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Prelates named Jose on the rise
What's in a name? Jose is increasingly popularMonsignor Jose Bantolo is appointed bishop of Masbate by the pope Thursday
- Lourdes Abelardo, Manila
- June 21, 2011
The latest to join their ranks is Monsignor Jose Bantolo who was appointed bishop of Masbate last Thursday, although he has yet to be officially installed. His appointment brings the total up to 10 out ofÂ 96 active members of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), according to their 2010 directory.
The other bishops with the name Jose are: Jose Advincula of San Carlos, Negros Occidental; Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato; Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay, Bukidnon; Jose Romeo Lazo of Antique; Jose Manguiran of Dipolog; Jose Oliveros of Malolos, Bulacan; Jose Palma of Palo, Leyte; Jose Rojas of Libmanan, Camarines Sur; and Jose Corazon Tala-Oc of Romblon.
However, Bishops Oliveros and Bagaforo both say they were named after Saint Joseph, not Rizal.
â€śSaint Joseph is my patron saint, of course,â€ť says Oliveros.
Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church), contends that it is also possible the parents of Jose Rizal named him after Saint Joseph, as this was a common practice at the time.
Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz is keen for parents to continue naming their children after the saints.
â€śItâ€™s a good practice. For one thing itâ€™s a symbol that the child will be a devotee of a saint after whom he or she is named,â€ť he said. â€śBut if they prefer to give another name to their child thatâ€™s OK too.â€ť
He stressed that it is important is for parents to be discerning when choosing a name for their child.
â€śThe child will bear that name until the deathbed,â€ť he said. Â â€śIf the name is not only funny but also ridiculous, the poor child might be subjected to ridicule.â€ť