Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque

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Diocese of Parañaque
Dioecesis Paranaquensis
Diyosesis ng Parañaque
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Arms of the diocese
Country  Philippines
Territory Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa
Ecclesiastical province Manila
Metropolitan Manila
Area 126 km2 (49 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
(as of 2013) 2,234,786 (94%%)
Parishes 50 (4 diocesan shrines 2 national shrines)
Churches 58 churches
Congregations 18
Schools 12
Denomination Catholic Church
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 7, 2002
Cathedral Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew
Patron saint St. Andrew the Apostle
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., S.T.L.
Metropolitan Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Cardinal-Archbishop of Manila
Vicar General Rev. Msgr. Felipe Ocol, H.P., J.C.L.

The Diocese of Parañaque is one of the 72 ecclesiastical territories called dioceses of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It comprises the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa. Formerly belonging to the Archdiocese of Manila, It was established on December 7, 2002 by Pope John Paul II by virtue of the Papal Bull Ad Efficacius. Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado, an Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and then the district Bishop of the Ecclesiastical District of Parañaque (formerly, PPLM), was designated as its first Bishop. He was formally installed on January 28, 2003.

The diocese comprises 50 full-fledged parishes (4 of which are pronounced diocesan shrines, 2 of which are national shrines), 2 quasi-parishes, 2 sub-parishes and 1 non-parochial shrine. The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, Parañaque City, serves as the seat of the diocese.


We, the local church of the Diocese of Parañaque, envision ourselves as a communion of diverse communities, embracing and sharing in Jesus' mission to proclaim the Reign of the Father, constantly renewed by the Holy Spirit and accompanied by Mary, our Mother and Model.


As a Diocese, we commit ourselves to proclaim the Kingdom of God by:

  1. Recognizing the primacy of grace and our need for continual renewal (Aggiornamento)
  2. Building BECs as the way of being church and experiencing communion (Communion);
  3. Engaging in the integral evangelization of all, particularly the developing communities, the family and the youth (Missio).

Core values[edit]

Pastoral priorities[edit]

  • Call to conversion, to bring about serious paradigm shifts particularly in the areas of:
    • the mission and identity of the Church
    • the roles and responsibilities of the lay apostolate, organizations and movements and
    • the traditional expressions and structures, attitudes and practices of faith-life.
  • Renew focus on the sectors of Youth, Family and Developing Communities.
  • Renew and strengthen relationships among the clergy, between the clergy and the laity, with the religious, and with the Bishop.
  • Enhance liturgical celebration as the focal point of communio in worship, the source and summit of Christian Life.
  • Promote, develop and sustain BEC as the basic mode of being church, and the parish as the focal point of unity and harmony.
  • Strengthen, standardize, and harmonize catechesis and formation programs for all strata: Children, Young Adults, Clergy, Laity, Church worker, professional Church worker, volunteer, Ministries, Mandated organizations.
  • Learn how to influence and renew our urbanized culture in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa and with it over towards renewed integral evangelization, reaching out to its critical centers (malls, offices, schools, medial, local governments) utilizing the language it understands and the modern means and ways it employs.
  • Intensify the missionary spirit that will move people to evangelize outside their personal sphere of comfort, whether in their neighborhood, their parish, the diocese of beyond our borders. We should all be missionaries
  • Intensify the call for vocations
  • Acquire and apply the most appropriate management techniques and principles of transparency, equity and mutual trust in marshalling and managing resources.


  • Most Rev. Jesse Mercado, D.D., S.T.L. (January 28, 2003– Present)


The diocese has 2,234,786 Roman Catholics out of a total population of 2.53 million.[1]

Diocesan arms[edit]

The arms of the Diocese of Parañaque.

The mitre symbolises the pastoral authority of the bishop, which he exercises within the three cities: Parañaque (an “M” in a crown); Las Piñas (the Bamboo Organ); and Muntinlupa (the mountains over water), comprising the Diocese of Parañaque.

Bishop's coat of arms[edit]

  • The Cross – The cross is traditionally an element in most episcopal coats of arms. The Episcopal ministry is always Jesus’ ministry and the bishop is only a servant of Jesus, collaborating in His ministry.
  • The Staff with lilies – The staff is traditionally the symbol of the pastoral authority of the bishop. The lilies denote St. Joseph, patron of the seminary from which the bishop had had his formation (San Jose Seminary, Quezon City). The bishop-elect envisions his pastoral role as patterned after St. Joseph himself, who acted in a fatherly manner to Jesus, who was entrusted to him and Mary by the heavenly Father.
  • The Crown with an “M”Mary is hailed as Queen in Heaven. But she exercises her queenship as a mother to her children entrusted to her by God. Moreover, Mary is the patroness of Parañaque, venerated under the title Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, the first city of the diocese.
  • The Bamboo Organ – The Bamboo Organ is an internationally acclaimed musical instrument currently housed in the Parish of St. Joseph. This symbolizes the second city under the bishop-elect’s pastoral administration – the city of Las Piñas.
  • The small mountain near a body of water – This is the symbol of the third city under the pastoral care of the bishop-elect, namely, Muntinlupa City.
  • The Motto – “CONFIRMA FRATRES TUOS” – Taken from the gospel of Luke 22:32 wherein Jesus expressed his hope that after Peter’s denial and subsequent conversion, he is commanded to strengthen his brethren (strengthen your brethren).
  • The color schemes – Green refers us to St. Joseph whose fatherly care to the Holy Family earned him the title patron of the Universal Church. The blue field on the other hand, refers us to Mary, who, given to the care of Joseph, conceived the child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (red shade). The movement from dark to bright as seen in the area of Muntinlupa is the hope that through the bishop-elect’s humble ministry, the “dawn from on high (Jesus Christ) will come upon us all” in the diocese.


