Bachiller Don Alfonzo Baluio (Baluyot) y Garzia. He is the first
Indio Missionary and Chaplain. Ordained in 1703.
Bachiller Don Francisco Baluyot. Most probably from Guagua, he is
the first known Indio priest (secular, not from the religious orders).
Ordained around 1698.
Licenciado Don Martin Baluyot Panlasigui. The First Filipino Diocesan
Secretary. Ordained in 1705. The Baluyot Family led the Pampanga revolt
The Baluyots can be considered the first Filipino priestly clan
serving all four Philippine sees. Besides Francisco, there were Alfonzo,
Martin, and Augustin. In the Pampanga uprising of 1660, the recording secretary
of the leadership was a Baluyot of Guagua.
Joaquin Cunanan. A President-General of the Union Spiritista Cristiana
de Filipinas, Inc., the most widely-known organization of the "psychic
surgeons." He also was the President of the Philippine Yoga Society, Inc.
(Pol Kekai Manansala).
Bro. Andrew Gonzalez. President of De La Salle University and expert
linguist. Wrote some of the most important descriptive grammars of the
Kapampangan language. Nephew of Dr. Bienvenido M. Gonzalez (Pol Kekai Manansala).
Bachiller Don Juan Mañago. The first Filipino Military Chaplain
and Hospital Chaplain. Ordained around 1705, probably a direct descendant
or collateral descendant of Don Francisco Mañago and Don Cristobal
Mañago, the leaders of the Pampanga revolt of 1660.
Felix Manalo. Organized the religious sect known as "Iglesia ni
Kristo", the only Filipino-organized religious group to have an international
Bishop La Verne D. Mercado. From Lubao, Pampanga, elected Bishop
of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines and also served as General
Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (by Pedro
Mercado and Armando Regala).
Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil. From Tarlac, Dr. Nacpil was elected Bishop
of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines and also served as Professor
of Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Together
with Bishop Mercado that makes two Kapampangans out of four actively serving
Bishops of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines (by Armando Regala).
Don Juan Panlasigui. Like the brothers Francisco and Cristobal Mañago,
he was executed in Mexico with another Baluyot of Guagua).
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Felipe Salvador. Organized a religious sect known as "Santa Iglesia"
in Apalit during the 1890s. During the revolution, Salvador became a colonel
in the Philippine army and organized a guerrilla war among the peasants
against the Americans during the Fil-Am war. The movement was based in
the Candaba Swamp. All his fellow guerrillas were members of his church,
of which he was pontiff. He also appointed a high priestess. He was captured
by the Philippine Constabulary in 1902, but escaped prison and returned
to Central Luzon. Salvador relocated his headquarters to the holy mountain
of Arayat, and peasants from Pangasinan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija
and Bulacan began joining his church and peasant movement. Strangely, he
had more followers from the Tagalog regions to the North and East rather
than from his home province of Pampanga. Salvador was captured in 1910
due mostly to a combined effort by local authorities. He was executed in
1912. Salvador's movement was unique in that it was the first to show the
dissatisfaction of the peasant class with the land-owning elite. These
tensions later fueled the Huk, NPA and other movements in Pampanga (Pol
Rufino Cardinal Santos. First Filipino to be elevated to rank of
Cardinal in the Catholic Church. Former chief of Catholic Church in Philippines.
Held same position as Jaime Cardinal Sin does today (Pol Kekai Manansala).
Bachiller Don Blas de Sta. Rosa. The First Indio Pastor. Ordained
in 1703 (Pol Kekai Manansala.