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Map of the Barangay of Tetuan

Tetuan is in District II of Zamboanga City, Philippines.

  • The LGU or Local Government Unit of Tetuan (Barangay Hall) is Located on Natividad Street across from The Saint Ignatius Parish Church of Tetuan. The Tetuan police department is also located in this building.
  • Barangay Hall Phone numbers: 992-5617 / 9930269
  • POLICE SUB-STATION - +63-62-991-0678
  • FIRE SUB-STATION - +63-62-991-9921
  • Land Area: 315 hectares
  • Bordered by Santa Maria and Camino Nuevo on the West Side by Vetarans Ave that runs north and south.
  • Bordered by Guiwan and Tugbungan on the South side by way of the Tumaga River.
  • Bordered by Talon-Talon to the East
  • Bordered by Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan to the South
Philippines News: August 30, 2019 -- Philippines upholds the religion of Islam : PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act (RA) 11439 that allows the establishment of Islamic banks in the country in an effort to create opportunities for greater financial inclusion, especially for the "underserved" Muslim population. (Again the Philippines puts the religion of Islam above all). .... More

98 Barangays of Zamboanga City within Region 9 - Mindanao in the Republic of The Philippines
Arena Blanco-D2 Ayala-D1 Baliwasan-D1 Baluno-D1 Boalan-D2 Bolong-D2 Buenavista-D2 Bunguiao-D2 Busay-D2 Cabaluay-D2 Cabatangan-D1 Cacao-D2 Calabasa-D2 Calarian-D1 Camino Nuevo-D1 Campo Islam-D1 Canelar-D1 Capisan-D1 Cawit-D1 Culianan-D2 Curuan-D2 Daap Dita-D2 Divisoria-D2 Dulian Bunguiao-D2 Dulian Pasonanca-D1 Guisao-D2 Guiwan-D2 Kasanyangan-D2 La Paz-D1 Labuan-D1 Lamisahan-D2 Landang Gua-D2 Landang Laum-D2 Lanzones-D2 Lapakan-D2 Latuan Curuan-D2 Licomo-D2 Limaong Limpapa-D1 Lubigan-D2 Lumayang-D2 Lumbangan-D2 Lunzuran-D2 Maasin-D1 Malagutay-D1 Mampang-D2 Manalipa-D2 Mangusu-D2 Manicahan-D2 Mariki-D1 Mercedes-D2 Muti-D2 Pamucutan-D1 Pangapuyan-D2 Panubigan-D2 Pasilmanta-D2 Pasobolong-D2 Pasonanca-D1 Patalon-D1 Putik-D2 Quiniput-D2 Recodo-D1 Rio Hondo-D1 Salaan-D2 San Jose Cawa-Cawa-D1 San Jose Gusu-D1 San Ramon-D1 San Roque-D1 Sangali-D2 Sibulao Curuan-D2 Sinubong-D1 Sinunuc-D1 Sta. Barbara-D1 Sta. Catalina-D2 Sta. Maria-D1 Sto. Niño-D1 Tagasilay-D2 Taguiti-D2 Talabaan-D2 Talisayan-D1 Talon-Talon-D2 Taluksangay-D2 Tetuan-D2 Tictapul-D2 Tigbalabag-D2 Tigtabon-D2 Tolosa-D2 Tugbungan-D2 Tulungatung-D1 Tumaga-D1 Tumalutab-D2 Tumitus-D2 Victoria-D2 Vitali-D2 Zambowood-D2 Zone I-D1 Zone II-D1 Zone III-D1 Zone IV-D1


Philippines, is the only country in the world which is 85% Catholic that created FIVE(5) national laws "favoring", "respecting" and "financing" the religion of ISLAM.
Then made it unlawful to finance all other religions.
The only country in the world that has a government commission that caters to Muslims only, for the hajj, for madrasas, and the spread of Islam at government's expense PAID by the taxes of Non-Muslims.


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When in Zamboanga Visit
Fort Pilar
Light a candle to your departed loved ones. Say a prayer. Ask them and the blessed Virgin Mary to help you in your quests.
Fort Pilar is the symbol of strength against bullies, oppression and Islamic invasion.
Muslims(Moros), Christians and other followers of religions are welcome to live in PEACE. Zamboanga City will fight against the Bangsamoro. We will not allow our city to be invaded or taken.

