Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 6 May 2015 the Holy Father appointed Rev. Valentin Cabbigat Dimoc, Director of the Social Action and Development Center, as Apostolic Vicar of Bontoc-Lagawe, in the Philippines, assigning him the titular see of Bapara.
Rev. Valentin Cabbigat Dimoc was born on February 14, 1969 in Lagawe, Ifugao. After primary school (1976-1982), he attended the Don Bosco High School (1982-1986) and Pre-College, St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Baguio City (1986-1987). In 1987 he entered the Major Seminary of San Pablo Seminary, Baguio City, where he began his studies in philosophy, and then continued with his theological studies at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan Ilocos Sur.
Before his priestly ordination he studied Social Development at the Asian Social Institute, in Manila. He was ordained a priest on 19 maggio 1998 for the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe.
Since ordination he has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles: 1998-2000: Rector of the Holy Rosary Mission, Kayan, Tadian, Mountain Province; since 2000: Director of the Social Action and Development Center of the Vicariate; 2006: Masters of Arts in Development Managment at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City; 2004-2007: Rector of the Holy Family Mission, Hapao, Hugduan, Ifugao; 2007-2010: Rector of the Saint Mary Magdalene Mission, Lagawe, Ifugao; since 2007: Director of the Kataguan Centre, Lagawe, Ifugao; 2010-2012: Rector of the Good Shepherd Mission, Hapid, Lamut, Ifugao; since 2013: Director of the Social Action and Development Center of the Vicariate. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 07/05/2015)