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Caceres of Bicol

Caceres was established as a suffragan diocese of Manila on 14 August 1595 by virtue of the Papal Bull Super specula militantis ecclesiae of Pope Clement VIII. The Diocese once covered the entire Bicol Region, as well as the Provinces of Tayabas and Aurora.

On 29 July 1951, Pope Pius XII, with his Papal Bull Quo in Philippine Republica, elevated Caceres to an Archdiocese. Today, the Mother Diocese of Bicol is comprised of six suffragan dioceses, and ninety-three parishes.

Christi Sumus


His Grace, the Most Rev. Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D., is the thirty-fourth Bishop and fourth Metropolitan Archbishop of Caceres. He was born to +Nicolasa Joven and +Tomas Tria Tirona as youngest of eight siblings on July 22, 1946 in Sampaloc, Manila He succeeded the late Archbishop +Leonardo Zamora Legaspi, O.P., D.D., who served Caceres for twenty-eight years, from 1983 to 2012.

His motto is Christi Sumus (We belong to Christ).


God calls you.

Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus, said St. John Marie Vianney.  The ministry of priests is important in the life of the Church to make present the work of Jesus today in bringing His Word and Sacraments to the people and in leading God's people as a shepherd.  God chooses men who are ready to be with Him, learn from Him, and ready to be sent by Him to do the mission of Jesus. 


​A combination of the words "samba" and "banwaan", the title Sambanwá exemplifies the mission of the missalette: to guide the Clergy, Parish Ministries, Basic Ecclesial Communities, and the Lay Faithful in fully, actively, and consciously participating in Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations.

The missalette contains the presidential prayers, readings, and Prayer of the Faithful for the Sunday celebration, and a reflection to guide us for the week ahead.

Sambanwá is published by the Archdiocese of Caceres through the Caceres Commission on Communications and Commission on Liturgy.

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