Masbate Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral-Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua, is a Roman Catholic church located on Quezon Street in Masbate City, Masbate Province, the Philippines. It is the cathedral or seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate.
It belongs to the Vicariate of St. Anthony of Padua, which includes also Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Malinta, Masbate City and St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish in Mobo. It was founded in 1578 by Spanish Missionaries. The present rector of the cathedral is Rev. Ismael B. Misolas.
It was founded in 1578 by Spanish Missionaries.
In 1951, the parish became a part of the newly erected Roman Catholic Diocese of Sorsogon, of which Rev. Teopisto Alberto was its first Bishop. Then parish priest Msgr. Arnulfo Arcilla (later made bishop of Sorsogon) laid down the foundation of the first structures of the cathedral-parish in 1954.
On March 23, 1968, the civil province of Masbate was declared an independent diocese from Sorsogon, and St. Anthony of Padua Parish was made the cathedral or seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate.
Its center floor and isle was of course preserved as well as some vestiges of the cross-shaped part of the ceiling. Msgr. Joel Z. Baylon, the second successor to Episcopacy in the Diocese of Masbate, initiated this venture and was supported by Msgr. Quintin Feraren Jr., together with all the parish priests and faithful here and abroad. The Cathedral was blessed and dedicated on September 25, 2004.
HOW TO GET THERE?
---From the down town area of Masbate you can just actually walk to reach St. Anthony de Padua Cathedral or ride a tricycle ( fare Php8 ) just tell the driver to drop you off at the Church.
HOW TO GET TO MASBATE?
There's a daily trip going to Masbate via RORO bus, the terminal is locate at Cubao, this is part of the nautical highway, the bus will be carried by the RORO boat,from Pilar to Masbate City port, is just ₱1,050 one way for aircon buses, ₱800 for one way for ordinary buses.
Airphil express, flying daily is now the only carrier from Manila to Masbate as Zest-air ceased flying to Masbate in May 2013. Cebu pacific also flies four times weekly from Cebu to Masbate having taken over the vacant Zest air slot.Please be aware that both airlines can and do cancel at very short notice, and it is not unusual to be returning to either Manila or Cebu when in flight due to poor weather conditions at Masbate. Both airlines leave from their respective terminals during early morning.
Via Pilar in the province of Sorsogon. By Fastcraft, it is a two hr ride from there, much longer if using other ferry options, which is what most of the people traveling to and from the province use. There are also boats from Lucena in Luzon and Cebu in the Visayas.
SCHEDULE OF MASS
BLESSED SACRAMENT AREA AT THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CHURCH
CANDLE AREA AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH