On April 25, 2018 The Episcopal Diocese of Santiago consecrated The Rev. Frenzel Ray Pandako Piluden as Bishop and installed him as the second Bishop of the Diocese, which was established in the year 2000 under the leadership of Bishop Alexander Wandag. Bishop Wandag retires this year, and the Diocese elected Rev. Piluden to succeed him in its most recent Diocesan convention.
Frenzel Ray Pandako Piluden was born on July 2, 1966 at Sagada Mt. Province but he grew up and spent his childhood in Mt. Data, Bauko, Mountain Province. His parents are Eduard Burgos Piluden from Patay, Sagada, and Beatrice Calingan Pandaco from Bagnen, Bauko. Frenzel is the sixth of seven siblings.
On 14th July, 1968, he was baptized by Rev. James Kollin at St. Mary in the Forest Episcopal Church in Mt. Data. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Baguio, Benguet Province, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in History. Later, he completed his M.Div. at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City.
He was admitted as a postulant in 1988, and was ordained as a Deacon on January 28, 1992. On May 26, 1993, he was ordained as a priest by the late Bishop Robert Longid, and on the same day was married to Norma Magalgalit Layag.
As a seminary graduate, he was assigned as an intern at Christ Episcopal Church in Paracelis, Mountain Province, and then to the newly-established preaching station of St. William’s, Botigue, Mt. Prov. where he has served ever since. He oversaw the development of St. William’s from preaching station to full-fledged parish, a status it attained in 2010. During that time, he also opened a new preaching station at Catubangan, which this year was accepted as St. James Mission of the Diocese.
One of his main accomplishments was the establishment and growth of St. William’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which has grown from a simple savings group to a multi-million peso lending coop over the past 20 years. In the Diocese of Santiago, he has served at different times on the Development Committee, Finance Committee, Commission on Ministry, Christian Education Committee, and most recently, as chair of the Standing Committee.
He and Norma have four children and one grandson, and make their residence at Paracelis, Mountain Province.
Six days later, in the Diocese of North Central Philippines, across the Cordillera range from Santiago, the Rev. Nestor Dagas Poltic, Sr. was consecrated and installed as the third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Central Philippines, following the election last year of the Rt. Rev. Joel Pachao as Prime Bishop of the ECP.
Nestor Dagas Poltic was born on October 27, 1967, and grew up in Cabilisan, Pudon, Kapangan, Benguet Province. He is the third of twelve children of the late Mario Balliw Poltic and Alicia Dagas Kuan Hen. He received his Bachelor of Theology from St. Andrews Theological Seminary in 1991, and his Master in Biblical Studies in 2009 from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Baguio City.
He began serving as a Graduate Intern at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Bugias, Benguet, and was ordained as a Deacon at St. Jude Episcopal Church, also in Bugias. He was ordained Priest and served St. Jude’s until 2006, when he was called as Rector of St. Philip Clustered Parish in Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet. He served as Rector and Dean of the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Baguio City from 2006 to 2010, and then was called as Rector of Holy Guardian Angels Parish in La Trinidad, where he served until his election as Bishop last April.
In addition to serving on a variety of Diocesan Committees and Commissions, he has been active in community and ecumenical ministry, serving as chair of the La Trinidad Ecumenical Council of Churches, and as religious sector representative to the La Trinidad Municipal Anti-Drug Council. He was formerly vice-chair of the Baguio-Benguet Ecumenical Group, and member of the Barangay Lubas Planning and Development Council (2008-2010). He was the secretary and chair of the Advocate for Christian Commitment and Empowerment for Social Services in Bugias (ACCESS-B) from 1993-2006. In the coop sector, he served as chair of the St. Philip Multipurpose Cooperative from 2006-2010, and also served as member and later convenor of the Board of Directors of the EDNCP Credit Cooperative.
He is married to Dr. Florence Manicaoa Valentin, who is currently the Director of the Health Services Unit of Benguet State University. They have three children.