Rorate Caeli

Traditional Latin Mass Update in the Philippines

This is the most current list that I have been able to compile of diocese-affiliated Traditional Latin Masses in the Philippines.
In addition to some reported Masses in remote locations that I have not been able to verify, there are private weekday and Sunday Low Masses not open to the public (or open only to select individuals) in various locations throughout the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces and in Mindanao. In some cases, priests have asked that their Masses not to be revealed or publicized for fear of misunderstandings and reprisals. Those who really need to know about private Masses in their areas may contact me at caloyraj AT yahoo DOT com.

I expect to update this whole list by end of September.

Asterisks mark those Masses that started in the aftermath of Summorum Pontificum.

LUZON (Northern Philippines)

Diocese of Cubao (Metropolitan Manila area)

1. Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy (PLDM).
Madasalin cor. Maamo St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City (northern Metro Manila)
Mass on Sundays (Missa Cantata): 1.30 p.m.
*Daily Private Mass from Monday - Saturday (Low Mass): normally at 8:00 a.m.
Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo offers the Mass on Sundays and most weekdays, Msgr. Moises Andrade and other diocesan clergy on some weekdays

(The TLM in PLDM is the successor of the indult-era Sunday TLM in the Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Diocese of Cubao.)

2. *There is a private TLM (open to the lay faithful) every last Wednesday of the month in a privately-owned grotto near Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, in the Diocese of Cubao. If one wishes to attend, please contact Carlos Palad at caloyraj AT yahoo DOT com for more details.

Diocese of Paranaque (Metropolitan Manila area)

3. *St. Jerome Emiliani and St. Susanna Parish
Alabang Town Center near Zapote Road
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City (southern-most part of Metro Manila)
Mass on Sundays (Missa Cantata): 9.30 a.m
Fr. Grato Germanetto, CRS (Somascans)

Note: The Sunday and daily TLM that was inaugurated recently in St. Augustine Parish in Paranaque City, has been stopped.

Diocese of Malolos

4. *National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima Ave., Pag-Asa Subdivision 1, Marulas,
Valenzuela City (northern-most part of Metro Manila)
Mass on Sundays (normally a Missa Cantata): 8.00 p.m.
Msgr. Moises Andrade

Archdiocese of Manila (Metropolitan Manila area)

5. Marian Library and Information Center
1170 R. Hidalgo Street
Quiapo, City of Manila
Tel. Nos: 632+704-9712
Low Mass on First Fridays (and occasionally on First Saturdays): in the early afternoon
Msgr. Melencio De Vera
(Call ahead to verify schedule)

NOTE: This chapel is very small and well hidden from public view and is accessible only through a private passage-way. First-time visitors are advised to call the Center to verify the Mass schedule and to ask for directions. This chapel is almost in the shadow of the San Sebastian Church, a towering 19th century Gothic steel church in the heart of old Manila.

This Mass began to be publicized in the aftermath of Summorum Pontificum, but in fact, private Low Masses have been offered here on and off since the 1990's, making the chapel one of the oldest continuously-used TLM locations in the Philippines.

6. *The Sunday TLM that was inaugurated only last July at the Mary Help of Christians Chapel of Saint John Bosco Parish in Makati City (Metro Manila) under the Archdiocese of Manila has moved its location (but still within Makati) and has been indefinitely suspended.

Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna

7. *San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
Binan, Laguna Province (south of Metro Manila)
Private Mass (open to the public) on Saturdays (Low Mass): early afternoon (normally 1:00 or 2:00 PM)
Subject to change without prior notice
Fr. John Paul M. Villanueva

Diocese of Sorsogon

8. *Aemilianum College, Inc. (ACI)
Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Province (Bicol Region)
Holy Mass on Sundays (Low Mass, sometimes Missa Cantata): 9:00 AM
Fr. Abraham Arganiosa, CRS (Somascan)

Note: The Sunday TLM in St. Michael Parish in Bacoor in the Diocese of Imus, established under the Ecclesia Dei indult in 2004, has long ceased to be offered. Those who attended it now go to the TLM's in Cubao and Paranaque.

