Bring tree seedlings instead of flowers at Bishop Cenzon’s wake, visitors urged

Bring tree seedlings instead of flowers at Bishop Cenzon’s wake, visitors urged

Bishop Emeritus Carlito Cenzon of Baguio died at a hospital in Quezon City on June 26. He was 80. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF BAGUIO

By CBCP News

June 28, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Diocese of Baguio asked mourners who will attend the wake of retired Bishop Carlito Cenzon to forgo flowers and instead bring ornamental plants or seedlings of highland trees.

Bishop Victor Bendico said the move is in accordance to the advocacy of his predecessor for the environment.

“This is our response to his active role in the care for the environment. Rest assured that these plants will be cared for in his memory,” he said.

Bendico noted how Cenzon had initiated the Tree of Life program of the diocese to propagate bamboos for the protection of the environment.

He also recalled how the late prelate headed the Fencing Committee of Baguio City, wherein he helped raise funds to reinstate the children’s park as well as fence the entire Burnham Park for its protection and preservation.

The remains of Cenzon, who died at a hospital in Quezon City on Wednesday, will be brought to the Baguio Cathedral on July 3.

His wake is currently at CICM Provincial House in New Manila Quezon City until the afternoon of June 30.

From Quezon City, his remains will be brought to Saint William’s Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga and will stay there until July 2.

Cenzon served as Vicar Apostolic of Tabuk for 10 years before he was appointed bishop of Baguio in 2002.

From July 3 to 6, the bishop’s body will at the Baguio Cathedral.

The bishop will be interred at the CICM Cemetery inside the Maryhurst Seminary compound after the funeral Mass at the cathedral on July 6.

Cenzon served the Baguio diocese for 14 years until his retirement in 2016.

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.