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Churches in Catanduanes

Catanduanes is composed of 11 municipalities, but there are 18 parishes distributed island wide. There are 3 parishes in the capital town Virac, 3 in Viga, 3 in Bato and 2 in San Andres. Although radical architectural changes have been made in many of the centuries old churches. From baroque to contemporary architecture and basic structural changes from coral stones to cement. Still many of the old practices and traditions are revered and observed up to this day. Happy Easter!

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Vicar Forane: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jose B. Molina, PA, VG

Virac Cathedral (F-1755), Virac 4800 Catanduanes Population: 42,045; Catholics: 41,204 Titular: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, December 8 Parish Priest: Rev. Msgr. Jose B. Molina, PA, VG Parochial Vicars: Fr. Allan Martin Basilio, Fr. Joseph Saratan, Fr. Pascual Macuja (Retired, In Residence), Fr. Sid Jose Sanchez, Fr. Paul I. Isorena

Cabugao (F-1911), Bato 4801 Catanduanes Population: 9,288; Catholics: 9,185 Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 13 Parish Priest: Fr. Francis M. Sarmiento

Magnesia (F-1956), Virac 4800 Catanduanes Population: 5,713; Catholics: 5,427 Titular: St. Isidore The Farmer, May 15 Parish Priest: Fr. Constantino Soriao

Palta (F-1955), Virac 4800 Catanduanes Population: 6,037; Catholics: 6,018 Titular: Our Lady of Salvation, May 24 Parish Priest: Fr. Virgilio R. Bea

Vicariate of St. John the Baptist Vicar Forane: Fr. Juan Lizaso, Jr.

Bato (F-1830), 4801 Catanduanes Population: 17,858; Catholics: 17,643 Titular: St. John The Baptist, June 24 Parish Priest: Fr. Laudemer Jose Gapaz Parochial Vicar: Fr. Allan Pereyra

Holy Cross Shrine (F-1576), Batalay, Bato 4801 Catanduanes Rector: Fr. Laudemer Jose Gapaz

Baras (F-1897), 4803 Catanduanes Population: 12,790; Catholics: 12,522 Titular: St. Lawrence, August 10 Parish Priest: Fr. Eduardo Manibale

Gigmoto (F-1951), 4804 Catanduanes Population: 7,275; Catholics: 7,246 Titular: St. Isidore the Farmer, May 15 Parish Priest: Fr. Fernando Genogaling

San Miguel (F-1953), 4802 Catanduanes Population: 13,016; Catholics: 12,677 Titular: St. Michael the Archangel, May 8 Parish Priest: Fr. Juan Lizaso, Jr. Parochial Vicar: Fr. Leonardo B. Tamayo, Jr.

Vicariate of St. Andrew the Apostle Vicar Forane: Fr. Vicente Borre III

San Andres (F-1798), 4810 Catanduanes Population: 22,864; Catholics: 22,407 Titular: St. Andrew, November 30 Parish Priest: Fr. Vicente A. Borre III Parochial Vicar: Fr. Jose Peña, Fr. Joel Rama

Caramoran (F-1600), 4808 Catanduanes Population: 23,720; Catholics: 21,822 Titular: St. John The Baptist, June 24 Parish Priest: Fr. Jose C. Tejada Parochial Vicar: Fr. Avelino Sualibio

Manambrag (F-1953), San Andres 4810 Catanduanes Population: 9,798; Catholics: 9,601 Titular: St. Isidore The Farmer, May 15 Parish Priest: Fr. Renato de la Rosa

Pandan (F-1650), 4809 Catanduanes Population: 16,983; Catholics: 16,813 Titular: St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31 Parish Priest: Fr. Edison Bernardo Parochial Vicar: Fr. Benedicto Tugano

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Assumption Vicar Forane: Very Rev. Fr. Leandro S. Atutubo, Jr.

Viga (F-1661), 4805 Catanduanes Population: 9,626; Catholics: 9,385 Titular: Our Lady of the Assumption, August 15 Parish Priest: Fr. Leandro S. Atutubo, Jr. Parochial Vicars: Fr. Arnel M. Barba

Bagamanoc (F-1929), 4807 Catanduanes Population: 11,240; Catholics: 11,205 Titular: St. Anthony of Padua, June 13 Parish Priest: Fr. Felipe S. Faustino Parochial Vicar: Fr. Rolando de la Rosa

Panganiban (F-1683), 4806 Catanduanes Population: 16,983; Catholics: 16,812 Titular: St. James The Greater, July 25 Parish Priest: Fr. Joseph O. Infante

Oco (F-1811), Viga 4805 Catanduanes Population: 5,615; Catholics: 5,384 Titular: St. Joseph, May 1 Parish Priest: Fr. Felix B. Mira

Tambongon (F-1952), Viga 4805 Catanduanes Population: 4,612; Catholics: 4,602 Titular: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16 Parish Admin.: Fr. Juan Tejerero


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