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QUEVEDO Card. Orlando Beltran, O.M.I.

QUEVEDO Card. Orlando Beltran, O.M.I.

Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines), was born in Laoag, Philippines, on 11 March 1939. He carried out his classical studies at the "Notre Dame High School" in Marbel and studied philosophy in the minor seminary of San Jose, Quezon City.

He entered the novitiate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the United States  and was ordained a priest on 5 June 1964 in Washington, D.C.  He holds a MA in religious education and a BA in sacred theology and has also studied educational management. After his ordination he began serving in pastoral ministry and seminary formation.  He became the first Filipino president of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City.  In 1973 he was chosen as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines”.

He was appointed bishop of the then territorial prelature of Kidapawan on 23 July 1980, receiving episcopal consecration on 28 October. