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December 29, 2010


We will know if He is truly born in us, if we are able to look forward for the coming New Year with great hope. Love is truly powerful for it is “the greatest of them all” (Corinthians 13:13). Let us fill this New Year with the love we learned from Jesus this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

It is often a spectacular scene to behold how the revered Christmas season lightens up the souls of people, enabling each one of us to sing a happy Christmas tune. For a time it helps us forget the daily grind and complexities of life. But then again the Christmas spirit is not simply a feeling to enjoy. It is an encounter with a person. Love which is the cause of this joyful season ceases to be a vague idea or feeling but is now born in flesh, in the person of Jesus.

November 29, 2010

In order to clarify what the faithful might perceive as a change in the position of the Church on the use of condoms, the Archdiocese of Caceres issues this statement.

In an interview regarding his new book entitled “Light of the World: the Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms may be a sign of moral responsibility in some specific situations when the intention is to reduce the risk of HIV infection. In order to clarify what the faithful might perceive as a change in the position of the Church on the use of condoms, the Archdiocese of Caceres issues this statement.

November 2, 2010

Reports coming from all over leave no doubt as to the scope and magnitude of corruption and cheating in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. During our Clergy General Assembly held last Tuesday, every priest present said that vote-buying and selling were rampant in their respective places of assignment and home towns. Radyo Veritas Legazpi and other local radio stations, as well as our local PPCRV units also confirmed this widespread terrible state of affairs.

To: Clergy, Religious, Lay Faithful

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." (Mt 18,16)

November 1, 2010


In my first pastoral letter, I stated the reason why the Church has the right and duty to speak about socio-political issues. In the second, I set forth the guiding moral principles that have helped us in our discernment of the issues contained in the RH bill. In the third, I dealt with the special concerns on the bill and the Church response to these issues. Now, what do we do next?

October 24, 2010


"So you must live like people who belong to the light, for it is the light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness and the truth."[1] Impelled by these words of the Apostle Paul, I feel there are things to be clarified in the RH bill, so that the continuing dialogue, between the Church and the government on the issue, may truly be the common concern of all of us, who are called to live not us unwise but wise men.

October 11, 2010


The tercentenary of the gift of devotion to Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, has brought us together to celebrate as a community and as a Church. The celebration has offered us great joy to remember with gratitude the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us through Ina; and has given us hope to share this gift of devotion with loving concern to those in need especially the poor.

June 29, 2010

Hunyo 27, 2010 - A las 6:00 ng Umaga

Katedral ng Naga, Lungsod ng Naga

May 10, 2010

Namomotan kong mga tugang sa pagtubod:

Saaga na ang eleksyon. Boot kong ipadagos an pag-gampan ko kan sakuyang katongdan bilang saindong Arzobispo, bilang sarong Pastor, sa pag-pagiromdom saindo.

April 5, 2010

I am sincerely happy and grateful to be celebrating this Chrism Mass with you, especially with you, my brother priests. Up until this morning when I vested for our Mass, I was not sure I could make it. But the Lord is kind...and I stand here before you.

Sometime ago, I circularized my sincere gratitude to all of you. Everyday for more than fifty days in the hospital as a patient alongside other patients I felt in my pains to be carried on the wings of your prayers. I stands here as a concrete evidence of the power of your prayers especially to Ina.

April 5, 2010

Mga tugang, patapos na an banal na panahon nin Cuaresma. Napapanahon na hapoton niato an satong sadiri: Ano na an naginibo niato tanganing makapuli kita sa Mahal na Dios?

February 20, 2010

An piniling tema kan satuyang Santo Papa ngonyan na Cuaresma iyo an tema nin "Hustisya". Ini gikan sa inspirasyon kan Surat ni San Pablo sa mga Taga-Roma:  "An Kasuripotan nin  Mahal na Dios ipinahiling huli kan pagtubod ki Jesu Cristo"(Rom. 3: 21-22)

Ano an boot sabihin kan hustisya?