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The East Coast Main Hwy starts at the Sta. Cruz Market, Tetuan and the next Barangay is Guiwan
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The Saint Ignatius Parish Church of Tetuan
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A Barangay Clearance is NEEDED in order to get a Business License.
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Ask your Barangay Captain/Chairman to create a Resolution to make it mandatory to put the barangay name in all Business addresses.
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The interior view of St. Ignatius Church in Tetuan
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View of the Interior of St. Ignatius Church in the 1900
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History of Tetuan, Zamboanga City

En Zamboangueño Chavacano:

Cuando ya llega el mana Españoles aqui na barrio de Tetuan ta aparece que este como un lugar cerca na bucana de un rio. Aquel tiempo este lugar ta llama el mana nativos como "Lama-Lama" por causa aqui ta queda si Datu Lama.

Cuando el mana españoles ya mira con este lugar, ellos ya acorda el un sitio de Tetuan na Morocco, alla na España donde el mana moros ta esta. Entonces, ellos ya llama tambien este lugar como, Tetuan.

El mana Españoles ya hace el San Ignacio de Loyola, el Patron del Tetuan. Este segun ya segui con el nombre del Capitan del mana soldao mentao por su notable reputacion y valienterias o Corage.

Ancina si que modo ya puede saca este lugar el nombre de Tetuan. ZAMBOANGUEÑO CHAVACANO FOLK LITERATURE

by: ORLANDO B. CUARTOCRUZ, EA. D.

Traduccion/Translation:

This barrio was a river delta when the Spanish arrived here. at that time, the place was called "Lama-Lama" by the natives because here lived a Datu named Lama who was the head of the barrio.

Upon seeing this place, the Spaniards noticed that it resembled the Spanish town of Tetuan in Morocco where the moors lived, so they called this barrio Tetuan.

The Spaniards made Saint Ignatius of Loyola their Patron Saint. This was taken after the name of a Captain in the army who was noted for his sterling character and courage.

That's how Tetuan got it's name.

Kung Paano Nakuha ng Tetuan ang Kanyan Pangalan

Noong mahabang panahon ng siyamnapung taon, pinaalis sa Pilipinas ang mga paring Hesuwitas at pinayagan lamang silang bumalik dito noong 1859, kasabay ng pagbagsak ng Morocco sa kamay ng mga Kastila at ang mga pangyayari nang nakuha ang importateng puwerto at ang Siyudad ng Tetuan sa bayang iyon.

Ang mga Hesuwitas ay muling bumalik sa Zamboanga noong 1862 at sila ang namahala sa parokyang dating nasa pamamahala ng mga parokya ng baryo Lama-Lama na pinangalanan nilang muli ang mismong puwerto na Siyudad ng Tetuan, gaya sa Siyudad ng Morocco, isang lugar sa bandang hilaga ng Afrika.

Ang unang kura paroko ay isang paring Hesuwitas na si Pare Ramon Barua at ang kauna-unahang pagbibinyay sa ilalim ng kanyang pamamahala ay ginanap noong Enero 3, 1863 na siyang pasimula ng pagtatatag ng baryo Tetuan. Ang unang Sentenaryo ng baryo ng Tetuan ay pinagdiwang noong Enero 3, 1963.

People of Tetuan, Zamboanga City

  • Per 2007 Census:
    • Total Population: 29, 055
    • Number of Household: 5,705
      • The Philippine census is not accurate: Several small houses in squatter areas are not accounted for. The population of Tetuan is closer to 35,000 people.

Elected Government Officials of Tetuan, Zamboanga City

Elected Officials of Tetuan for the term of 2018 - 2020
  • Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Martin Waldo Mcvickers Atilano
  • Barangay Kagawads/Councilors:
  1. Martin Waldo Mcvickers Atilano - Sworn in as Barangay captain
  2. Sonyboy Cuevas Jalani
  3. Amado Lim Natividad Jr
  4. Neil Borja Mariano
  5. Marissa Enriquez Aizon
  6. Carlo Punzalan Azcarraga
  7. Roel Bernardo Natividad Sr
  • Sangguniang Kabataan (SK officials)
    • SK Chairman: ?
    • SK kagawad: 7 members - need their names
    1. Sam Bucoy

Elected Officials of Tetuan for the term of 2013-2016-18
  • Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Dalipe, John Mendoza
  • Barangay Kagawad Mariano, Richard Francisco
  • Barangay Kagawad Azcarraga, Carlo Punzalan
  • Barangay Kagawad Aizon, Marissa Enriquez
  • Barangay Kagawad Dondoyano, Abelardo Luna
  • Barangay Kagawad Natividad, Amado Jr. Lim
  • Barangay Kagawad Santiago, Valerio Apostol
  • Barangay Kagawad Jalani, Sonyboy Cuevas

