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Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Pastoral, Subanipa Diaries.
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Olutanga Island is composed of three towns: Mabuhay, Talusan and Subanipa. In the whole island, there are only four priests and all of us are SVD missionaries. Fr. Danny Noval, SVD and I are in Subanipa while Fr. Mannix Suico, SVD and Fr. Joseph Audiencia, SVD are in Mabuhay.

Our SVD parish here in Subanipa is Nuestra Señora De Los Remedios. It became a parish on the year 1953 though the initiative of Fr. Raimundo Argarate, SJ after he was exiled from China.

Upon the invitation of the Prelature of Ipil in year 2005, the SVD established its  first mission stations in Mabuhay and Olutanga for pastoral as well as inter-faith initiatives of the SVD Philippine Southern Province.

Ito ang mukha ng parokya ng Subanipa pagdating ko:


This is the parish convent


One of our Blooming Orchids


This is the Nuestra Señora De Los Remedios Parish


Fr. Argarate’s Tomb


Construction is Still Ongoing


Believe it or not: the paintings were made 50 years ago

by an eleven year old high shool student!


Harap ng Simbahan


The Parish Map


Side ng Parish


Dining Table Namin ni Fr. Danny



1. Mark Nillo - June 11, 2009

Kudos to your first mission assignment! One of the youngest mission stations for one of the youngest SVDs.

I find the paintings interesting. They add to the place’s rich heritage and history. Who painted them?

I hope to see pictures of parishioners in your next post.

BTW, thanks for including my blog in your bloglist. I will definitely add yours to my blogroll so I can catch up with your missionary journey.


Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - June 11, 2009

mark, “danilo anino” ang name ng painter. he is now in cebu daw — matanda na. he once asked fr. argarate na i-re-paint niya ang kanyang paintings (actually there are more than ten paintings na gawa niya and they are all displayed sa parish church). pero di pumayag si fr. argarate because may sentimental value daw kasi un pag sinasabing “eleven years old”…

Mark Nillo - June 12, 2009

I see. Thanks for the info. Yes, dramatic ang painting pag kumukupas, evidence na matanda na talaga. Pero there should be a way to preserve them.

BTW, okay pala dito sa wordpress. I get e-mailed for follow-up replies.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - June 12, 2009

hehehe mas convenient kasi dito sa wordpress. more than one year din ako nagdiscern abgo lumipat kasi ang dami mga svd na talagang sa blogger.com di ha…

2. jason - June 11, 2009

bat ganun nakakainngit ka Fr.
puro adventure samantalang ako puro opisina..
nakakiinggit pa daming pictures… hahahahhaha

teka buong island Parish!!!!


3. Jorge - June 12, 2009

Wow! This is very interesting, lalo na ung paintings! Ang galing nmn po nung nagpaint!

Coolness ka talga padre, ang galing ng first mission mo. Godbless!

4. ellaine jay macapala manda - July 14, 2010

hmmpp.. nice to read about our church’s background… well halos lahat dyan may sentimental value…by the way i’m mR. dOdo macapala’s grand daughter nga poh pala. i hear a lot about you fr. from my Lolo…

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