For some urban dwellers, a trip to Siayan is like a trip to the end of the world. But Shangrila, which symbolizes paradise, is usually depicted to be a remote place. So, for others a visit to Siayan is taking a glimpse or a foretaste of the Shangrila.

            Certainly, the faithful of Siayan have their own Shangrila—making the reign of God real in their midst. That’s experiencing heaven on earth. So they pray and practice devotions.  But they go beyond them. They have come up with parochial formation programs intended for their total human development. They have also organized themselves not only traditionally but also through income-generating cooperatives. But the church has to constantly remind them that cooperatives easily fall apart if they have not become communities first with faith in God as the basis of their unity. They are organizing themselves not primarily for economic reason they are the church.

            So, Fr. Raule Cadungog, the present pastor, has a lot to do for the good of his flock. To do this is following the footsteps of those ahead of him in managing the parish since the parochial erection in 1982: Fr. Bonifacio Alcantara, Fr. Rodrigo Zafra, Fr. Edwin Saldon, Fr. Nonoy Jumalon, Fr. Wilson Lagare and Fr. Allan Caermare.

            The flock in Siayan can surely rely on the help of their patron, St. Isidore, as they work together to make the “Shangrila” in Jesus Christ true in their place.



            A fishing community backed by agricultural lands, hills and mountains. The folks are simple but noble hearts. This is the parish of Sto. Niño in Siari, Sindangan, which was created on May 20, 1980. So young and simple is the parish that is still loosely organized and the people have started to rebuild their small chapel into a church befitting a parish only a few years ago.  But the church is not wanting in her parochial vision. After assuming stewardship of the parish from their predecessors, Fr. Jesosimo Orosco, Fr. Faron Calumba and Fr. Elmer Jamarolin, the young Turks, Fr. Octavio Bartiana and Fr. Albert Bael were able to assist their flock, one after the other, in verbalizing what the people wanted for their church the building of basic ecclesial communities. Since then, many priests have come to serve the humble parish one at a time. They were: Fr. Artemio Deo, Fr. Victorino Belandal, Fr. Edwin Ticon, and Fr. Tortillano Doller. The present pastor of the parish is Rev. Fr. Melchor Cabilin.


            Leon Postigo is the new name of Bacungan.  It was established as a parish in 1980. From humble beginnings, it is now showing richness in life lived in faith. Through the leadership of Rev. Fr. Felomino Cuaton, continues to sail on with pride through the enrichment of Basic Ecclesial Communities. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish has been fortunate to be spared from the constant change of parish priest. It can be paralyzing. Only six preceded Fr. Lumen. They were Fr. Levi Gacrcia and Fr. Bonifacio Alcantara, Fr. Octavio Bartiana, Fr. Edwin Saldon, Fr. Tortillano Doller and Fr. Esquirion A. Santisas

            The church being constructed is not only the building. The formation of the people into communities is also taking place. They are organized both into the traditional mandated organizations and basic ecclesial communities. In-service and seminars are held to develop the laity, to inculcate prayer values to families and the youth, and to make the sacraments and Bible meaningful to the people. As a service to the Subanens, the Tribal Filipino. Apostolate is given emphasis. These are pursued in order to realize the parochial thrust. “Ang pagpadayon sa pagmugna ug pagpalig-on sa BEC-GKS sulod sa parokya aron motunhay ang diwa sa pagkinabuhi sa kinatibuk-an diha ni Hesukristo”.



            For centuries, Sindangan used to be merely of Dapitan parish since 1645 and then of Katipunan parish since 1876. Finally, it became independent as parish in 1936. Fr. Nicasio Patangan was its first pastor. Among those who succeeded him in the following years were Fr. Antonio Hamak, Fr. Pio Saavedra, Fr. Calixto Yamba, Fr. Epifanio Baleares, Fr. Hector del Callar, Fr. Engracio Rivera, Fr. Primitivo Vidallo, Fr. Edito Gamallo, Fr. Martiniano Bangcoy, Fr. Bienvenido Hamoy, Fr. Jesusimo Orosco, Fr. Felino Ragonton, Fr. Luis Lapinid, and Fr. Oswaldo Bacareza, Msgr. Alfredo Ganason, Fr. Wilson Cadano, Msgr. Esteban Gaudicos, Fr. Jeffrey Tagailo, Fr. Cristopher Varquez and Msgr. Beda Belotindos.

            Traditionally, the parish gets its support from its mandated organizations. But it is progressive in its orientation. Formation of lay leaders, ministers and catechists as well as the constant renewal of the charismatic groups and other religious organizations goes on. Apostolate geared towards the enhancement of family life and the youth continue. The Diocesan Health Program is also implemented. Importance is also given to the Tribal Filipinos, considering the presence of the Subanens in the area. All these tasks are pursued in view of the parochial goal to establish basic ecclesial communities. With the guidance of its patron, St. Joseph the Worker, and the pastor, Msgr. Beda Belotindos, the dream is indeed becoming a reality.