Elected Officials of Tetuan for the term of 2010-2013

Tetuan Barangay Elected Officers for the term of 2007-2010
Punong Barangay: Felipe L. Natividad

Barangay Kagawad:

  1. Martin Waldo M. Atilano
  2. Daniel B. Marquez
  3. John M. Dalipe
  4. Abelardo L. Dondoyano
  5. Ranulfo A. Despalo Jr.
  6. Pedro Vicente A. Araneta III
  7. Leonardo S. Candil Jr.

Secretary: Joselito A. Montenegro

Treasurer: Noel A. Feliciano
SK Chairman: Champ M. Dalipe

SK Kagawad:

  1. Christian E. Olasiman
  2. Bea Rose E. Lloren
  3. Mary Antonette T. Torres
  4. Henry Jeran Covarubias
  5. Mark Sabiel L. Bucoy
  6. Mary Gail E. Aizon
  7. Kevin R. Jeminia

Barangay's power and authority

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This is the "Barangay Code of the Philippines".

The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress, not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.

When roads need to be built or any infrastructure within the barangay is needed, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and demand for it from the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Information is power. Be informed.

The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.

The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.

Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible.

  • BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
  • The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
  • The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
  • Imperial Manila does not exist anymore. Budgetary planning has been "DECENTRALIZED since 1991.".
  • DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. After the election they forget you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.

Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.

Businesses in Tetuan, Zamboanga City

  • We invite you to list your business located in Tetuan.
  • Give your business a good description. Add your address and contact number if available.
    • Resorts, restaurants, pension houses, or hotels are welcome to be listed here.
    • Bakery, Mechanical Shop, Bicycle Shop, Tailor shops can be listed here.
    • If you have a pharmacy or gas station, it can be listed here too.
    • Hardware stores, Agrivets, salon, spas, etc. are welcome to be listed.
  • We do not allow external links, If you have an external site for your business you may not link to it in Z-Wiki but you can point to it. e.g. list it like this: www.my??business.com - this tells the people of your website but it does not link to it.
Businesses in Tetuan

Tetuan, Zamboanga City supports Philippine Cycling

Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In

Your cycling activity can be posted here and it will be shown in all the Provincial, City, Municipal and Barangay pages. Your 2015 Cycling Race or Activity can be Posted here.

  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Tetuan, Zamboanga City, Philippines

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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Tetuan, Zamboanga City

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed in this community page. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information or pictures to (franklin_maletsky@yahoo.com) or via Facebook.


  • FILIPINOS WAKE UP! THE TAXES YOU PAID ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EXCLUSIVELY FINANCE THE RELIGION OF ISLAM.
    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.


  • Catholics:
    • St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish - (Founded: 1836)
      • Fr. Adrian Barcelo - Parish Priest
      • Fr. Michael Ufana - Parochial Vicar

Patron Saint of Tetuan

Patron Saint of Tetuan: St. Ignatius of Loyola

HE DIED NEARLY four hundred years ago, yet few men are as alive as he today. Since stone and metal could be shaped, men have sought permanence with structures to defeat time. St. Ignatius Loyola has a full share of buildings and statues to perpetuate his name, but his true memorial is that determined company of men who live as he lived, who today follow his unchanged discipline and high inspiration, preaching and teaching, living and dying for the glory of God and for the betterment of their fellows.

He was born at a time when corruption was ordinary among the secular clergy and not uncommon in the cloister, when heresy, along with vice, was threatening Rome itself. With some truth, if not with remedy, the rebellious monk of Wittenberg could shout his rude comparisons between Babylon and the Eternal City. Scandal and abuse seemed everywhere, but conditions breed their own antidote. Evil was met by virtue. It was as simple as that.

The heroes of the Counter-Reformation were on the march, gigantic in sanctity, sacrifice, and action. Ignatius was of this bright legion. He had the inspiration of his high destiny, but what alchemy produced the genius that left so permanent an imprint upon his own generation, and on his followers through the centuries? No special spiritual nurturing was his during childhood and adolescence. His family was Christian enough, no better nor worse than others of their rank, noble in status, strong in belief perhaps, pledged to the Cross by birth and by fierce vow, but often weak enough in actual practice. Don Beltran Yanez de Onez y Loyola gave his seventh son the name Inigo. Later on it was changed, after the name of the saintly Bishop of Antioch, to Ignatius. He was the youngest of a family of twelve or thirteen, and in addition to these brothers and sisters there were the bastards of the family to frolic with him in the courtyard of the castle at Loyola.

