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MOST REV. Abel C. APIGO, D.D., was born on May 21, 1968 in Davao City as gracious to his parents, Genaro Apigo (deceased) and Porferia Cahiles. His siblings are Rizalino, Evangeline, Efren and Nancy.
Msgr. Abel’s childhood honed his special love for the eucharist as he served as altar boy in his home parish, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Calinan. The lovig presence and unceasing spport of his parents also probed crucial in determining his desire to become a priest.
His elementary education in 1975 until 1982 was spent in Lacson Elementary School, Calinan, while he also finished high school at Holy Cross of Calinan in 1981-1985. As preparatory course, Msgr. Abel earned his degree on AB Philosophy/English in 1985-1989 at St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, Davao City. His years in Theoogy were spent at St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao in 1989 until 1994. Likewise, he earned a Master’s degree on Arts in Religious Education at the Ateneo de Davao University. His graduate studies at the Pontifica Universuta Gregoriana in Rome also granted him Licentiate in Church History in 1997-2000
Msgr. Abel was ordained priest on April 18, 1994 by the late Achbishop Antonio lloren Mabutas in Davao City. His vigor and enthusiasm as a young priest brought him a various assignments when he started as parochial vicar of San Pedro Cathedral parish. He was eventually assigned aother task as director of the Davao Archdiocese Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA). Then, his appointment as Formator at the Seminary followed in 1996.
He taught Church History at the REMASE in 2000, but later on transferred at the Pre-Theology Year (PTY) and became its Coordinator from 2001-2002. He was eventually elected as REMASE vice Rector and dean of seminarians until 2006. He was then appointed Rector from 2006 up to the time of his election as Bishop for Mati.
In 2008, he was also appointed as Director-Curator of the Archdiocesen Church Cultural Heritage Commission (ACCHC). In December 15, 2009, Msgr. Abel was conferred with honorary titleof Papal Caplains and addressed as Monsignor along with six other memebers of the Davao Clergy during a ceremony presided over by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Edward Joseph Adams.