VISAYAS (The islands comprising the central part of the Philippines)

Archdiocese of Jaro

9. Chapel of St. Joseph Regional Seminary (cancelled)
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Missa Cantata on Sundays, First Friday and First Saturday: 4:00 PM
Msgr. Sozonte Cataluna

The indult-era TLM's in the Cathedral of Jaro and in a few other chapels have been cancelled.

[Update: I've just been informed that Msgr. Cataluna has gone on leave and that the Mass in Jaro has thus been suspended for lack of a priest to offer the TLM. Despite the support and encouragement of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, no priest has yet stepped forward to learn the TLM and be Msgr. Cataluna's substitute.

The Jaro community -- once the largest Traditionalist community in the Philippines -- dates back to the 1990's, and had been comprised of people who preferred to remain under the diocese despite the strong presence of the SSPX in Jaro.]

Archdiocese of Cebu

10. *Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
(Monastery of the Society of the Angel of Peace)
Cansojong, Talisay City
Holy Mass on Sundays: 3:00 PM

11. *Monastery of the Order of Discalced Augustinians
Monastery Chapel
Tabor Hill Talamban 6000, Cebu City
Holy Mass on Sundays (Missa Cantata): 10:30 AM
Rev. Fr. Luigi Kerschbamer, OAD, the OAD community's superior.

Diocese of Tagbilaran

12. Assumption of Our Lady Parish
Dauis, 6339 Bohol
Telephone Number: (038) 502-2008
Private Low Mass everyday (open to the public, but Mass schedule varies)
Fr. Joseph Skelton

Fr. Joseph Skelton had permission to offer the TLM in private even before Summorum Pontificum

13. *Fr. Skelton also offers a monthly TLM in Cortes, Bohol. Details forthcoming.

Diocese of Bacolod

14. Victorias Provincial Hospital
Provincial Hospital Chapel

Victorias City,
Sunday Mass (Missa Cantata): 9:00 AM
Diocese of Bacolod (suffragan of Archdiocese of Cebu)

(Other TLM's in the Diocese of Bacolod that were established in the indult years have ceased to be offered)

MINDANAO (Southern Philippines)

Archdiocese of Davao

15. *Divine Word Formation Center - Davao
(Seminary of the SVD Fathers, SVD Southern Province-Philippines)
8000 Davao City P.O. Box 81218
Holy Mass on Sundays: 3:00 P.M.
Fr. Redempto Maniwang SVD


  1. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Palad. This is the most important posting on this blog in at least a month. It is critical for us to know the situation under "Summorum Ponticum" in one of the world's most important Catholic countries, the Philippines. I suppose that I have a pro-Philippines bias, since a favourite teacher in High School was from there. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack some years ago, when he was only in his fifties. I remember him constantly in my prayers. He was a very gentle and good man.

    I am always watching news about the Masses in the Philippines. It is central to international S.P. expansion, being situated between the Asian continent and the Australain one.

    Thank you. I presume that I can copy your list to a weblist I belong to?

    Peter Karl T. Perkins

  2. Yes, Mr. Perkins, please feel free to forward this directory.

    By the way, I sent you an email.

  3. Antonio,
    Why is it that the NCCB is not too generous to TLM followers? It looks like they (the TLM) operate like the underground Chinese Catholics in mainland China. I am attending a TLM
    seminar for priests in our Archdiocese next month and I am planning to celebrate TLM next February in our diocese in WV when I take my vacation.
    Maraming Salamat!

  4. Dear Fr. Gary:

    I gues what you really mean is the CBCP (the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines).

    The hostility stems from the Philippine Church's general ignorance of, and isolation from, the flourishing and renewal of orthodox Catholic thought that has happened in the West in the past two decades. There is also an appalling ignorance among our priests and bishops about the latest decrees from Rome.