In a large family the choice of career is always a problem for the youngest son. There were undoubtedly long discussions on the subject by his elders. The Church seemed the easiest course, not only for Inigo but also for one of his brothers. The family had relatives and influential connections in high places. Rich benefices should not be too hard to obtain. So, at an early age, he was given the tonsure. But there it ended, for the lad had other ideas. The high chivalry of Spain was then in full flower. Columbus had splashed his anchors in the waters of the New World a year after the boy was born. All Spain echoed with tales of adventure and opportunity. There were princes to be served and courts to be attended. There were riches to be won and high-born ladies to be courted by him who wore a sword and had no fear to flash it for fashion or for whim, for passion or for gold. Thus the young nobleman thought, and apparently his guardians agreed, for off he went to serve his apprenticeship in the household of the major-domo of Queen Isabella. Barely able to read or write, he quickly grew adept with dagger and sword and in all the graces and tricks of the courtier. The excitement and chances of war, the pursuit of a comely miss, these were for him, who remembered the tonsure only when it became convenient to plead clerical immunity. This he did when he was arrested and charged before a civil magistrate. On a return visit to his birthplace there had been a celebration and then a nocturnal brawl. Apparently, with much wine, some blood was spilled. The precise nature of the crime is not known, but it was serious enough to cause the arrest of Inigo and also to involve his priest brother. The young cavalier claimed his immunity, but ample evidence was given that he had never worn the tonsure or donned a cassock. The case dragged on, and he seems to have evaded justice, for he was returned to the Royal Treasurer's service. But not for long. He was now old enough to take to the field.

We find him at twenty-four in the service of a kinsman, the Duke of Najera, a full-fledged soldier, eager in battle, enjoying life just as he wished it, dressed extravagantly, dreaming of romances and seeking them with ardor, brawling and dueling, ever jealous of his honor. "I saw Inigo with my eyes", said the Bishop of Salamanca, "pass a line of men in the street, one of whom unfortunately shoved him against the wall, and he took after him with drawn sword to the end of the street, and had he not been restrained, would have finished by committing murder."

France and Spain were at war. A Spanish citadel had been erected at Pamplona in Navarre, and behind its thick walls came the end to Inigo's dreams of martial glory. The French besieged the fortress. There was heavy fighting. A cannon ball felled Inigo, breaking one leg and wounding the other. The French overwhelmed the defenders, but so struck were they by Inigo's fierce bravery that in the chivalric manner of the age they imposed no penalty, only did him honor. A physician was appointed to attend his wounds and a litter was provided to carry him to his ancestral home.

His right leg set badly, and it was deemed necessary to break it again. It was a painful process, and he became grievously ill. The leg finally healed, but it was shorter than the other and terribly misshapen, a piece of bone protruding from below the knee. This was unbearable to him, for these were the days when curve of calf, the fashionable boot, were all important to a gallant. He called for the doctors and demanded that the bone be sawn off. They told him the agony of pain that would be his if he persisted, but persist he did and the bone was hacked. Then, in an effort to lengthen the limb, a clumsy device of weights was rigged to stretch it. So, in the interests of vanity, a long torture began, and so too commenced a miracle, the sustained miracle of St. Ignatius, the miracle that was to survive his grave, the miracle that was to breed a never-ending procession of saints and martyrs, the miracle that was to cradle the Society of Jesus.

To ease the ache and weariness of convalescence he called for books, stating a preference for chivalrous romances. But all that was available in the castle was a Life of Christ and some stories of the saints. He read, and he who was already judged a hero became deeply impressed with far greater deeds of heroism. Gradually it came to him, the high inspiration, the spiritual light that never was to dim, the true sense of right and wrong, the knowledge of the real goal to be achieved. He had a vision of our Lady with the Holy Child, and from then on "every unclean imagination seemed blotted out from his soul, and never again was there the least consent to any carnal thought."

