Leonardo Legaspi

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The Most Reverend
Leonardo Z. Legaspi
O.P., D.D., S.Th.D, Ph.D.
Archbishop Emeritus of Caceres
The Primate Emeritus of the Bicol Region
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Province Camarines Sur
See Caceres
Installed January 18, 1984
Term ended September 8, 2012
Predecessor The Most Rev. Teopisto Valderrama Alberto
Successor The Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D.
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
Ordination December 17, 1960
Consecration August 8, 1977
Personal details
Born (1935-11-25)25 November 1935
Meycauayan, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died 8 August 2014(2014-08-08) (aged 78)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Naga City
Alma mater University of Hong Kong,
University of Santo Tomas
Motto "Illuminare Omnes", "A Light to All"
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Styles of
Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P.
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Leonardo Zamora Legazpi, O.P. (25 November 1935 – 8 August 2014) was the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (1988–1991). He was appointed as the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in 1970. On September 8, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his retirement as Metropolitan Archbishop of Caceres, and named Bishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., as Archbishop-elect. Archbishop Tirona, who until then had been the Bishop-Prelate of the Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Infanta in the Philippines, immediately succeeded to the see upon the acceptance of his appointment and was formally installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Caceres on 14 November 2012.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Legaspi was born in Meycauayan, Bulacan on November 25, 1935. After his high School education at St. Mary's Academy in Meycauayan, he went to the University of Hong Kong where he obtained a A.B. degree in Philosophy in 1955. In 1960, he joined the Dominican Order, and in the following year he received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in 1962, and subsequently a S.T.D. degree the same year. After receiving his B.S. degree in Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1971, he again studied at the University of Santo Tomas and earned his Ph.D. degree in 1975.[2]


In 1968 he served as the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the University Of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, and in 1970, he was appointed as the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas. On June 30, 1977, he was designated as Titular Bishop of Elefantaria in Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop of Manila. Later, he was installed in Solemn Ceremonies as the 33rd Bishop and 3rd Archbishop of the Caceres at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Naga City, on January 18, 1984. He also served as the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) from 1988–1991 and President of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991.[3]


On his 37th episcopal anniversary and Feast of Saint Dominic, 8 August 2014, Legaspi died at 5:00 a.m. at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital of lung cancer.[4][5]

Honors and awards[3][edit]

Honorary degrees[2][edit]

  • Doctor of Education Honoris Causa, National University, Manila
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Angeles University, Pampanga
  • Doctor of Humanities, University of Northeastern Philippines


  1. ^ Tirona takes possession of Caceres, Bicolandia Regional Newspaper, January 1, 2014. ,
  2. ^ a b CBCP Online CBCP Website May 14, 2012
  3. ^ a b UST 400 UST 400 Website May 14, 2012
  4. ^ "Archbishop Legazpi dies at 78". CBCP News. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Unang Pilipinong rektor ng UST, pumanaw na". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Teopisto Valderrama Alberto
Archbishop of Caceres
1984 to 2012
Succeeded by
Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D.
Preceded by
Ricardo Vidal
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Carmelo Dominador Flores Morelos
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jesús Diaz, O.P.
Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas
Succeeded by
Frederik Fermin, O.P.

Episcopal lineage
Consecrated by: Bruno Torpigliani
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Bishop Gilbert Garcera June 29, 2007