College of Consultors[edit]

Chairman: Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.

  • Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, H.P., J.C.L., V.G.
  • Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, P.C., S.T.D.
  • Msgr. Albert A. Venus, P.C.
  • Msgr. Ernesto A. Joaquin, H.P.
  • Fr. Augusto C. Pulido
  • Fr. Carmelo O. Estores

Roster of Vicar-Generals[edit]

  • 2003-2004 Very Rev. Msgr. Jose Bernardo Jr., P.C., M.A. (+) (Msgr. Chito)
  • 2004–present, Very Rev. Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, HP, JCL (Msgr. Philip)

Presbyteral Council[edit]

Chairman: Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.

  • Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, H.P., J.C.L., V.G.
  • Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, P.C., S.T.D.
  • Msgr. Albert A. Venus, P.C.
  • Msgr. Allen C. Aganon, P.C., M.A.
  • Fr. Don Einar S. Cambe
  • Fr. Eusebio A. Balcueva
  • Fr. Enrico S. Salazar
  • Fr. Enrico Emmanuel A. Ayo
  • Fr. Santiago Avelino Z. Fernandez
  • Fr. Jerico H. Habunal
  • Fr. Augusto C. Pulido
  • Fr. Rodel D. Paulino
  • Fr. Rolando R. Agustin
  • Fr. Carmelo O. Estores

Commission and ministry heads[edit]

  • COMMISSION ON YOUTH, Chairperson – Fr. John Francis Frederick K. Manlapig; Co-Chair: Fr. Angel Venancio Sanchez
  • COMMISSION ON FAMILY & LIFE, Chairperson – Fr. Lamberto B. Legaspino
  • COMMISSION ON LITURGY, WORSHIP AND POPULAR RELIGIOSITY, Chairperson - Fr. John Francis Frederick K. Manlapig
  • COMMISSION ON HUMAN PROMOTION, Chairperson – Msgr. Albert A. Venus, PC
  • DIOCESAN BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE, Chairperson - Fr. Christian Emmanuel C. Gabinete ; Co-Chair - Fr. Ulrich C. Gacayan, RCJ

Curia officers[edit]

Diocesan Commission on the Clergy

  • Chairman: Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.


  • Incardinated Priests: Msgr. Felipe E. Ocol, H.P., J.C.L., V.G.
  • Religious/Consecrated Life: Fr. Rolando R. Agustin


Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque was born on June 6, 1951 in Calookan City. He spent his seminary years at San Jose Seminary within Ateneo de Manila University complex from 1968 to 1977. He was ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Manila on March 19, 1977. During his presbyteral ministry, he served as on-loan formator in San Pablo Seminary (Baguio City, 1977-1979), formator at San Carlos Seminary (1979-1981, 1985-1988), Rector of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (1988-1994), and Rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (Rome, 1994-1997). He was named auxiliary bishop of Manila by Pope John Paul II as was ordained on March 31, 1997 by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. He served as District Bishop of the Ecclesiastical District of PLPM (Parañaque-Las Piñas-Muntinlupa, later renamed as the Ecclesiastical District of Parañaque). With the proclamation of the district as an independent diocese on December 7, 2002, he was designated to be its first bishop and was installed on January 28, 2003.


St. Andrew's Cathedral, seat of the Diocese of Parañaque

Vicariate of Sta. Rita De Cascia (Paranaque City)

  • Saint Andrew Cathedral-Parish (Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso) - Fr. Rolando Agustin (Fr. Rolly) - parish priest and rector
  • Mary, Queen of Apostles Parish - Rev. Fr. Giovanni Sandalo, PIME (Fr. Gianni) - parish priest
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help - Rev. Fr. Joseph Echano, CSsR (Fr. Joey- shrine rector)
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Multinational Village) - Rev. Fr. Ulrich Gacayan, RCJ - parish priest
  • Saint Joseph Parish (Tambo) - Rev. Fr. William Ramos - parish priest
  • Santa Rita de Cascia Parish - Rev. Fr. Jerico Habunal - parish priest
  • Santo Niño Parish - Rev. Fr. Joselito Villanueva (Fr. Jojo - parish priest)

Vicariate of San Antonio De Padua (Paranaque City)