    The Philippine Church remains in a time warp, lost somewhere in the 1970's. Ideas that are derided throughout orthodox Catholic circles in the West as "so 1970's" continue to be seen as "cutting edge" in our seminaries and theology faculties.

    There is also a serious lack of informed lay Catholics in the Philippines. Our theologians are also generally cut off from the best currents of orthodox Catholic thought. Have you not asked yourself why a country like the Philippines -- the 3rd largest Catholic country in the world -- is almost invisible in the theological and liturgical landscape, and why a few tired names from the 1970's (Arevalo the liberationist, De Mesa of Concilium, Chupungco of liturgical wreckovation fame, etc.) continue to represent us in all theological and liturgical matters? (Bishop Chito Tagle is young but he is pretty much a disciple of the Bologna School.)

    Almost all the books that continue to be sold in our Catholic bookstores represent the cutting edge of 1970's-era liberal thinking in all facets of Church life. It doesn't help that Liturgical Press has a near-stranglehold on the Philippine market for liturgical literature, and that publishers like Orbis Books, Liturgical Press and Crossroad can afford to flood our bookstores and seminaries with excess books.

    Last September 14, I -- an untrained layman -- gave a lecture on Summorum Pontificum to the theological faculty and the philosophy students of one of the Philippines' more orthodox theological schools. That a mere 25-year old like me would be asked to give a talk of such importance was bad enough, but what shocked me more was the feedback I got after the talk: "We have never heard before of the things you mentioned..."

  5. I've just posted a sad update about Jaro's TLM

  6. My home province is not far from Iloilo. I used to go to Jaro every summer during H.S. I am sad about the news. The SSPX made their 1st foundation in Iloilo and they are growing rapidly. I might visit there again this coming February during my vacation.

  7. Anonymous4:40 PM

    to Carlos Palad

    Many thanks indeed. It is interesting to see how TLM is "creeping" its way throughout the Philippino Church, especially how articles 2 and 4 are very useful.

    Do not presume, my dear friend, that Europeans would be better informed : some are but many others ...

    A special mention for Bp Tagle who was (is ?) a member of the International Theological Commission in Rome. I agree with your evaluation but after meeting him once, many years ago, I felt he could be more open minded to TLM at least. If I remember well, when he became bishop, he gave a permission under the previous E.D. regime.
    He could be a man to talk with.

    Besides if you compare theological production of the Philippines and say ... Brazil, you'll probably see the same "time warp", lost in the 1970's ...
    It's amazing - or depressing - that the last CELAM in Aparecida in 2006 found a priority to applause the desastrous Liberation theology !

  8. Anonymous5:44 PM

    I am asking for all of you to comment on this very important matter. As we all know, it is the year for priests. With St John Vianney as its patron the holy father encourages all ordained minister to imitate him in all things. Recently, as I was looking at the pics here in the net, i cam across a website of an ordained Franciscan Cinventual Fr Eric. I dont know him personally but I was surprised to see him posting his pics naked while he is at the beach. Inspite of the comments there, he still insists on being on the right side. Please enlighten me on this matter I think it is a scandal and an error. I dont think the Church of Our Lord Jesus would tolerate that. Please help me.

  9. Praise be Jesus and Mary now and forever! My dear brothers and sisters in Christ and in Holy Tradition, I am very happy to see this website. I am also a traditionalist. I would like to ask your comment on this matter which I would like to ask of you. A priest recently posted a picture of him naked in a beach. I am not sure if this is just fine but I have a feeling that it is wrong. Please enlighten me on this matter.

  10. Father Eric has not posted any photographs of himself naked, but he does have a couple photos of himself wearing a bathing suit at the beach. This is no more scandalous or offensive than the Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel or his famous sculpture David. I note that he has also posted a photograph of the late Holy Father John Paul II dressed much the same as Father Eric is dressed in his photos. Nothing offensive about that photo either. Neither Father Eric nor John Paul are naked in those photos -- rather, they are wearing the appropriate clothing for a day of recreation at the beach. You may be rather more scrupulous about this matter than necessary.