Filipino

The Diocesan Council of Filipino Catholics – Diocese of San Jose, CA

In 1982, Bishop Pierre DuMaine, aware of the large population of Filipino Catholics in the diocese, had the vision of uniting the different Filipino groups. With that in mind, Bishop DuMaine established the Office of Filipino Ministry with Fr. Ben Manding as the Director.

Annual Simbang Gabi Schedule – Please check back every December for the schedule.

First Filipino Ministry Meeting

Fr. Manding spearheaded an organizational meeting on September 18 of the same year, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and was attended by following: Rosie Alemania, Remy Apolinar, Baby Araneta, Rudy Baladad, Poi Buenaventura, Lily Alemania, Celia Caampued, Lou Camero, Connie Cano, Mr. & Mrs. George Cavinta, Don & Nini Coquilla, Mr. & Mrs. Santos Dayao, Sally Saint Germain, Rudy Ong, Cory Ong, Sam & Aster Pasion, Gertrude Nagal, Jun Samaniego, Nicolas Sucgang, Pierre Tierra, Laling Vidal, and Vita Villena.

First Fiesta of Santo Nino

The first Fiesta of the Santo Nino was held on January 15, 1983 at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, presided by Bishop Pierre DuMaine. Laling Vidal was headed the Executive Committee at that time.

First Election of Officers

On July 8, 1983, the first election of officers was held. Don Coquilla became the first president. In the same year, the Council found a home at Saint Martin’s Parish in Sunnyvale, where monthly meetings and annual Santo Nino Fiestas were held until the Saint Joseph Cathedral/Basilica was completely renovated.

Advisors

  • 2007 – Present Rev. Andres C. Ligot, JCD,
  • Vicar for Filipino Ministry 2004 – 2007 Rev. Norman Segovia,
  • Vicar for Filipino Ministry 1999 – 2004 Rev. Jose Galang,
  • Vicar for Filipino Ministry 1991 – 1999 Rev. Wilfredo S. Manrique. JCL,
  • Vicar for Filipino Ministry 1982 – 1991 Rev. Benito O. Manding, Ph.D, S.T.D., Founder, Director of Filipino Ministry

Presidents

  • 2011 – Present  Lou Concepcion
  • 2009 – 2011 Romy Dizon
  • 2007 – 2009 Didi Perez
  • 2003 – 2007 Dolly Galvan
  • 1999 – 2003 Mercy Sacman
  • 1997 – 1999 Gemma Magno
  • 1995 – 1997 Carlos Solomon
  • 1993 – 1995 Celia Caampued
  • 1991 – 1993 Sam Pasion
  • 1987 – 1991 Poi Buenaventura
  • 1985 – 1987 Eddie Atangan
  • 1983 – 1985 Don Coquilla