Ten Quotes from Saint John Vianney

August 4 is the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of priests.

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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.





Hapag-asa is Indeed about Hope

The Hapag-Asa Tarpaulin

Hapag-asa was launched in my parish back in 2013. It is an integrated nutrition program in partnership with Assisi Development Foundation (ADFI), Feed the Children Philippines (FTCPI), CBCP-NASSA Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and Risen Saviour Missions (RSM). This program feeds 6 months to 12 years old undernourished children, underweight pregnant and lactating women in the community once a day, five days a week for 6 months. Each meal is enriched with nutrients through the provision of Food Supplements complete with vitamins and minerals.

One of our child parishioners


Launching of Hapag-Asa


Apart from the supplemental feeding, education classes and livelihood and skills training for parents, aimed at sustaining the improved nutritional condition of the children are conducted simultaneously. The education classes cover topics on affective parenting, health and nutrition, responsible parenthood and values and livelihood.

Before and After photo during the overview of the program


Naay blooper sa adlaw sa launching! I was supposed to be interviewed on Radio DXOI by Ronald “Jojo” Zarate. The day before, he asked if I could be interviewed about Hapag-Asa. He told me he would call around 7 am. And so I waited in the morning. While listening over the radio, I wass suddenly confused why Jojo informed his listeners that I was already on air, and “now let us talk to the parish priest” when he did not call me yet. Everything became funny because he ended up calling the wrong number. He called up an LGU employee named Freddie Saňana instead and on air, Freddie was asking why he suddenly called up. Lol. Ang dami kong tawa.

Participants of the program


Feeding time


Happy people

The Hapag-Asa was launched in the presence of visitors, barangay captains, barangay health workers and beneficiaries, which included 120 children together with their parents. I was very happy. I applied for this program with little faith because all I thought was that Hapag-Asa can only happen in Manila. But my little faith moved mountains. The program arrived in the parish and it unfolded before my eyes. Christian, Subanen indigenous people and Muslim children were all gathered in this part of the world to combat malnutrition. Thank you Lord for this blessing! Indeed, hope is alive!

Happy parishioners