Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Traditional Calendar A.D. 2016

Our 2015 Traditional Calendar, bearing the theme Sense of the Sacred, came out very, very late.

[UPDATE. Price given below.]

That is not the case for 2016!

We now present the 2016 Traditional Liturgical Calendar, inscribed with the proper feasts of the Philippines. The theme is Faith and Faithfulness of the Philippine Islands. We will show why in the ensuing vignettes, taken from the Spanish version of the calendar. Click on them to enlarge.

The calendar prints on 21 × 27.9 paper, and opens to a 21 × 55.8 vertical format.

We will only print the standard English version of the calendar and only in this format.

As is shown above, the full calendar presents the liturgical feasts observed throughout the Philippines, according to the particular calendar of the archipelago. Due to layout constraints, and to avoid optically cluttering the calendar, we decided to include only the proper feasts of our archdioceses. All diocesan proper feasts, however, will be inscribed in the directorium. As in the previous calendar, we have not included the particular feasts of each and every barangay and municipality in the Philippines, which would require our calendar to assume encyclopaedic proportions. We included only those proper feasts in some places of notable character.

Information on holidays of obligation, external solemnities, fasting and abstinence are also available. A detailed description of the prevailing laws, with the concessions granted to the Philippines, are provided at the beginning, as well as notes in the calendar itself, where necessary.

For orders, please contact Sarah Ortiz at 0943.876.8733. You may also approach her on Sundays, before or after the 1.00 pm Traditional Latin Mass at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Brixton Hill, Quezon City.

For those outside Manila, and for other questions and enquiries, please send an email to, or send a message to

Price is PhP 125 per calendar. As communicated to us, there is a special discount for bulk orders (50 pieces or more).

Some of the pages of the draft of the calendar are available for browsing only here.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.


  1. I ordered several copies of this calendar and got them yesterday. The calendar is an amazing piece of work and could be very useful to our Sunday TLM celebrations here in Cebu.

    I'm wondering, though, how to interpret some entries properly. For instance, January 17 is the Second Sunday after Epiphany in the Universal Calendar, but the entry also indicates Holy Child of Cebu presumably for the entire country but Commemoration of Saint Anthony in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    My gut feeling tells me that we in Cebu ought to celebrate the Mass for the Holy Child of Cebu instead of the Mass for the Second Sunday after Epiphany. If so, what Mass Propers should be used? I looked in the Missale Romanum, but it doesn't seem to be there.

    1. The II Sunday after Epiphany is suppressed throughout the Philippines, reduced to a commemoration. That is why it is given next to the date, and its rank and colour are not given. On 17 January, the entire archipelago will be celebrating the feast of the Holy Child of Cebu (propers of the Most Holy Name of Jesus). In the Archdiocese of Manila, a commemoration will be added for Saint Anthony the Abbot. Saint Anthony is one of the minor patrons of the archdiocese of Manila, all of whom are ranked 2nd class.

      Another example would be 3 January, on which the External Solemnity of the Epiphany falls. In the normal calendar, this is the Most Holy Name of Jesus (a 2nd class feast). In the Philippines, owing to the peculiar transference of the Epiphany, and pursuant to a rescript from the PCED on 20 October 2008, we can celebrate the External Solemnity Epiphany on 3 January this year. The entry for the Most Holy Name without rank and colour does not mean that it is suppressed, but simply superseded by the External Solemnity which is of higher rank (1st class, the rank of the feast itself). However, this is not possible within the Archdiocese of Cebu itself. Since time immemorial, the traditional feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (titular of archdiocese) is ranked as a first class feast in the archdiocese. External solemnities cannot be celebrated on Sundays ranked 1st class.

      Other proper feasts for Cebu would be 27 January (traditional date of the Dedication of the Cathedral), 28 April (Saint Vitalis, principal patron of the city), 16 July (Our Lady of Guadalupe, declared patroness of the city), and 2 October (Holy Guardian Angels, titular of the cathedral). For 2 October, the External Solemnity of the Holy Rosary can be celebrated instead of the XX Sunday after Pentecost throughout the Philippines, EXCEPT in the Archdiocese of Cebu, where the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels takes precedence.