Monday, February 18, 2008

Villasis Church

In its beginnings Villasis was a “visita”of Malasiqui. Upon the petition of Fr. Fernando de Santa Maria then assigned in Malasiqui together with the Principals of the town, the license to form Pandoyocan into a town was granted by acting Governor General Miguel Ezpeleta, bishop of Cebu, on October 18, 1759

In 1763, the Dominicans accepted Pandoyocan as a vicariate and assigned Fr. Manuel de San Jose as its first pastor. In 1769, Pandoyocan was entrusted to the Vicar of Asingan.

In 1807, the name Villasis (an ancestrat name of his predecessor Gov. General Antonio Urbiztondo Y. Villasis) replaced its primitive name. The Dominican Provincial Chapter accepted the new town of Villasis as a vicariate in 1841.

The construction of the old church of Villasis was begun by Fr. Joaquin Palacios.

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