As I had introduced in my first blog, here is my autobiography.
I was born in 1973 in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. I turned 46 years old last August 5, 2019. I am married and with two children, boys.
I come from a poor but very religious family so that I have been a church-person since birth.
My father is Francisco Pacheco Ablon who is a carpenter and a Lay Minister since I was a child until he died at the age 78 on October 26, 2010, eight days after my consecration as a bishop which he did not witness for being sick. My mother is Conchita Nercua Ablon who is our barangay’s leader of Bp. Diel founded 63rd and Mothers’ Devotional Organization to Jesus, the Nazarene. She was a market vendor. She died on February 7, 2015 at age 80. I have two sisters and three brothers. All of us are now having our each family. Everybody in the family is actively involved in the church in various ways and also in the society where we are exposed to and involved with.
My younger years:
I spent my elementary years in our barangay and in Barangay Gusa, adjacent to our barangay. While still very young and in the elementary I always go to church with my family, my mother always sends me to the church Sunday school class. I am also one of the good attendees of the Flores de Mayo or Vacation Church School every month of May. I also joined the Santa Cruzan celebration that, in one time, made me the youngest bishop at the age of eight as the Bishop of Constantinople the partner of Reyna Elena.
While in this age, my mom always took me with her in the market to help her selling anything that would help my father’s earning for a living. I was usually with my mom before the sunrise so I can still go to school. After the class dismissal in the afternoon and after doing my assignments, I went again to the market and be at the house with my mom before dinner at six in the evening. If I do not do this I will not see my mom daily because she left early morning and back in the house at night. When not in Cogon market, my mom would cook some foods, and I was the one selling them to our neighbors.
My teenage years:
I finished my high school in two schools. First in the provincial high school, but I was only able to finished my first year and I stopped for one year because of financial constraints. My eldest sister and brother were both in the college so I had to stop my way to school temporarily. Luckily, I was hired to serve as a messenger/janitor of a law office that was then serving also as the legal counsel of the diocese. I then got the opportunity to go back to school but this time in the City High School Evening Department, working in the day and student in the evening. I finished my high school in 1992 garnering the honor of being the Class Salutatorian.
It was during my high school days that I had the privilege of becoming as one of the few junior evangelist commissioned by the then Diocesan Bishop, the late Camilo Diel, Sr. It was during this time and this experience as a church leader and worker that my desire to become a priest is developed.
My entry to college was not easy because my income in the law office is not enough to defray expenses for the tuition so I had to stop working in that law office to find other means of support. During the summer of 1992, I tried being a passenger motorela (CDO version of a tricycle) driver to earn for my enrolment. Luckily again, our barangay captain hired me as barangay secretary with a pay that is enough for my tuition and allowed me an office-hours of only until 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon so I could go to my college class.
During this time, I was serving as the parish youth president which together with my Parish Priest, the Fr. Billy Valle conceptualized and implemented the first parochial summer youth camp designed to be a venue of re-echoing of what lesson we got from the Diocesan Summer Youth Camp. This task in the church is, I am sure, the reason that even if I was already in the barangay with good acquaintances with other local politicians, my desire to be a priest was still burning. At the summer of 1995 during a Diocesan Summer youth camp I took the entrance examinations for St. Paul’s Theological Seminary which I passed and got the highest score that made me the recipient of the Bp. Juan Quijano Theological Scholarship Foundation. This foundation was ran by Mr. Quintin dela Torre, the father of the Rev’d Dwight dela Q. Torre, currently the Senior Chaplain for Filipino migrants in Hong Kong.
My priesthood and ordained life:
My seminary life was colorful. In June of 1995, I was enrolled at St. Paul’s Theological Seminary in La Paz, Iloilo City. When I was in first year, I was elected as the secretary of the Student Body organization. I was elected as chairman of the same when I was still in the second year. They said that it was the first in the history of the seminary that the chairman was not from the senior class. During my incumbency as the chairman, we have had written the rules and regulations that govern the seminarians. It was a breakthrough on our part because for many years in the past the ruling that governs the seminarians is according to the words that come from the mouths of the senior seminarians. This achievement is a product of our desire to effect changes for the better. We also initiated the first seminary newsletter called The Epistle. Our batch also has the first woman graduate – The Revd Rosemary Labis – Espinosa. We also had the first seminary ring as we graduated. I graduated with pride as the Academic Awardee of our batch which also made me received the NPO award (National Priest Organization) in March of 1998.
After our graduation and before my ordination; the bishop assigned me as parish administrator in Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on May of 1998.
Together with my four classmates in the diocese, Gregorio Ellovido, Rolly James Miso, Richard Atillo, & Paquito Galpo (no longer in the IFI), we were ordained by Bp. Camilo Diel and Aquilino Butawan on October 18, 1998. A year later, in October 18, 1999 the five of us were ordained to the priesthood by Bp. Profirio dela Cruz.
After my ordination to priesthood, Bp. Per dela Cruz appointed me as the Diocesan Program and Development Officer thus forcing me to leave Dicklum Parish in January of 2000 my appointment took effect. In May of 2002, Bp. Bert Calang appointed me as the parish priest of Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Other Positions held in the church are, Regional Governor of the National Priest Organization Region 8, 2002 – 2008; Secretary of Council of Priests, 2005 – 2008; Vice-Governor General of the National Priest Organization and Vice President of the Council of Priests, 2008 – 2011. Member of the Diocesan Council and Chairman of the and the Stewardship Committee; 2007 – 2009; Chairman of the Diocesan Centralization Committee, 2003 up to the present. Member of the Executive Commission, 2008 – 2011.
My priesthood also brought me to active participation and involvement in the ecumenical bodies and interfaith movements and other groups in the social concerns arena; such as the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR), Kapatirang Simbahan para sa Bayan (KASIMBAYAN), Muslim-Christian Dialogue and alliances, Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights (KARAPATAN) and several others.
On October 18, 2010, I was ordained and enthroned as the first Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Pagadian City. This diocese then comprises the cities of Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian, Zamboanga in the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibuguey. This diocese gave birth to the Diocese of Tubod in the province of Lanao del Norte. Thus, the Diocese of Pagadian now left with the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibuguey as her territorial ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
Obviously, I am a Lukan and adherent to the social Gospel. My dates of ordinations speak of it as I had my three ordinations in October 18, the feast day of St. Luke, the Evangelist.
I am always guided by the dictum, ‘Love God, Serve the People constantly’ inspired by the Gospels, Luke 4: 18-21; Matthew 25:31-46; and John 21:15-17. ###