Ramon Arguelles

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The Most Reverend
Ramón C. Argüelles
D.D., S.T.L.
Archbishop-Emeritus of Lipa
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Church Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian
See Lipa (emeritus)
Elected March 15, 2004
Installed July 16, 2004
Term ended February 2, 2017
Predecessor Gaudencio Rosales
Successor Gilbert Garcera
Ordination December 21, 1969
Consecration January 6, 1994
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born (1944-11-12) November 12, 1944 (age 73)
Batangas, Batangas, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto Servus, ancillae filius ("I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid") – Wisdom 9:5
Styles of
Ramón C. Argüelles
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Ramón Cabrera Argüelles (born November 12, 1944) was appointed Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lipa in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon, Philippines, on March 15, 2004. Prior to his appointment as Archbishop, he was an Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese, appointed to that position on November 26, 1993.

He first rose into the spotlight for urging a boycott of a Madonna concert,[1] but became widely known for calling of prayers for Ferdinand Marcos after the latter's burial at Heroes' Cemetery was allowed by the Supreme Court. On 2 February 2017, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Lipa and appointed Bishop of Daet Gilbert Garcera as the new archbishop.[2]


He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1969. Argüelles served as rector of San Carlos Seminary from 1982 to 1986. On November 26, 1993, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the office of bishop, and appointed him titular Bishop of Roscrea.

He was auxiliary bishop of Manila. Afterwards, he took the administration of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines. In 2004, he was named Archbishop of Lipa succeeding Gaudencio Rosales, who became Archbishop of Manila in 2003.

He attended Batangas South Elementary School from grades 1 to 4 (1951–1955) and St. Bridget's College from grade 5 to 2nd year high school (1955–1959). He finished 2nd to 5th year high school at Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City (1959–1963). He studied philosophy (1963–1966) and theology (1966–1970) at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City.

He studied for the Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome (1972–1976) where he also studied sociology (1974–1976)

Other Studies: French, Universite d'Ete in Paris, France (1973); German, Goethe Institute, Passau, Germany (Summer 1976); Teresa de Avila, Centre Spirituel, France (1981–1982); Tertianship, Nemi Renewal Institute, Rome (July–December 1988); Poustinia, Madonna House, Comberemere, Ontario, Canada (December 1988-February 1989); Apostolic Spirituality, St. Bueno's, North Wales (February–May 1989)

His priestly ministry began when he served as assistant parish priest at San Jose de Navotas in Navotas City, Metro Manila (1970–1972). He also served at these parishes in Germany: Hoxter 1 Luchtringen (1973–1974); Clemenskirche, Hannover (1975); Grosskollnbach/Isar (1976)

He was also former prefect and acting pastor of the Guadalupe Minor Seminary (1977–1978). For three years he was priest-in-charge of the Fil-Mission (Mission Society of the Philippines) Seminary in Tagaytay (1978–1981) where he was also professor of Introduction to the Scriptures. He served as rector of San Carlos Seminary in Makati City (1982–1986) and professor of Spirituality at the Summer Institute (1983–1985). He was parish priest and chaplain at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City (1986–1988) and then became parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City.

He served as rector of the Colegio Filipino in Rome (1990–1994) and became chaplain of Filipinos in that country for two years (1990–1992).

Pope John Paul II appointed him an auxiliary bishop for Manila on Nov. 27, 1993 and he was consecrated at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was appointed head of the military ordinariate of the Philippines on Aug. 25, 1995 and served until 2005.

Since 1995, he has been chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (ECMI). Since 1988 he has been spiritual director of the National Service Committee of the National Charismatic Renewal Movement.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gaudencio Rosales
Archbishop of Lipa
Succeeded by
Gilbert Garcera