At first he did not say much, but the change in Don Inigo was of course noticed by his family. There was murmur and conjecture, and one alarmed brother advised him not to make any rash or sudden move. But Inigo had already made his decision, even though he did not know where the course would lead him. As soon as he was able to leave the sickroom he departed for the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. To avoid family objections he pretended he was visiting his patron the Duke of Najera, and therefore he began the journey in the elaborate style and garb of his rank. It was not only the external signs of his late calling that remained unchanged. He fell in with a Moor. There was religious discussion, and while admitting the truth of the Virgin Birth, the Mohammedan expressed doubts as to Mary's chastity in her later years. Inigo flew into a rage, and his hand closed on the hilt of his dagger. The frightened Moor applied his spurs and galloped away on a side road. Here was test indeed for the new Inigo. Should he as a knight avenge the insult to the noblest of women with blood or should he act as Christ had taught? Sorely troubled, he thought to appeal to a higher, or lower, reason. Abandoning the reins, he let his steed take its own direction. If toward the Moor, then there would be a dead infidel and our Lady's honor avenged. But the animal turned toward Montserrat, and surely in heaven our Lady must have smiled, for Don Inigo had thus, helped by a mule, mounted the first rung of the ladder that led him to sanctity.

At Montserrat, under the guidance of a wise Benedictine, he made a long confession that was preceded by three days of rigorous self-scrutiny. His sword and dagger felt his grip for a last time when they were hung before our Lady's altar. There, on the eve of the feast of the Annunciation in 1522, he went to his knees and spent the entire night in vigil. He had dispossessed himself of his rich clothes and money, and now he wore the meanest of robes. After the night of prayer, he left Montserrat, and without any definite direction in mind, wandered across the countryside until he arrived at the little town of Manresa. Here he lingered and embarked upon a prodigious program of prayer and contemplation, austerity, and works of charity. When the harshness of his many penances caused his health to falter, the Dominicans gave him refuge. He appreciated the ordered life of the priory and in particular was glad to rise at night and assist at Matins, but he made no attempt to take the habit. His tortured conscience made him think he was unfit and unclean, nor did absolution seem to bring him peace. Remorse for his past sins sank him into an abyss of despair until he was almost driven to insanity. He discovered the Imitation of Christ and devoured it word by word, seeking by prayer to thrust his soul upward, to follow and join with his Master.

It was at this time that he began to make notes of his attempts at ascent toward God through prayer, and from these notes written by a man as yet with scanty education, came a little book called The Spiritual Exercises. A book not to be read but to be lived, it is the most important of its kind ever written, a guide to the achievement of closeness to God and absolute negation of self. With his genius for order and discipline, Inigo was able to put on paper, step by step, well-defined instructions and regulated meditations that would carry the exercitant from stage to stage in the control of his senses and the mystical conquest of his soul. The manual is as practical now as it was then and is surely one of the many elements which sustain the flame of immense vitality that characterizes the Society of Jesus.

Early in 1523 Inigo commenced his famous pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The journey was an ordeal of hardship and physical suffering, but it was also a spiritual feast for the pilgrim, who now, although but dimly, began to realize the direction of his vocation. In order for him to be of value to others, the deficiencies of his education would have to be corrected. No easy task was this for a man of his age and meagre schooling, but he undertook it with characteristic will and zeal. For eleven long years, living the life of pauper and beggar, he bent to books and listened to lectures, at the University of Alcala, at the University of Salamanca, and at Paris. His views on education, along with a life of prayer and penance, gradually gathered sympathizers who, owing to his gift for leadership, became followers. But the same unorthodox views also brought violent opposition of every kind. Inigo was ridiculed and harassed, beaten, and even imprisoned. With his fiery zeal for reform, he was suspected in many quarters of being a possible heretic, but Inigo thought only of truth and the means to preserve it.

The life became too hard for his first companions, but as he persisted on his way new admirers came to join the little band that veritably was the core of what might be called the shock troops of the Counter-Reformation. In these early days they adopted a common dress, followed the Exercises, studied hard, and accepted the many oppositions as mortifications to be sought and desired.

Inigo's first intention was to take his yet unnamed group to the Holy Land when their studies were completed. There, on the soil that Christ had trod, they would try to lead the perfect life, doing works of charity and converting the infidel. If circumstances, such as war, prevented them from going to Jerusalem, they would place their destiny in the hands of the Pope. On August 15, 1534, they made this intention a solemn vow, along with the vows of poverty and chastity. One of them, Peter Faber, was already a priest, and he celebrated this historic Mass, giving Holy Communion to Inigo, Francis Xavier, James Laynez, Alonso Salmeron, Nicolas Bobadilla, and Simon Rodriguez. Not long after, these dedicated pioneers were joined by Claude LeJay, Jean Codure, and Paschase Broet, who made similar high pledges.

