As of press time, Revs. Rodolfo Juan and Lito Tangonan are the newlyelected bishops, one more bishop
It was a joyous moment for the PCC when Bishop Warner Brown Jr. announced “we have an election” and read the results of the 7th balloting. After a tiring and expectant wait, Rev. Rodolfo Alfonso Juan was the first to be elected bishop. Rev. Lito Cabacungan Tangonan, the second to be voted for,
came in on the 11th balloting.
Juan, who started his campaign for the episcopacy eight years ago, was “excited and relieved”. Tangonan, on the other hand, felt “normal” when asked how he felt after being elected. Tangonan began his race for the episcopacy four years ago. Euphoria was in the air as Juan, 47, walked his way to the presidium, Bishop Daniel C. Arichea, Jr., escorting him. Bishop Brown extended his
congratulatory greetings and welcomed him to the Council of Bishops as he pinned onto Juan’s barong the symbol of the episcopal staff. Bishop Arichea also fetched Tangonan, 51, who went up the altar with his wife for the welcome from Bishop Brown. Rudy Juan was born in Baggao, Cagayan and is currently on special appointment as chaplain of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with base in
Fort Bonifacio. He is married to Lurleen Lapuz, an optometrist, and they have two children, Rudolph James, 14, and Pearl, 7 months old.
Lito Tangonan hails from San Mateo, Isabela. He serves as district superintendent of Quezon City District of the Philippines Annual Conference East. His wife is Jeanne Grace Domingo, Internal Auditor of Wesleyan University Philippines. They have one child, Kerussein Shalom, 18. Bishops-elect Juan and Tangonan will be consecrated before the regular session of the PCC ends. Their four-year term starts January 1, 2009.
(Short video interviews can be viewed at umcphilippines.org. A transcript of this question-and-answer
interview with Juan and Tangonan will be posted on umcphilippines.org and will be printed in The Filipino Methodist).