A new Catholic parish was canonically erected last October in the town of Calabanga by the Archdiocese of Caceres.
The parish of St. Peregrine of Laziosi with its seat at barangay Sto. Domingo, is the 79th of the archdiocese. The new church is under the vicariate of Our Lady of La Porteria. Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legazpi, OP, DD, himself installed Fr. Joseph Collada Olin as the first parish priest during the mass held at the Union elementary school last October 18th.
Todate, there are now six parishes in Calabanga ministering to the spiritual needs of the estimated 66,000 people (Catholics compose 90% of the 73,333 populace) of the town, which include (another new) parish in Binanuaanan Pequeno under the titular patron of the Black Nazarene and its first priest Fr. Rex Palaya; the parish of Holy Cross in Manguiring; the parish of Immaculate Concepcion in Quipayo; the parish of Divine Mercy in Paolbo; and the Vicariate and parish of our Lady of Porteria.
The parish of St. Peregrine covers the rural barangays of Sto. Domingo, San Bernardino, Dominorog, Balatasan, Punta Tarawal, Balongay, San Lucas, Pagao (from the municipality of Bombon), and Carigsa (from the municipality of Magarao) with a total population of 8,956. These villages used to be part of by the parish of the Immaculate Concepcion.Immaculate Concepcion now covers only the villages of San Antonio (Quipayo), La Purisima, Sto. Nino, Sta. Cruz (Quipayo), Bigaas, Fabrica, Pagatpat, Sta Cruz (Quipayo), Tawang, Sta. Elena, and Sto. Domingo Poro. Reduced population of the parish stands at 8,350.(Note: Originally posted on Cbanga360 on Facebook.)