Like any other town in the province of Cebu, Tuburan is also a predominantly Catholic municipality. Most of the constituents in the municipality are practicing the Catholic Religion. The next biggest religious groups in the municipality include: the Iglesia ni Cristo, Evangelicals, the Jehovah’s Witness, and the Baptist. Few of the Tuburanons are practicing other Christian Faith.




In the Municipality of Tuburan, Tuburanons praise Patron Saint Anthony of Padua, a saint of good business, sailors, expectant mothers, the poor, lost souls, and even lost items. Tuburanons commemorate the feast of the Saint every 13th day of June.

It was in 1857, when a seed of catholic faith sprouted in the municipality through the birth of the parish of San Antonio de Padua, just six years after the municipality was founded. The newly established parish was spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Prospero Salazar. The Parish was profoundly damaged during the World War II. From its humble beginnings of having a parish church built on wood, lime and cornerstone, Post war rehabilitation transformed the church into its present structure.

Today, it is a landmark of faith among the Tuburanons. After one hundred and fifty-four (154) years of existence, the parish has been given Conferment as “The Archdiocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua” on January 31, 2007 by His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal During its conferment January 31, 2007 to January 31, 2008 was also declared as “A Special Year of Grace”.



Rev. Fr. Teogenes Herrera 1999 – 2004
Rev. Fr. HilarioNarciso 1991 – 1999
Rev. Fr. Aquino Padilla 1986 -1991
Rev. Fr. Eliseo Gamallo 1976 – 1986
Rev. Fr. SuetonioTinapay 1975 – 1976
Rev. Fr. Rodolfo Osorio 1965 – 1975
Rev. Fr. Isabelo Banzon 1948 – 1965
Rev. Fr. Esteban Montecillo 1928 – 1948
Rev. Fr. Angel Tabotabo 1922 – 1927
Rev. Fr. Francisco Salinas 1920 – 1922
Rev. Fr. Simon Borces 1914 – 1920
Rev. Fr. Mauricio Esmero 1861 – 1914
Rev. Fr. Prospero Salazar 1857 – 1861


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