Former Baguio Bishop Cenzon dies at 80

Former Baguio Bishop Cenzon dies at 80

Bishop Emeritus Carlito Cenzon of Baguio, 1939-2019. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF BAGUIO

By CBCP News

June 26, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Retired Bishop Carlito Cenzon of Baguio passed away at the age of 80.

The prelate died at 3:37 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Lukes Hospital in Quezon City, Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio said. 

Cenzon served as bishop for nearly 27 years. He was first appointed as Vicar Apostolic of Tabuk in 1992. 


In January 2002, he was named Vicar Apostolic of Baguio and two years later became its bishop when Baguio was elevated into a diocese. 


Cenzon was ordained priest in 1965 for the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM). 


“The Diocese of Baguio is one in prayer with the CICM community in this hour of sadness,” Bendico said. 

Cenzon retired from the pastoral governance of the Baguio diocese in 2016 at the age of 77. 

At the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, among the posts he served include the chairmanship of the Commission on Mutual Relations. 

He also served as member of the Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Commission on Mission. 

The remains of Cenzon will at the CICM Provincial House in New Manila, Quezon City until June 30. From July 1 to 2, his body will be at St. William’s Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga.

His remains will then be brought to the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral in Baguio City in the evening of July 2 and will remain there until July 6.

The necrological service will be at 4pm on July 5 and the Funeral Mass will be at 8:30am on the following day at the cathedral.

Bishop Cenzon will be buried at the CICM Cemetery inside Maryhurst Seminary compound in Baguio City.