Fernando Capalla

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The Most Reverend
Fernando Capalla
Archbishop Emeritus of Davao
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Capalla in 2008
See Davao
Installed November 6, 1996
Term ended February 11, 2012
Predecessor Antonio L. Mabutas
Successor Romulo Valles
Personal details
Born (1934-11-01) November 1, 1934 (age 80)
Leon, Iloilo, Philippines

Fernando Robles Capalla is a Roman Catholic archbishop-emeritus of the Archdiocese of Davao. He was born on November 1, 1934 in Leon, Iloilo Province.[1] He was succeeded by Romulo Valles as archbishop of Davao on February 11, 2012.

Early years[edit]

The young Fernando started education from Leon Central Elementary School in his hometown. He took his secondary schooling at Colegio de San Agustin in Iloilo City. His seminary years began at the St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Jaro, Iloilo City from 1950-1961. He took further studies from St. John's University in New York, USA in 1967, earning an MA in English Literature.[2]

He was ordained priest on March 18, 1961 at the age of 26 as a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Jaro. He was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Davao on April 2, 1975 at the age of 40. He was also appointed as titular bishop of Grumentum on that same date. On April 25, 1977 he was appointed as bishop-prelate of Iligan City in Lanao del Norte province and subsequently appointed as bishop on November 15, 1982 when it was raised to a full-fledged diocese. In 1987, Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the newly created Prelature of St. Mary's in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.[3]

Styles of
Fernando Capalla
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Archbishop of Davao[edit]

He became the Coadjutor Archbishop of Davao on June 28, 1994. He was formally installed to lead the archdiocese as its third archbishop and metropolitan in November 28, 1996. At 76 years of age, he is still the Archbishop of Davao, even though he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, pending the selection of his successor by the Pope. He served as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for one term, from December 2003 to December 2005. Archbishop Capalla is a Council Member of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) and is one of the Founders/Convenors of the Bishops-Ulama Conference. For over a decade now, he has been a Member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.[1]

Archbishop Capalla promotes inter-religious dialogue among the tri-people of Mindanao- the Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads.[1] Archbishop Capalla was succeeded by Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles as Primate of Davao.


1.Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, from the Ateneo de Davao University, 1989.
2.National Awardee, San Lorenzo Ruiz Award for Peace and Unity, 1991.
3.Public Service Award for Peace, Ateneo de Manila University, July 30, 1998.
4.Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award for Peace Advocacy and Peace Building February 18, 2000.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonio Mabutas
Archbishop of Davao
November 6, 1996 - February 11, 2012
Succeeded by
Romulo Valles
Preceded by
Orlando Quevedo
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Angel Lagdameo