Franciscan East Asia
Philippine Province of​
San Pedro Bautista
​​OFM Provincial House,69 San Pedro Bautista Street, SFDM 1104
Quezon City, Philippines  
Tel. No:  +63 2 37323                                      ofmprovsec@gmail.com
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Brief History
The OFM Franciscans arrived in Manila on July 2, 1578.  Upon their arrival, the first fifteen friars were temporarily housed in the Augustinian convent in Intramuros. Then they finally moved to their own residence on August 1 of the same year.

The next day they blessed their new church and placed it under the protection of Our Lady of the Angels.  After few months, they set off for the evangelization of the archipelago.  In Manila, they founded Santa Ana de Sapa, Paco, Pandacan, Sampaloc and San Francisco del Monte.  With the arrival of more friars, the Province of St. Gregory the Great was finally erected on November 15, 1586.

Painting of San Pedro Bautista displayed in the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista in Quezon City Philippines.
 In the ensuing years, the Spanish Franciscans labored energetically in many places in the country.  Since their arrival until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898, the Franciscans were able to establish and/or administer 207 towns/parishes in the following areas: Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon Province, Aurora, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island , Marinduque, Mindoro, Samar, Nueva Viscaya and Leyte.
The Cagsawa Ruins in Cagsawa, Albay was one of the many churches built by the Franciscans in the Bicol Region.
The Franciscan missionaries in the Philippines founded the Colegio Serafico for the aspiring young Filipinos to become a friar. The place is now the Provincial House of the Province of San Pedro Bautista.
Aside from the founding of towns and parishes, the Franciscans also dedicated themselves to the establishment of institutions of charity such as: the San Juan de Dios Hospital (1580), Naga Hospital of San Diego (1586), Hospital of the Holy Waters in Los Baños (1592), and San Lazaro Hospital – the first leprosarium in the Far East (1580). 

The Franciscans also excelled in the field of languages. Fray Pedro de San Buenaventura, composed the first Spanish-Tagalog dictionary (Vocabulario de la lengua Tagala) that was published in Pila, Laguna in 1613.  The Bicolano-Spanish dictionary printed in 1745 was authored by Fray Marcos Lisboa. The authorship of the first book printed in the Philippines in 1593, the Doctrina Christiana, was attributed to Fray Juan de Plasencia.  Fray Juan de Oliver wrote the first catechism on the 10 commandments in Tagalog.  The first water system in Manila and free loan-banks (Montes de Piedad) were established through the efforts of Fray Felix Huerta, OFM. 


Early photo of the San Lazaro Hospital. 
 In the ensuing years, the Spanish Franciscans labored energetically in many places in the country.  Since their arrival until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898, the Franciscans were able to establish and/or administer 207 towns/parishes in the following areas: Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon Province, Aurora, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island , Marinduque, Mindoro, Samar, Nueva Viscaya and Leyte.

​Aside from the founding of towns and parishes, the Franciscans also dedicated themselves to the establishment of institutions of charity such as: the San Juan de Dios Hospital (1580), Naga Hospital of San Diego (1586), Hospital of the Holy Waters in Los Baños (1592), and San Lazaro Hospital – the first leprosarium in the Far East (1580).  
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Journeying with all towards a new heaven and a new earth, we envision a family in love, justice, peace and fullness of life under the Triune God, the protection of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and the example of San Pedro Bautista.

-VISION-
Mission
Hence, we commit ourselves to witness in the Church and society as friars Minor. 

1. Spirit of Prayer and Devotion
2. Minority, Poverty and Solidarity
3. Missions and Evangelization
4. Formation and Studies

Administration
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    Br. Cielito Almazan, OFM
    Minister Provincial
    OFM Provincial House 69 San Pedro Bautista Street, SFDM 1104 Quezon City, Philippines Tel. No: +63 2 3732973 Email: ofmprovmin@gmail.com
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    Br. Reu Jose Galoy, OFM
    Vicar Provincial
    Sanatuario de San Antonio Parish McKinley Road, Forbes Park 1219 Makati City, Philippines Tel. No: +63 2 843 8832; +63 2 843 8835 Email: rjgaloy@yahoo.com
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    Br. Andres Rañoa, OFM
    Definitor
    Monasterio de Sta Clara Chaplaincy 1050-C5 Road, Brgy. Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City, Philippines Tel. No: +63 2 962 6995 Email: andresofm@yahoo.com
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    Br. Irineo Tactac, III, OFM
    Definitor
    Our Lady of the Angels Seminary Bagbag, Novaliches, 1116 Quezon City Philippines Tel. No: +63 2 936 4083; +63 2 936 4086 Email: irineoofm@gmail.com
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    Br. Bernardo M. Lanuza, OFM
    Definitor
    Juan de Plasencia Novitiate Brgy. Laguan, Liliw 4004 Laguna, Philippines Tel. No: +63 49 563 2951 Email: grayakkal@yahoo.com
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    Br. Mario Ricablanca, OFM
    Definitor
    St. Clare of Assisi Parish Sto. Tomas, Isabela, Philippines Email: ricablacamario368@yahoo.com