The Society of Jesus was already in existence, even though yet without name and not formally inaugurated. It was an opportune moment for the little band. The Church was in desperate need of warriors to defend the Faith against the disorders and feuds that were following in the wake of Luther's revolt. The year that Inigo knelt before Peter Faber at Paris was the year that the enfeebled Pope Clement Vll died, leaving a woeful legacy to his successor, Paul III. Not only was the fabric of Christendom being rent in a spiritual sense, but there was the curse and sorrow of widespread war. Spain and France were in conflict, and Mohammedan buccaneers prowled the Mediterranean at will. Lateen-rigged craft, sails emblazoned with the crescent, cruised off the coast of Italy. The Turkish Sultan boasted that he would move his harem to Rome, and the wail of muezzins could be heard in Hungary and Austria. Factious princes were utilizing the ideas of Luther to unfetter themselves from a higher authority; Protestantism was engulfing Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries; England saw the birth of a national church which denied the supremacy of the Holy See. A whole crop of saints and martyrs gives luster to the story of the Counter-Reformation. Women and men rivalled each other in the great combat. The older orders were quick to show initiative and example in reform, and inspired warriors formed new orders. The pontificate of Paul III witnessed the inauguration of the Council of Trent, which gave the sturdy bulwark of clear definition to the preservation of the treasures of Faith and true reform.

The 3x-soldier could not have realized, as he knelt before Peter Faber, the illustrious role that he would play, the immense share that would be his in the titanic struggle that was taking place. Yet he was gradually moulding his followers into an organization that was ideally suited to combat the new doctrines and to correct the old abuses. These disciples of his were to be ascetics, but their work was to be in the world, not the cloister; they were to be teachers and preachers; they were to be trained scholars able to meet argument with better argument; they were to be true practitioners of poverty; they were to renounce all rank, temporal and ecclesiastical. And they were to live under the intense discipline which has always been their distinctive characteristic. The ex-soldier insisted on and founded that system of undeviating obedience which has been misunderstood by friend and foe alike, the indestructible species of obedience which from its inception has surrounded the name of Jesuit with hostility and suspicion, admiration and love.

The plan on which Inigo resolved, to lead his disciples to the Holy Land, was doomed to failure. After many reverses and slow travel by way of Spain and Bologna, he gathered his group in Venice only to find that transport was impossible because of the Turkish war. Rome was the alternative, and to Rome they eventually went. By this time they were priests, for permission had been given them to be ordained. In the second and third weeks of June, 1537, Inigo and six of his friends received minor orders and the subdiaconate and diaconate, and on the Feast of St. John the Baptist they were given the priesthood. But even though his hands had been consecrated, Inigo did not feel it was time for him to raise the chalice. A year and a half was to pass before he dared to approach the altar and celebrate the solemn Mystery.

In Rome the group met with the Pope's favor, but also incurred the slander and suspicion that has ever been the lot of the Society. It was about this time that they became known as the Company of Jesus, although as yet they were not an order, nor had they a recognized rule or tradition. In order to survive as an entity, it was resolved that they should seek permission to form a new order. There was much discussion, long scrutiny, and bitter opposition, but finally papal approval was given, and in the spring of 1541 the Society of Jesus became a fact. A new and powerful force had entered the Church, and elected to head it, without surprise but with considerable and sincere reluctance on his part, was Ignatius, who in Rome had assumed the name by which posterity knows him.

The spectacular progress and success of the Society from its beginning is a familiar chapter in history. Equally well known is the persecution and opposition it has had to endure through the centuries. Sovereigns and governments have exiled and banned it. A pope suppressed the order, but another pope revived it, and the miracle of St. Ignatius went on, and still continues. It is significant that, depending on the source of the comment, the very term "Jesuit" can be understood as a compliment or as a defamation.

Ignatius lived to see his followers penetrate the corners of the known world. They carried their work into palaces and hovels, marching along strange roads and invading foreign shores. Iron man though he was, he wept when Xavier died on an island off the China coast. After the foundation of the Society he never left Rome. His administrative genius was given tremendous scope, and a thousand projects occupied his agile mind. The Constitution of the Order was given form and the plans made to assure its permanence. The standards of discipline that had been set for the Society were never slackened for himself or anybody else. Always he set the example. Before his death he declared that, a single sign from the Pope, and he would willingly go off to the nearest galley, even though it be without sail or oars or food. "But where would be the prudence of this?" asked a noble friend. "Prudence, my lord, is the virtue of those who command, not those who obey", was the stern reply.