  • Our Lady of Unity Parish - Rev. Fr. Inocencio Palmani (Fr. Jewel - parish priest)
  • Jesus, The Divine Healer Parish - Rev. Fr. Rio Evangelista (Fr. Roy - parish priest)
  • Ascension of Our Lord Parish - Rev. Fr. Joseph Landero (Fr. Joland - parish priest)
  • Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish - Rev. Fr. Francisco Siguan, M.A. (Fr. Francis - parish priest)
  • Our Lady of Grace Parish - Rev. Fr. Joel Ador - parish priest
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish - Rev. Fr. Carmelo Estores (Fr. Mel - parish priest)
  • Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish - Rev. Fr. Rodel Paulino - parish priest
  • Resurrection of Our Lord Parish - Rev. Msgr. Manuel Gabriel, PC, STD (Msgr. Manny - parish priest)
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish - Rev. Fr. John Francis Frederick Manlapig (Fr. Jeff - parish priest)
  • Saint Pius of Pietrelcina Parish - Rev. Fr. Enrico Salazar (Fr. Eric - parish priest)

Vicariate of San Martin de Porres (Parañaque City)

  • Holy Infant Jesus Parish - Rev. Fr. Marcelo Arturo Morota (Fr. John - parish priest)
  • Holy Eucharist Parish - Rev. Fr. Santiago Avelino Fernandez (Fr. Santi - parish priest)
  • Our Lady of Beautiful Love Parish - Rev. Msgr. Felipe Ocol, HP, JCL (Msgr. Philip - parish priest)
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (Sun Valley)
  • National Shrine and Parish of Mary, Help of Christians - Rev. Fr. Ernie Cruz, SDB (Fr. - Ernie Cruz,parish priest and Fr. Elmer Sicat SDB rector)
  • San Agustin Parish - Rev. Fr. Alvin Acosta, OFM Conv. - parish priest
  • San Martin de Porres Parish - Rev. Msgr. Melchor David, PC (Msgr. Mel - parish priest)
  • Mary Immaculate Parish - Rev. Fr. Eric Gonzales - parish priest

Vicariate of St. Joseph (Las Pinas City)

  • St. Joseph Parish (Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church) - Rev. Msgr. Mario Josefino Martinez, PC, JCD - parish priest
  • Christ the King Parish (Pamplona)
  • Good Shepherd Parish (Dona Manuela) - Rev. Fr. Jerome Augustine O’Driscoll, SMA (Fr. Gus - parish priest)
  • Last Supper of Our Lord Parish (Times Village) - Rev. Fr. Angel Venancio Sanchez - parish priest
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Philam Village) - Rev. Msgr. Ernesto Joaquin, HP (Msgr. Ernie - parish priest)
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish (BF Mariposa) - Fr. Christian Emmanuel Gabinete - parish priest
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (Gatchalian Subdivision) - Rev Fr. Agalito Tarog (Fr. Aga - parish priest)

Vicariate of the Holy Family (Las Pinas City)

  • Santo Cristo Parish - Rev. Fr. Virginio Pedregosa (Fr. Vir - parish priest)
  • Holy Family Parish - Rev. Fr. Rustico Cruz (Fr. Rusti - parish priest)
  • Five Wounds of Our Lord Parish and Diocesan Shrine - Fr. Dennis Batacandolo, CSS - parish priest and rector)
  • Mary Immaculate Parish
  • Mary, Mother of the Church Parish
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Parish
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish
  • Madonna del Divino Amore Quasi-Parish
  • San Ezekiel Moreno Parish Church (Golden Haven Compound, C5 Extension)- Fr. Ricky M. Pacoma (Fr. Ricky- Parish Administrator/ OIC)

Vicariate of Our Lady of Abandoned (Muntinlupa City)

  • San Roque Parish
  • Ina ng Awa Parish
  • L’Annunziata Parish
  • Mary Cause of Our Joy Parish
  • Mary, Mother of God Parish
  • Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish and National Shrine
  • Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish and Diocesan Shrine
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
  • San Nicolas De Tolentino Parish
  • Saint James the Great Parish
  • Saint Jerome Emiliani and Santa Susana Parish-"Rev. Fr. Grato Germanetto, CRS"
  • Saint Peregrine Laziosi Parish and Diocesan Shrine
  • San Pedro Calungsod Quasi-Parish
  • NBP Reservation Chapel

Diocesan events[edit]

San Pedro Calungsod visit (October 29–30, 2012)[edit]

The statue of San Pedro Calungsod has visited the diocese a concelebreted Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mercado at 6pm and a veneration and vigil continue until midnight, starting 5am until 11am an hourly Mass is celebrated for its honor at 12nn another concelebrated Mass was celebration to mark its departure.

Diocesan Eucharistic Congress (September 14, 2013)[edit]

This happened at St. Andrew's Cathedral as one of the highlights of the Year of the Eucharist of the diocese 200 priests and laity interact on the importance of the Eucharist.


  1. ^ Cheney, David. "Statistics, Diocese of Parañaque". Retrieved 2007-08-31. 

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