Diocese of Ilagan

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Diocese of Ilagan
Dioecesis Ilaganensis
Diyosesis ng Ilagan
Country  Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Tuguegarao
Metropolitan Tuguegarao
Area 10,664 km2 (4,117 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
1,060,689 (79.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 21 January 1970
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Gamu, Isabela
Co-cathedral St. Ferdinand Parish Church in Ilagan, Isabela (former seat of the Diocese)
Patron saint St. Ferdinand
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Sergio Utleg
Emeritus Bishops Most Rev. Joseph Amangi Nacua, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. (resigned on February 25, 2017)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan (Lat: Dioecesis Ilaganensis) is a Roman Rite diocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Established in 1970, the diocese is a suffragan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

The diocese had no jurisdictional changes. The seat of the diocese used to be located in Saint Ferdinand Parish Church in Ilagan City before being transferred to the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel in Gamu, Isabela in 2013.[1]

Currently, the Bishop Administrator of the Diocese is Most Rev. Prudencio Padilla Andaya,C.I.C.M., D.D. (Bishop of Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk).


  • Francisco Raval Cruces † (4 Mar 1970 Appointed - 22 Aug 1973 Appointed, Archbishop of Zamboanga)
  • Miguel Gatan Purugganan † (21 Jan 1974 Appointed - 26 Jul 1999 Resigned)
  • Sergio Lasam Utleg (26 Jul 1999 Succeeded - 13 Nov 2006 Appointed, Bishop of Laoag)
  • Joseph Amangi Nacua, O.F.M. Cap. (10 Jun 2008 Appointed - 25 Feb 2017 Resigned)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Darang, Josephine (September 22, 2013). "Pope Francis transfers episcopal seat of Diocese of Ilagan to Gamu, Isabela". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

Coordinates: 17°08′56″N 121°53′21″E / 17.1490°N 121.8891°E / 17.1490; 121.8891