He was stricken with a fever in the hot summer of 1556, and the sickness proved fatal. He died as he lived, without ceremony, without ostentation. During the long hours of his last night he had been heard to murmur, "O God! O God! O God!" He was sixty-five years old. Catholic Europe mourned his passing. Princes and prelates jostled with the mob to touch his bier. Already he was venerated as a saint. No change came to the Society when his body had been carried to the tomb. This was his genius. The work went on.

The Society of Jesus was born when the fortunes of the Church were at a low ebb. Today an even graver crisis threatens not only Christendom but all peoples. As calamity looms, the sons of St. Ignatius make ready to take their share, and more, in attack and defense. Like combat-hardened troops, well-blooded in battle, they move to the enemy with efficiency and determination. Cast in the mould of their founder, they adhere to the life he patterned: teaching, preaching, converting men to God, upholding the natural law, fighting the evils of secularism, defending the Holy See, avoiding the purple, always bound to the lesson of the Exercises. The words of Christ, "Go teach all nations", are a command that is given strict obedience. They are everywhere and on all levels of society. Their number is only thirty thousand, but seldom have trained men been so strategically dispersed. They are in the jungles and on remote islands. They are in the great cities and distant villages. A Jesuit hall is at Oxford, and in Washington they explain to aspiring diplomatists the intricacies of their trade. The famed Gregorian University of Rome is theirs, so too is the Pontifical Bible Institute, the Collegio Pio Latino Americano, the Brazilian College, the Maronite College, and the Russian College. And so too are scores of kindergartens in dusty Hindu villages. Empty horizons of the Southern Seas are pierced by the thrust of a solitary schooner's masts, a Jesuit at the helm, bringing spiritual and material succor to lonely charges. Another of his comrades tramps the frozen wastes of the Arctic bearing comfort to the distant igloos. Chosen men work in laboratories and observatories and libraries. They control a hundred institutions of higher learning around the world, and they are the proprietors of lesser academies, seminaries, missions, and asylums of all kinds.

Ignatian ideals, Ignatian obedience, and Ignatian energy continue to breed the type of martyrdom that is so gloriously manifested throughout the Society's heroic story. While Jesuits die in the godless countries, others calmly prepare to cross the same forbidden frontiers. Few men are strong enough to thrust their will beyond the grave. Ignatius had this strength. The miracle that began at Loyola, the grace that was given at Manresa, did more than make one man into a saint. It made one man into many men, all with the same goal of service and sanctity, all part of the never-ending crusade, all fiercely devoted to imitating the ideal, all dedicated to finding and following the divine will.

When the Mexican martyr, Father Pro, faced the leveled rifles of the firing squad, arms outstretched, eyes upraised, he gave voice to that cry which is a continual echo in the hearts of his brethren of the Society. His farewell to this world and his greeting to the next was the brave salute, "Hail, Christ the King!"

By: John Farrow

From Saints for Now, edited by Clare Boothe Luce (San Francisco, Ignatius, 1993).

Copyright © 1996 Catholic Information Network (CIN) - July 26, 1996

Tetuan - The building of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church

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At the outset let it be understood that by Church is meant not only for physical structure, but also or more substantially, the community of worshippers within the geographical boundaries of the St. Ignatius Parish. The Parish used to include other barangays like Talon-Talon, Mampang, Tugbungan, Guiwan, Putik, Lumbangan, Lunzuran, Lumayang, and Divisoria. With the creation of new parishes of Talon-Talon, Tugbungan, Putik, Guiwan, St. Ignatius is now only the entire barangay of Tetuan wihich is still the biggest of 98 barangays in the City of Zamboanga and with a population of more than 25,000 – bigger than some municipalities in the neighboring provinces of Zamboanga de Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.

Records shows that at the start, there was a small chapel constructed on a lot. Owned by Don Balbino Natividad, a permanent resident of Tetuan. (The Natividad is one of the biggest clans in the Parish spread throughout the city up to the hinterlands and reputed to be large property owners. Members held various positions in the government and parishes. At least one became a Jesuit priest). In January of 1863, apparently having reached the required number of Catholic would be parishioners and with the availability of the would-be parish priest, the St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish was created with a Jesuit, Rev. Fr. Ramon Barua, SJ as its first Parish Priest. Recently, the street fronting the Church grounds, stretching from the diocesan seminary along Don Alfaro Street to Don Toribio Street was renamed Fr. Ramon Barua, SJ Street, in, lieu of Padre Jose Burgos, a Filipino priest and patriot who might have never served in Mindanao in his entire priesthood. It was a legislative act with which Padre Burgos himself might not find fault since his fellow priest although a Jesuit and a Spaniard, was serving well the Filipino faithful even during those turbulent revolutionary days in the country.

