The Tomb of Fr. Raimundo Argarate, SJ

The tomb of Fr. Raimundo Argarate, SJ

When half of Zamboanga del Sur was still under the Zamboanga Mission District of the Society of Jesus, a Basque Jesuit named Fr. Raimundo Argarate, SJ arrived in Olutanga island on the last week of December 1951 to begin his evangelization in the island after being expelled from the communist China.

During this time, logging was a lucrative business. Ships were a common sight docking at the island’s port to bring logs to as far as Japan. The prominent Miranda family generously supplied lumber for the building of the Church and the convent.
Missionary life in the island was not a bed of roses for this saintly Jesuit. The second elected mayor decided to get a portion of the the Church property for the road construction, which Fr. Argarate strongly opposed.
On the day that the bulldozer had to divide the land, the heavy equipment miraculously fell into the sea until it became totally out of sight.

Roses at the side of Fr. Argarate’s tomb

From Subanipa, Fr. Argarate widened his apostolic endeavors to what is now the parish of Parokya San Miguel-Mabuhay and town of Talusan. More Jesuits also came to join him. Filled with zeal for souls, Fr. Argarate labored unceasingly for 50 years until his death in 2001.
It was his ardent wish to be buried at the side of the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Parish in Subanipa, the parish which he himself started and shepherded as their first parish priest in 1953. Many parishioners until this day still visit his tomb to offer their prayers.

The stairs of the original parish convent during Fr. Argarate’s time.


Rest in Peace, Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD

Photo Credit: SVD Archives


Rest in peace, Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD!


Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD died of heart attack on March 21, 2018 at the Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC), Tagbilaran City, Bohol. He was 71 years old. His wake from March 22-23 will be at the activity center of HNMC while on March 24 and 25, it will be at the St. Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz Chapel of the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus (USC-TC), Cebu City. Funeral Mass will be on March 26, 1 pm at the USC-TC.


Fr. Dino was born in Lapaz, Iloilo on Septembre 17, 1946. He was the 6th among 13 siblings.


His family transferred to Mabolo, Cebu when he was still young. The zeal of her elder sister to attend Holy Mass also inspired him to become an altar boy. He believed that through his services in the liturgical celebration, the young seed of priestly vocation was already planted in his heart.


He pursued medicine in Manila but after the death of his father, he went back to Cebu and continued his studies at the University of San Carlos. Here, he was introduced to the life of the Divine Word Missionaries. Eventually, he entered the seminary.


Fr. Dino belonged to the Verbum Incarnatum Class and they were ordained on October 25, 1980. His first mission assignment was Togo, Africa. He learned French in Belgium as his preparation for his mission.


When he went back to the Philippines, he became a chaplain of the Divine Word University (Liceo Verbo Divino) in Tacloban, Leyte.


He also went to Rome for a Spiritual Formation Course which proved to be very beneficial in his succeeding mission assignments: 5 years chaplaincy at the Divine Word College (Holy Name University), Tagbiliran, Bohol; 5 years parish priest in Socoro, Siargao Island and Sabang, Surigao City, and; Spiritual Director of the SVD Brothers at the St. Joseph Friendametz Formation Center-Cebu.


In 2016, Fr. Dino was assigned at the Divine Word Formation Center-Davao. He also celebrated his 35th anniversary in the priesthood on October 25, 2016. (Text Credits: FCF and Joseph Nichols Magdaherin)

Msgr. Romulo Valles, DD is new CBCP President

Photo Credit: Davao Catholic Herald

Congratulations Msgr. Romulo “Mulong” Valles DD, archbishop of Davao – now the newly-elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.


Bishop Mulong’s family migrated from Maribojoc, Bohol to Lupon, Davao Oriental when he was 13.


He was ordained priest at the age of 24 on April 6, 1976, served as assistant parish priest of the Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum from 1976 to 1978 and parish priest of the San Nicolas de Tolentino parish in Mati, Davao Oriental from 1978 to 1982. He returned to the Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum as parish priest and Vicar general from 1982 to 1984 and from there to Rome where he completed his Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy in 1990.


From Rome, Valles returned to REMASE where he served in various capacities until he became rector from 1993 to 1997 and from there moved to the Diocese of Kidapawan as Bishop.
He was 46.


On November 13, 2006, he was transferred to the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.


Side story: I was assigned in Olutanga Mission in 2009. Whenever the SVD missionaries go to Zamboanga City, we always stay at the Bishop’s House because it was very near the port. The boat from Olutanga Island arrives at 4 am and the Bishop’s House is always ready to welcome us even at the wee hours of the morning. He was very accommodating to us, missionaries. He made us feel at home.


On February 12, 2012, he was transferred to the Archdiocese of Davao. He is the first Dabawenyo to lead the Archdiocese.


FAQ: What is the difference between a religious priest and a diocesan priest?

Fr. Manuel Mijares, SVD


A religious priest belongs to a particular religious order. Each religious order is founded to fulfill a particular need in the Catholic Church through various ministries. “Order priests” can be assigned to any location and any ministry where their religious congregation is present.

A diocesan priest is one who is responsible primarily to the bishop of his particular diocese, a specific geographical region of the Church governed by the bishop. Within this region, the priest usually serves in a parish, though he may also be involved in other ministries like administration, communications, teaching and hospital or prison chaplaincy.

Both religious and diocesan priests perform sacramental ministry.


Fiel Clan and Msgr. Teofilo Camomot

Msgr. Teofilo Camomot

Msgr. Teofilo Camomot


1. Favian Fiel of Dumaguete was married to Ma. Rosa Quintanar of Argao, Cebu.

2. Their Daughter: Maurilla Quintanar Fiel was married to Pedro Veloso Camomot

3. Their Son: Jose Fiel Camomot was married to Andrea Embrado Barazona

4. Their Son: Jorge Barazona Camomot was married to Maria Celestina Campugan Aleson

5. Their Son: Luis Aleson Camomot was married to Angela dela Cerna Bastida

6. Their Son: Teofilo Bastida Camomot became a Bishop, died in a vehicular accident in San Fernando, Cebu on 27 September 1988 at the age of 74. On 15 October 2010, Cardinal Vidal announced that the Holy See has approved the opening of the cause for beatification and canonization of MSGR. Teofilo Bastida Camomot.

Credits: sa among mga kaliwatan nga gisulat gayud ang among kasaysayan sa banay aron dili malimtan sa mga sunod nga henerasyon.

Misericordia et Misera in Smokey Mountain

The Parish of Risen Christ

The Parish of Risen Christ

Many thanks to the faithful of the Risen Christ Parish in Smokey Mountain, Tondo who came para sa aking talk on Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery), the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis. Salamat din sa aking classmate na si Fr. Jhonatan Letada, the parish priest. The photo above was taken when I arrived before the 6 pm Holy Mass.


Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

Together with Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

This is the first time for me to give a talk about the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis within the Archdiocese of Manila. The deal started during the ordination last week when Fr. Jhonatan invited me to come to his parish so that we could celebrate our 8th sacerdotal anniversary together. However, I told him that I could not be available on December 6, our anniversary, because I would have a talk at the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Los Baňos on the same topic.



I then suggested to him that I give a talk about Misericordia et Misera. He immediately set the date: December 13. I said yes immediately with the condition that it must be free. #fortheSVD. And yes, the rest is history.



After the talk, we had dinner together. Then, he gave me a cellophane of chocolate as a token of appreciation. LIKE! I went back to Christ the King Seminary in the evening with a very wide smile. It was a very wonderful day.