Ruben J. Villote

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Ruben Villote
Born Ruben Juco Villote
(1932-12-19)19 December 1932
Tondo, Manila, Philippine Islands
Died 6 July 2013(2013-07-06) (aged 80)
Resting place Manila North Cemetery, Manila, Philippines[1]
14°37′59″N 120°59′20″E / 14.633°N 120.989°E / 14.633; 120.989
Nationality  Philippines
Education San Jose Major Seminary
Occupation Priest
Years active 1959–2008[2][3]
Known for Founder, Dambanang Kawayan and
Center for Migrant Youth
Notable work 12 books
  • AY Foundation's Mother Theresa Award (2007)
  • Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award (1993)

Father Ruben Juco Villote (19 December 1932 – 6 July 2013),[1] sometimes known as "Father Ben", was a Filipino Roman Catholic priest. He was born in Tondo, Manila on 19 December 1932.[1][2][3] He studied philosophy and theology at San Jose Major Seminary (1951–1959) and was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Manila in 1959.[3]

He served as chaplain at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, University of the Philippines Diliman.[3] He helped build the Dambanang Kawayan (Saint John the Baptist Parish) in Taguig City and served as its pastor from 1969–76. He left to found the Center for Migrant Youth in Quezon City. He authored a dozen books, was a columnist for the Pilipino Star and a regular contributor to the Sunday Inquirer Magazine.[2]

Father Villote received many awards, including the AY Foundation's Mother Teresa Award in 2007[4] and the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award in 1993.[5] He joined the new Diocese of Cubao in 2003.[3]


Father Villote died on 6 July 2013 at the age of 80.[clarification needed][1]


  1. ^ a b c d Simon, Rev. Fr. Fredrick Edward C. (8 July 2013). "OBITUARY: Rev. Fr. Ruben J. Villote". Manila: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila via Facebook. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mother Teresa awardee, Center for Migrant Youth founder Fr. Villote dies". Manila: 7 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Fr. Ruben Villote, dies, aged 80". San Jose Seminary. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award". AY Foundation. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. ^ "NATIONAL PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC CHURCH GROUPS AMONG PEACE AWARDEES". Philippines: 3 March 1994. Retrieved 11 July 2013.