A bigger lot was acquired later and a bigger Church was built and this is the same site where the longest and widest renovated St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church is about to be completed. The new Immaculate Conception Cathedral may be the tallest Church in the country, but it is not as spacious as the new Tetuan Parish Church. It suits well the parish, being the biggest barangay in this highly urbanized City of Zamboanga.

The name St. Ignatius of Loyola it is very significant not only because the faithful followers of the soldier-saint were ministering to the needs of the Church in Mindanao at the time, but also because for the next 90 years – from 1863-1953 – only Jesuits served as Parish Priest in this parish.

There is no truth to the rumor that Jesuit-trained or Atenean Tetuanos would someday petition the Archbishop to appoint only Jesuit or Jesuit-trained as their parish priest to keep the Ignatian fervor burning. It is significant to note though that prominent Tetuanos continue to send their sons and daughters to the Jesuit Ateneo de Zamboanga – their very own Alma Mater. Understandably, there is always a Jesuit available for mass in the Parish even on Sundays or on days when the diocesan priests are on retreat.

Among the 34 Jesuits who served in the first 90 years of St. Ignatius of Loyola, one of them – Luis del Rosario – served for two terms as Parish Priest in 1936 when Zamboanga became a chartered City (which was first a merging of Tetuan Municipality and Zamboanga Municipality and during the Japanese occupation of the city, 1941-1942). Fr. Luis del Rosario became the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga after liberation until the early years of Martial Law when he retired to the Jesuit Community.

At the end of the Spanish regime in 1898, a layman, Don Adriano Rodriguez, another prominent Tetuano, temporarily took care of the Church. In the absence of a priest and in lieu of the mass, the parishioners resorted to praying the rosary until 1900 when the Americans came and the Jesuits returned to the parish. Surprisingly, the Jesuits remained Spaniards or Filipinos. One Jesuit, who might have been an American who served after World War II, was named Andrew with a surname that sounds Italian – Cirvini – who must have taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga where a hall is named after him.

The Spanish Claretians took over the parish from the Jesuits in 1953. They continued for 8 years more until the parish was secularized with the appointment of Rev. Fr. Cesar V. Garces, a volunteer diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Palo, where the new Archbishop Most Rev. Lino Gonzaga came from. Another Garces, Peter V. Garces also a diocesan priest from Zamboanga del Sur, with no clear relations to the early Garces but long serving in the City, served as parish priest from 1979-1982. Two more volunteers from Leyte, Rev. Fr. Crisanto dela Cruz and Fr. Abraham Alonzo, served as parish priest from 1982-1986 and 1986-1990 respectively, with Fr. Cris coming back from 1990-1994.

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Meanwhile, with the celebration in 1982 of the 100 years of the foundation of the Fraternal Order of the Knights of Columbus in the United States, it was marked in St. Ignatius Parish with the formation of the first Knight of Columbus Council outside the Immaculate Conception Parish – the Centennial Council no. 8086 – so first Chaplain. Within the last ten years also there were other developments further strengthening the spiritual efforts of the Church with the continuous operation of the Pastor Bonus Seminary, the establishment of the religious houses of the Daughters of St. Paul, the Spinola Sisters, Bendictine Sisters and the Medical Mission Sisters. Lay Ministers and Lectors were organized and they also visit the sick in the two hospitals in the parish at the Zamboanga Doctors Hospital and the Western Mindanao Medical Center. Catechists serve the public school. With the opening of a private high school and a public high school, the catechetical apostolate is bound to expand and to need more cathechists.

The Catholic Faith Defenders, Charismatic Group, Bukas Loob sa Diyos, Couple for Christ and the Neo Catechumenate were added to the existing list of religious organizations such as the Christian Family Movement, Legion of Mary, Barangay Sang Birhen and St. Ignatius Youth Organization and the Catholic Women’s Group and the Blessed Sacrament Adorers. Twice the parish participated in a Pastoral Planning Conference for an assessment of the parish and planning of the Pastoral care of the parish – in union with other parishes on the Diocesan Level.

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The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

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We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.

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