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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.

Servus Tuus Sum


His Grace, the Most Reverend Rex Andrew Clement Alarcon, Doctor of Divinity is the Thirty-fifth Bishop and Fifth Metropolitan Archbishop of Caceres.

He was Ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Caceres on 09 November 1996 and a Bishop on 19 March 2019. He previously served as Bishop of Daet from 2019-2022 and is concurrently the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. His Episcopal Motto is Servus Tuus Sum (I am your servant).




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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