Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate

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Diocese of Masbate

Dioecesis Masbatensis

Diyosesis san Masbate
Diócesis de Masbate
Masbate Cathedral - Exterior View.jpg
Ecclesiastical provinceCaceres
Area7,000 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
approx. 710,430
Parishes28 regular parishes, 1 chaplaincy
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMarch 23, 1968 (created), September 25, 1968 (canonically erected)
CathedralSaint Anthony of Padua Cathedral
Patron saintAnthony of Padua
Secular priests77
Current leadership
BishopJosé S. Bantolo
Metropolitan ArchbishopRolando Joven Tria Tirona
Vicar GeneralVery Rev. Fr. Eusebio Llonoso
Official Website of Masbate Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate (Latin: Dioecesis Masbatensis) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The seat of the bishop is the Cathedral Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua along Quezon Street, Masbate City.

The diocese has experienced no jurisdictional changes and is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Cáceres. Its patron is Saint Anthony of Padua.


With the other provinces of Bicol, Masbate once belonged to the Archdiocese of Caceres. When Cáceres was elevated to the status of an archdiocese on June 29, 1951, Masbate became part of the newly erected Diocese of Sorsogon. Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of Masbate on March 23, 1968. It was formally inaugurated on September 25, 1968, with Msgr. Porfírio Rivera Iligan, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cáceres, as its first bishop.


  • Porfírio R. Iligan (17 June 1968 - 14 February 1998, retired)
  • Joel Zamudio Baylon (14 February 1998 - 10 December 2009, appointed Bishop of Legazpi)
  • Jose S. Bantolo (15 June 2011 – present)


The Vicar-General assists the bishop in the administrative duties over the diocese. The Offices of the Vicar General and the Episcopal Vicars temporarily ceased upon the vacancy of the episcopal see.

  • Very Rev. Msgr. Anacleto Golimlim, P.A (†)
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Arturo Lachica, H.P (†)
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Claro Caluya III, H.P (1984–2009)
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Ismael Misolas, P.C (2009)
  • Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio Llonoso (2011–present)

See also[edit]


  • The 2010–2011 Catholic Directory of the Philippines (published by Claretian Publications for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, 2010)