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Villarojo named 5th Bishop of Diocese of Malolos

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State of the Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines-Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sat Bishop Dennis C. Villarojo in the cathedral of the Cathedral-Basilica Minore of the Immaculada Concepcion de Malolos, a symbol of the ruling power in the Diocese of Malolos as Fifth Bishop. (Photo courtesy of Shane Frias Velasco)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Thousand of Bulakenyos witnessed the Canonical Installation of the Most Reverend Bishop Dennis C. Villarojo, D.D. as Fifth Bishop of Diocese of Malolos on Wednesday.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra paid tribute to Bishop Dennis C. Villarojo in his appointment as the Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Malolos. The secretary was the highest government official to attend the dedication ceremony at the Cathedral-Basilica Minore of the Immaculada Concepcion de Malolos. (Photo courtesy of Shane Frias Velasco)

This was after Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church appointed him on May 14, 2019, and is formally appointed this August 21, 2019, at the feast of St. Pius X, the patron saint of the new Bishop.

The dedication ceremony was led by the State of the Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines-Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

In his message, the bishop said when he saw the new coat-of-arms of the diocese he was leading and the logo of the province of Bulacan, he noticed three flowers that symbolized the Flowers.

“These three Flowers would be a symbol to “wipe away the tears of the afflicted and the blood of the afflicted,” Bishop Villarojo.

The historic day of the dedication of Bulakenyo believers was witnessed by ten government officials led by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra.

The secretary has supported Bishop Villarojo in all its steps for the betterment of the Diocese of Malolos.

Meanwhile, Governor Daniel R. Fernando handed Bishop Villarojo the ceremonial key of Bulacan province to welcome his ‘new home’ as the Fifth Bishop.

The dedication ceremony in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculada Concepcion de Malolos was last 2004 since the appointment of Bishop Jose Oliveros. He passed away on May 11, 2018, while awaiting the appointment of the Fifth Bishop, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao temporarily resigned as Apostolic Administrator.

The first bishop, Bishop Manuel Del Rosario, was ordained in 1961 with the establishment of the Diocese of Malolos from the membership of the Archdiocese of Manila. Bishop Cirilo Almario Jr. followed this. in 1977 and served until 1995 as Malolos’s longest-serving bishop for 18 years.

Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona, who had been bishop of the Diocese of Malolos for the past three years, led the Malolos Cathedral as a Basilica Minore in 1999. He was succeeded by Bishop Oliveros as the fourth bishop and he was the bishop who died during his tenure.

Meanwhile, besides the Diocese of Malolos, Bishop Villarojo’s leadership includes the Cathedral-Basilica Minore of the Immaculada Concepcion which is declared a historical site. It served as the Palacio Presidential from 1898 to 1901 when President Emilio Aguinaldo and his cabinet continued, from the opening session of the Congress of Malolos until the inauguration of the First Republic of the Philippines.

At 52, he will be the fifth head of the Malolos Diocese, succeeding Bishop Jose Oliveros who died at the age of 71 in May 2018.

A native of Cebu City, Villarojo finished philosophy at San Carlos College Seminary of Cebu and theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

He has ordained a priest on June 10, 1994. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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