TLM in the Philippines

The spread of the older form of Mass is not limited to the USA or Europe.  Here is a story from the Philippines.

Latin mass to highlight Mandurriao religious fiesta on Jan. 23

A solemn high mass in Latin will highlight the fiesta of Mandurriao parish on January 23, 2008. Rev. Fr. Esperidion Celis, parish priest of Mandurriao, said he wrote Pope Benedict XVI to seek his blessing of the significant religious undertaking.

Celis said the idea of holding the solemn high mass in Latin is in support of the Holy Father’s decision to bring back and give wider use of the Latin mass according to the 1962 Rite approved by the Papal Moto Proprio "Summorum Pontificum."

Celis said it would be the first time since the 1960s that the Latin mass will be conducted in the Archdiocese of Jaro and even in the entire country.

The Latin mass will be held after the 2:00 p.m. procession around the plaza on January 23.

The mass, which will be officiated by Msgr. Juanito Tuvilla, will have a Gregorian Chant and traditional Christian hymns like Mozart’s "Ave Verum" and Franck’s "Panis Angelicus", as well as a polyphonic rendition of the "Messe Solenelle de Ste. Cecile" by Charles Francois Gounod.

Celis said they have invited parishioners from as far as the province of Capiz and Antique to witness the holding of the Latin mass. They have also invited students of Catholic schools in the city to attend the celebration to give them the chance to experience the 1962 Rite in Latin.

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  1. Daniel Muller says:

    the “Messe Solennelle de Ste. Cecile” by Charles Francois Gounod.

    Whoa ! Bringing out the big guns !

  2. Philippine Catholic says:

    I might add that this is not in the Archdiocese of Manila but rather in the Archdiocese of Jaro in the central part of thr country. Manila is more preoccupied with social justice than with the liturgy. I personally know the parish priest, he is a former youth minister of the archdiocese. He closely follows every document that comes out of the Vatican unlike most of the clergy. He had experienced serving mass according to the 1962 missal while in the seminary but has no experience celebrating it. The celebrant for this Mass has some years of experience before VII though.

    I knew that he just informed the archbishop, who happens to be the president of the episcopal conference, about his decision to have the EF celebrated and did not object but also not as enthusiastic. The problem in the Philippines is that the bishops are at most indifferent to what goes on in Rome while most simple priests cant get hold of most of the documents that comes out of the Vatican. I think that with more informed priests and bishops staying just as indifferent, the EF will spread.

  3. dark coven says:

    To the last comment,

    Although it maybe true that the “Traditional Latin Mass” is not yet well-founded in the Archdiocese of Manila, nevertheless beside it i.e. Diocese of Cubao, continues to celebrate Holy Mass in the Tridentine rite and has a huge traditionalist followers, in the care of Fr. Michell Zerrudo. The said group is also covered by the Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph. The National Capital Region (NCR) has three priests who regularly (viz. daily) celebrates the Tridentine Mass i.e. Fr. Zerrudo, Fr. Skelton, Msgr. Andrade. Last Sunday, it was announced that more Novus Ordo priests are considering to learn the ancient Mass. Also, this coming Saturday January 26 2008 4 a.m. the Extraordinary form of the Roman rite will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Cubao, to honor the arrival of the Holy relics of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. For more information of the Tridentine Mass in Manila (not the Archdiocese), visit, or

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