Most Rev. Honesto Flores Ongtioco, D.D.

Bishop Honesto Ongtioco was born on October 17, 1948 in San Fernando, Pampanga. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 1972 at the province's Cathedral of the Assumption. Also, in the same church, he was ordained a bishop on June 18, 1998. He was invested as honorary prelate in March 21, 1992. He was appointed second residential bishop of Balanga, Bataan, by St. Pope John Paul II on April 8, 1998. It was on June 28, 2003 that he was appointed as the first bishop of the newly-established Diocese of Cubao. He was canonically installed as Bishop of Cubao on August 28 of the same year.

He attended elementary at the St. Scholastica's Academy (1954-1958) and Don Bosco Academy (1958-1960). He studied high school still at Don Bosco Academy (1960-1964). He had his seminary training at San Jose Seminary in Quezon City (1964-1967). Later, he took up his philosophical studies at the Jesuits' Ateneo de Manila University in the same city (1967-1969) and proceeded to study theology at the Loyola School of Theology (1969-1973) in the same university compound.

He holds a masteral degree in Organization Development and Planning at the Southeast Asian Interdisciplinary Development Institute in Manila (1979-1983). He took up a renewal course on Liturgy and Spirituality at St. John's University in New York, United States (1984-1985). He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy (1987-1989).


During his pastoral ministry in Pampanga, he previously served as: spiritual director/professor at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary in San Fernando (1973-1974); parochial vicar of Holy Rosary Parish in Angeles City (1974-1975); acting parish priest of St. Catherine Parish in Porac (1975); acting director of St. Catherine Academy in Apalit (1975); parochial vicar of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Apalit (1975-1977); director of the Archdiocese of San Fernando and chancellor/procurator of Mother of Good Counsel Seminary (1977-1984; 1985-1987).


He had summer parish work in Staten Island, New York (1987-1991), and served as parochial vicar of St. Catherine Parish in the United States (1987-1992).

In Rome, Italy, he was assistant chaplain of Filipino migrant workers (1990); vice rector and econome of Pontificio Collegio Filipino (September 1992-1997); and appointed rector of the same institute in April 25, 1997.

He had several assignments with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) namely: Member of the Commission for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People, Pension Plan Committee, and Commission on Pontificio Collegio Filipino (1998-2003); Chairperson of the Pension Plan Committee (2003); and as the CBCP Treasurer (1998-present).