2014, March 31


“Welcome His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, first Ilocano Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church.” Cardinal Olando “Orly” Beltran Quevedo, after 67 years he returns to his home province as the first Ilokano cardinal.

Quevedo spent his elementary years (Grade 1-3) at the Shamrock Elem. School in Laoag City before his family moved to Marbel, South Cotabato in 1945. He continued his primary schooling (Grade 4-6) in Cotabato and graduated in secondary at the Notre Dame School. He was ordained as a priest in June 5, 1964. After 16 years or on July 23, 1980, Pope John Paul II appointed him as prelature bishop of Kidapawan. On March 22, 1986 appointed as Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Vigan, then on September 8, 1998, he was seated as the Archbishop of Cotabato and chosen as secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference. From 1999 to 2003, Quevedo served as President of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines. On February 22, 2014 Cardinal Quevedo was officially declared as cardinal by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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