||Present assignment|
|Fr. Juan Simón, SVD||1950 - 1954|
|Fr. Alois Vogel, SVD||1955|
|Fr. Benito Rixner, SVD||1956 - 1958|
|Fr. Anselmo Bustos, SVD||1959 - 1962|
|Fr. José Lazo, SVD||1963|
|Fr. John Sleumer, SVD||1964|
|Fr. Francis Kutscher, SVD||1965 - 1970|
|Fr. George Harwardt, SVD||1971 - 1979|
|Fr. Liberato Fernandez, SVD||1980 - 1990|
|Fr. Chew Bing Ze, SVD||1980 - 1990|
|Name||Years serving||Present assignment|
|Rev. Msgr. Reynaldo Y. Celso, PC||1990 – 2000||on Sabbatical|
|Rev. Msgr. Daniel B. Sta. María, PC, MBA||2000 – 2006||Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Brgy. West Triangle, Quezon City|
|Rev. Msgr. Alfonso A. Bugaoan, Jr. PC||2006 – 2009||Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Brgy. Santol, Araneta Ave., Quezon City|
|Rev. Fr. Moises M. Cabrera||2009 – 2012||Mary, the Immaculate Conception Parish, Teresa Village, Project 6, Quezon City|
|Rev. Fr. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., SCSL||2012|
The Diocese runs a school affiliated with the parish: Immaculate Conception Cathedral School along Lantana Street.
The Diocese also provides after-death services within the cathedral complex, namely the ICC Grottos mortuary and ICC Columbarium.
Charitable and Social Institutions
- Holy Spirit Social Centre, No. 48 Betty Go Belmonte St., QC
- Little Angels Learning Centre, Dama de Noche St., Cubao, QC
- Mother Ignacia National Centre, No. 214 N. Domingo St., Cubao, QC
- St. Martin de Porres Center, Inc. (Outreach Center and Day Care Center), No. 53 Rosario Drive, QC
- Betania Retreat House, No. 14 N. Domingo St., Cubao, Q.C.
- CFM Nazareth Home, N. Domingo cor. Hemady St. Horseshoe Village, Q.C.
Schedule of Service
- Monday to Saturday: 5:30 am, 6:10 am, 7:00 am, 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 6:00 am, 7:15 am, 8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am, 3:30 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:15 pm
In other places:
- Annunciata Chapel, P. Bernardo Street: 8:00 am
- Avída Towers Christian Community, Bonny Serrano Avenue: every second and fourth Sunday, 8:00 am
- BEC Matangtubig, Sitio Matangtubig, Brgy. Horseshoe: every first and third Sunday of the month, 8:00 am
- BEC Valencia, Santolan Road: 10:00 am
- Greenhills Garden Square Community, GGS Clubhouse, Bonny Serrano Avenue: 10:30 am
- San Martin de Porres Chapel, Brgy. San Martin: 7:00 am
- Mary Help of Christians Chapel, Sunrise St., Brgy. Bagong Lipunan: 9:00 am
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, Barangay Pinagkaisahan: Saturday 7:00 am
- Sunday 12:00 nn (register at least one week before date of Baptism)
- Special baptism: Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment
- 8:00 am every second Sunday of the month (register at least one week before date of Confirmation)
- By appointment at the Parish Office
- Monday to Saturday 7:30 am, 5:00 pm
Anointing of the Sick
- By appointment at the Parish Office
- Morning Prayer: Monday to Saturday after the 6:10 am Mass
- Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Every Wednesday before and after the 6:10 pm Mass
- Vespers: every Thursday before 6:00 pm Mass
- Holy Hour & Sacred Heart Novena: First Friday 5:00 pm
Eucharistic Adoration Chapel hours
- 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
The New Manila area is home to many religious congregations, probably due to its once remote location as a suburb of Manila. Some of them now fall under the parish jurisdiction, the rest being a part of the present-day Diocese.
- Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CSsR), No. 14 Mariposa St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Missionary Society of St. Columban (MSSC), No. 42 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- Order of Carmelites (O.CARM), No. 26 Acacia St., New Manila, Q.C.
- Order of Brothers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
- Society of African Missions (SMA), No. 7 Bougainvilla St., New Manila, Q.C.
- Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette (MS), No. 41 Betty Go Belmonte St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Daughters of St. Anne (DSA), No. 50 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- Daughters of Wisdom (Monfort Sisters) (DW), No. 10 Rosal St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (FDNSC), No. 3 Sampaguita St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Laura Vicuña) (FMA), No. 55 F. Manalo St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette (SNDS), No. 24 Maryland St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Missionary Sisters of St. Columban (SSC), No. 44 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- Dominican Sisters of Annunciata (OP), No. 12 P. Bernardo St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King (BSEK), No. 30 Ignacio Santos Diaz St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), No. 10 F. Manalo St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann (SSA), No. 18 Dama de Noche St., New Manila, Q.C.
- Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), No. 8 Poinsettia Rd., New Manila, Q.C.
- Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN), No. 3 Mangga Road, New Manila, Q.C.
- Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), No. 214 N. Domingo St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Missionary Catechists of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (MCST), No. 53 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- Columban Lay Missionaries, No. 34 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady (Carm.O.L.), No.45 A. Rosario Drive, Cubao, Q.C.
- The Little Company of Mary Sisters, No. 66 Ilang-Ilang St., Cubao, Q.C.
- Daughters of the Sacred Heart, No. 12 Campanilla St., Brgy. Mariana, Q.C.
- Religious of Notre Dame of the Missions (RNDM), No. 4 Mabolo St. cor. E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Q.C.
- Ecclesiastical Atlas Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao (2010)
- The 2008–2009 Catholic Directory of the Philippines (published by Claretian Publications for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, June 2008)
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