Cubao Cathedral

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Cubao Cathedral
Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao
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Façade of Cubao Cathedral at dusk
Cubao Cathedral is located in Metro Manila
Cubao Cathedral
Cubao Cathedral
Location in Metro Manila
Coordinates: 14°37′19″N 121°02′36″E / 14.62183°N 121.04346°E / 14.62183; 121.04346
Location Quezon City
Country Philippines Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Former name(s) Immaculate Conception Parish
Founded July 15, 1950 (1950-07-15)
Dedication Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dedicated December 8, 1949
Consecrated July 15, 1950
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architectural type Cathedral
Style Italian-Romanesque
Parish Immaculate Conception Parish
Archdiocese Manila
Diocese Cubao
Province Manila
Subdivision Vicariate of the Holy Family
Bishop(s) Most. Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D.
Rector Rev. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., SCSL
Cubao Cathedral Logo.svg

Cubao Cathedral (formal title: Immaculate Conception Cathedral), is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is the see of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Cubao. It was built in 1950 by the Society of the Divine Word and belonged to the order until 1990 when the Archdiocese of Manila took over its administration. In 2003, when the Diocese of Cubao was erected, the parish was elevated into a cathedral. The present rector of the cathedral is Rev. Fr. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., STL.


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 roundabout. 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 Spencer 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 Labrador, so the chapel built there was dedicated to him and belonged to 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 and Ronnie Ganancias 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, with the first curé being the Argentine Fr. Juan Simón (1950–1954); he was succeeded by the German Fr. Alois Vogel (1954-1956) and Fr. 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, the SVD 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 an increase in the population of Catholics in Metro Manila, the Archdiocese was gradually partitioned, with the Diocese of Cubao created on 28 August 2003. The parish was selected to be the seat of the new diocese and its bishop, and extensive renovations on the church were carried out soon after.

On December 30, 2014, GMA Network, actors Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera were married at Cubao Cathedral, where Dantes was christened. Considered one of the most expensive church weddings ever held in the country, attendees included President Benigno S. Aquino III, as well as other politicians and celebrities from the television and film industry.

Ecclesiastical territory[edit]

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.

Parochial bounds[edit]

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.

Parish Priests[edit]

The north side of the Cathedral's nave.

Below is a list of parish priests, and upon the church's elevation to cathedral in 2003, rectors.

Society of the Divine Word administration

Name Years served
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

Diocesan administration

Name Years serving
Rev. Msgr. Reynaldo Y. Celso, PC 1990–2000
Rev. Msgr. Daniel B. Sta. María, PC, MBA 2000–2006
Rev. Msgr. Alfonso A. Bugaoan, Jr. PC 2006–2009
Rev. Fr. Moises M. Cabrera 2009–2012
Rev. Fr. Ariston L. Sison, Jr., STL 2012

See also[edit]


  • 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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