SAN JOSE, Antique, August 22, 2011?Bishop Jose Salmorin Bontolo, the third Bishop of Masbate, was ordained to the episcopacy by Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo at St. Joseph Cathedral in the heart of this bustling capital town.
Concelebrating with Lagdameo was the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto and other archbishops and bishops from all over the Philippines.
Bantolo was vicar general of San Jose de Antique diocese prior to his appointment as bishop of Masbate.
The fifth among 14 children, Bantolo was born in November 12, 1960. His parents are former Mayor Honorio Bancaya Bantolo and Leonita Tuma-ob Salmorin. He studied at Guisijan Elementary School in Laua-an town and finished high school and college at St. Peter’s Seminary, this town.
Bantolo took his Theology at San Jose Seminary at Ateneo de Manila University and was ordained to the Diaconate by then Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin on August 3, 1985. Then San Jose de Antique Bishop Raul Q. Martirez ordained him to the priesthood at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Laua-an on April 21, 1986.
He acquired his M. A. In Educational Management from the Jesuit-run Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro city in 1991. He also has a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1998.
Bantolo also has a degree in Applied Theology from the University of Berkeley in California, U. S. A. from 2005-06.
He served as parish priest and chaplain to Filipino communities in Rome, Italy, Athens, Greece, New York and University of Berkeley in the United States of America and the various towns in Antique province. (Melo Acuna)