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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

The Founding Figure of APAC

Fr Miguel Manrique OSA

Based in the Philippines for most of the years between 1954 and 1982, Fr Miguel Manrique OSA spent most of the last year of his life establishing the procedure for the creation of the Augustinian Province of Cebu and for the restoration of the Order in India.

He had hardly recovered from sickness and weight loss when in 1982 he travelled from the Philippines to Spain for the Provincial Chapter, where he was elected a Provincial Counsellor and Vicar for Spain. He went to Zaragoza to install a new Prior, and suffered a sudden and massive heart attack

 Biographical data:

Born: 10th October 1925 at Bilbao, Spain.
Philosophy & Theology: Valladolid, Spain.
M.A. in Philosophy: Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

Religious/ministerial life:

Began novitiate: 15th September 1944
Simple Vows: 16th September 1945
Solemn Vows: 16th September 1948
Priestly Ordination: 2ndApril 1949

Appointments:

San Jose Parish, Bilbao, Spain – 1949
San Agustin College, Zaragoza, Spain – 1950
Augustinian College, Washington DC – 1951
Carroll High School, Washington D.C. – 1953
University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, Philippines – 1954
Colegio San Agustin, Bacolod City, Philippines – 1962
Provincial Residence, Madrid, Spain – 1970
San Agustin Convent, Intramuros, Manila – 1974
Provincial Residence, Madrid, Spain – 1982

 Offices:

Principal, University of San Agustin High School, Iloilo City, 1954-1961
Registrar, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, 1961-1962
Procurator, Colegio San Agustin, Bacolod City, 1967-1970
Provincial Counsellor, Madrid, 1970-1974
Regional Vicar, Manila, 1974-1982
Provincial Counsellor, Madrid, 1982

 Death:

30thJuly 1982 at Zaragoza, Spain.

Fr Eusebio Berdon O.S.A. is in 2012 once again the Provincial of the Augustinian Province of Cebu. Previously he was an Augustinian Assistant General for twelve years, and earlier again the founding Provincial of the Cebu Province for six years, and also the APAC President (1987-1990). He personally knew the late Fr Miguel Manrique.

 Fr Manrique appeared to me as a very intelligent and mild-mannered person, very dedicated to his responsibilities, approachable and attentive to the needs of his brothers. Having lived in the Philippines for a considerable number of years, he had experienced the lack of communication between the different circumscriptions of the Order found in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“When the proposal arose for the creation of an organization among the Augustinian entities in the said region, most probably he was influenced also by the existence of OALA, the organization of Augustinians in Latin America. He previously had direct contact with OALA when he was a member of the Provincial Council of the Province of the Philippines, based in Madrid, prior to his election as Vicar of the Vicariate of the Philippines.”

Fr. Manrique with  a former Philippine president

Fr Berdon continued, “No one can doubt the interest and dedication of Fr Manrique to APAC. With minimal assistance from his confreres in Manila, he undertook assiduously the “conscientization” process of APAC membership regarding the nature and relevance of this Conference to the region, through the drafting of the first APAC Statutes and the regular publication of APAC Bulletin. He was also an untiring correspondent with all the individuals involved with APAC, especially those holding positions of greater responsibility in the different APAC circumscriptions.”

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