Issue of January 8, 2017

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Retired bishop continues to dream of a better Baguio
by Harley F. Palangchao

EMOTIONAL FAREWELL -- Most Rev. Bishop Carlito Cenzon, C.I.C.M., D.D. (seated, center), turns emotional as throngs of devotees approach him to express gratitude for serving the Baguio Diocese for the past 14 years. The 77-year-old prelate celebrated his final Eucharistic mass at the Baguio Cathedral on Jan. 5 along with priests from various churches of the diocese. The retired bishop, who has served the church for 50 years, is a known advocate of preservation of the environment and against social ills. His successor, Bishop Victor Bendico, will be ordained and installed at the Baguio Cathedral on Jan. 10. -- Harley Palangchao



Bishop Carlito J. Cenzon, C.I.C.M. has celebrated his final eucharistic mass at the Baguio Cathedral Thursday, leaving a legacy as one of the staunchest advocates for the protection of the city’s environment and against social ills.

The 77-year-old prelate, who was born and raised in Baguio, urged the Baguio Diocese to extend the same support and calling to spread the gospel in this mountain resort up to the hinterlands within the diocese.

Cenzon, who served the Baguio Diocese, which also covers the province of Benguet for more than 14 years, filed his resignation to the Vatican last year.

The Vatican, in turn, appointed Bishop Victor Bendico of Iloilo as Cenzon’s successor. The new bishop will be installed at the Baguio Cathedral on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Cenzon will be remembered for his no-nonsense stand against the destruction of the remaining green patches in Baguio and Benguet.

He was at the forefront of the opposition against the last pine tree stand near the Baguio Convention Center and has been very vocal against the expansion project of a giant mall that led to the cutting and earthballing of dozens of trees.

He is also among the main convenors of the Baguio-Benguet Multisectoral Group that led and continues to lead the opposition against all forms of gambling – legal or illegal – in the localities.

His group, the Bishop Cenzon Foundation, also explored various projects like the annual golf for-a-cause that raised funds for the rehabilitation of churches within the Baguio Diocese.

Born on Jan. 25, 1953, Cenzon finished his elementary and secondary education in Baguio. He likewise completed his Novitiate and Philosophy at the Maryhurst Seminary in 1956. He eventually completed Theology at San Carlos Seminary in 1962.

Msgr. Cenzon was assigned in Natonin Catholic Mission in Mountain Province in the mid-1960s before he was assigned to various parishes in Manila.

He was also assigned in three different parish assignments in Brazil in the early 1970s to early 1980s before he was appointed general councilor in Rome, Italy.

Before he came back to Baguio, he was appointed as an apostolic vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk, Kalinga.

Msgr. Cenzon did a great job in leading community involvement in pressing social, political, and environmental issues in Baguio and its environs over the past two decades.

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