On November 14, 2018, the Vatican news office announced the appointment of the Most Rev. David William Valencia Antonio as Bishop of the Ilagan Diocese in the Phillippines. Bishop Valencia will continue to serve as the Apostolic Administrator of San Jose in Mindoro until his successor has been appointed. Ilagan has been without a Bishop since February 2017, when Bishop Joseph Amangi Ncua OFM stepped down for health reasons.
Born in Nagtupacan, Santo Domingo in 1963, Bishop Valencia attended philosophy classes at the San Pablo Seminary of Baguio City, and theology courses at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology in Vigan City. He was awarded a doctorate in theology by Catholic University of America and ordained on December 1, 1988.
Ilagan is a highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao, Phillippines. According to the 2015 census, Ilagan has a population of 342,618 people. It is one of the ten largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area.
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