Fr. Jose Pamintuan
Fr. Jose Pamintuan, the first parish priest of newly created parish of Balic-balic, came home to the Philippines reluctantly on orders of the Archdiocese of Manila.
On August 5, 1924, while taking further studies in Rome, Fr. Pamintuan received a letter from Rev. Doctor Cesar M. Guerro of the Archdiocese of Manila instructing him to return to Manila due to dearth of priests. Even if he wanted to pursue further studies in Rome, he was forced to come back to the land of his birth.
Fr. Jose Maria Pamintuan was born December 6, 1896 in Angeles, Pampanga. His parents, Florentino Pamintuan and Mancia Landico were wealthy landlords who eventually immigrated to the United States. As a historical footnote, President Emilio Aguinaldo used the residence of Don Florentino Pamintuan as headquarters of the Philippine government during the Philippine-American war. Fr. Pamintuan studied at the Ateneo de Manila from June 1905 to March 1914.A few years later, after moving from one college to another, he entered St. Mary’s in February 7, 1918. However, an unexpected meeting with the Archibishop of Manila, during the latter’s visit to the seminary, paved the way for his return to serve his motherland. Fr. Pamintuan would graduate in 1923 with a degree in Philosophy from the Theological College in Washington. He was ordained May 26, 1923 at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Baltimore.
Perhaps, more significant in light of our question regarding the choice of the Holy Trinity as patron of Balic-balic, Fr. Pamintuan celebrated his first solemn high mass in the Holy Trinity Church of Washington, D.C. on May 27th, 1923. Upon his return to Manila in 1924, he was assigned to handle the parishes of Sampaloc and Tagaytay.
Can we offer the theory that the choice of the Holy Trinity as the patron of the new parish of Balic-balic came on the influence of Fr. Jose Pamintuan?