On Thursday, August 5, Bishop Broderick Pabillo touched down at the Puerto Princesa International Airport. He was welcomed by members of the vicariate, and proceeded to travel to Taytay, a three-hour ride from the airport, to a facility where he will undergo the 7-day mandatory quarantine.
The 66-year-old bishop arrived in Palawan a week before his scheduled installation as the new vicar apostolic of Taytay vicariate on August 19. He is only the second to hold such position in Taytay, Palawan–the first one being Bishop Edgardo Juanich, who resigned from the post in 2018 due to health reasons. (Read: Bishop Pabillo Urges Church Leaders Not to Remain Silent)
Bishop Pabillo was appointed by Pope Francis to the post on June 29, after 15 years of serving as the auxiliary bishop of Manila.
Change of plans
Initially, Bishop Pabillo was going to be installed by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila. However, due to the imposed enhanced community quarantine in NCR, the cardinal and Papal Nuncio Charles Brown will not be able to make it to the event. The ECQ will remain until August 20, a day after the scheduled installation.
Instead, Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa will be the one to install Bishop Pabillo to the post on August 19. The change was announced through Radio Veritas by Bishop Pabillo himself. “So basically, it is an all Palawan team,” he said.
His predecessor, Bishop Juanich, will also be present on the installation day. (Read: Bishop Pabillo Warns Catholics Against Voting For Political Dynasties)
Bishop Pabillo’s installation will be at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral, the seat of the Taytay bishop, in front of a limited number of guests due to COVID-19 protocols. The date is also Bishop Pabillo’s 15th episcopal anniversary, and the feast day of St. Ezequiel Moreno, an Augustinian Recollect missionary who served in Palawan.