Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Batanes

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Territorial Prelature of Batanes
Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis
Prelatura Teritoryal ng Batanes
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Tuguegarao
Metropolitan Tuguegarao
Area 784 km2 (303 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
16, 476
15, 505 (94.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of St Dominic of Guzman in Basco, Batanes
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Prelate Camilo Diaz Gregorio
Metropolitan Archbishop Sergio Utleg

The Prelature of Batanes is a prelature of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The Territorial Prelature of Batanes (in Latin: Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis) is a home of the Catholic Church suffragan of Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. In 2004 there were 15,505 baptized about 16,476 inhabitants. The current bishop is Camilo Díaz Gregorio.


The diocese includes the Philippine province of Batanes province and the municipality of Calayan in Cagayan Province. The Cathedral of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Basco is the seat of the prelate that can be found in Basco, Batanes. The territory is divided into six parishes.


The Territorial Prelature of Batanes Islands and Babuyan was erected 30 November 1950, gaining territory from the diocese of Tuguegarao (erected). It was originally a suffragan of Archdiocese of Manila. On 29 June 1951 it became part of the ecclesiastical province of Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. On 21 September 1974 became suffragan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. On 6 February 2002 took its present name.


  • Peregrin de la Fuente Nesta, OP † (2 July 1951 - 14 May 1966 died)
  • Mario de Leon Baltazar, OP † (18 November 1966 - 1995 Resigned)
  • Paala Jose Salazar, OP † (25 April 1996 - 23 November 2002 Resigned)
  • Camilo Diaz Gregorio, from 13 September 2003