The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Museo ni Jesse Robredo and Saysay Bikol will conduct a webinar entitled “The Episcopacy of Bishop Francisco Gainza: Devotion, Education, and Secularization in the Diocese of Caceres. 1863-1879” on 30 July 2022, Saturday, at 4:30 PM.

Born in Calahorra, Spain more than two centuries ago, Bishop Gainza served the Diocese of Nueva Caceres (now Archdiocese of Caceres) from 1862 until his death. Three speakers have been invited to discuss aspects of Bishop Gainza’s episcopacy.

Mr. Javier Leonardo Rugeria from the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman, will discuss the Bishop’s role in the establishment of the Colegio de Sta. Isabel, now the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City.

Fr. Francis Tordilla, President of Saysay Bikol, will discuss Bishop Gainza’s devotion to Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia and his institutionalization of her traslacion every September.

Mr. Jethro Andrew Eli Calacday, who is currently working on a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, will discuss Bishop Gainza’s role in the secularization of parishes which was being advocated by Filipino-born priests such as Fr. Jose Burgos.

The webinar will be broadcast live through the Facebook pages of the NHCP Museo ni Jesse Robredo and Saysay Bikol. It is being organized in commemoration of his 143rd death anniversary on 31 July. It is also a contribution to the year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr. Burgos, Fr. Mariano Gomes and Fr. Jacinto Zamora who are collectively known as the GOMBURZA.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine historical heritage through research and publication, conservation, marking of historic sites and structures, and administration of national shrines and museums.