The MOST REV. ERNESTO ANTOLIN SALGADO, DD
6TH ARCHBISHOP OF NUEVA SEGOVIA
The 6th Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, ERNESTO A. SALGADO, was born on November 22, 1936, in Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur to Ceferino Salgado and Teodora Antolin. The Archbishop has only one surviving brother, Rogelio, an architect married to Angelita Gagarin of Candon, Ilocos Sur.
He finished his primary schooling at the Sabuanan Elementary School and elementary education at the Sta. Lucia Institute. It was at the later where he received the inspiration from the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres to become a priest. He entered the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary in Vigan in the year 1950. After finishing his Philosophy subjects at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (now the Immaculate Conception School of Theology), he was sent by the late Archbishop Juan C. Sison to the University of Sto. Tomas Central Seminary where he finished his Licenciate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained priest on December 23, 1961.
His first priestly assignment was as a Junior Prefect of Discipline at the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, his Alma Mater. He became Senior Prefect of Discipline then Spiritual Director and finally Rector of the same seminary. Later, the Archbishop designated him co-pastor at St. Paul Cathedral Parish in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
In 1974, Archbishop Sison sent him to Rome and at the Gregorian University in 1978, he finished his Doctorate in Sacred Theology. Back in the Archdiocese, he was sent to the Immaculate Conception School of Theology to work with the Divine Word Fathers, who were then administering the Theologate. He taught Moral Theology and concurrently was Dean of Students and Vice Rector. Later, the Bishops of Northern Luzon appointed him the first diocesan priest RECTOR of the Theologate but his appointment as bishop overtook him and he never assumed the Rectorship of ICST.
He was ordained bishop on January 15, 1987 taking the motto, Pro Populo Consecratus (Consecrated for the people). On the same day, the Holy Father appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of the then Apostolic Vicariate of the Mt. Provinces. In December of that same year, he took over the Vicariate from the late Bishop Emiliano Madangeng.
In 1992, the Vicariate of Mt. Provinces was divided into three Vicariates– Baguio, Bontoc-Lagawe and Tabuk. Only the Vicariate of Baguio comprising the whole province of Benguet and the City of Baguio was left under his charge.
In the year 2001, the Holy Father appointed him the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Laoag. After a little over four years of service there, on February 12, 2005, Pope John Paul II appointed him 6th Archbishop of Nueva Segovia and was installed on May 31, 2005.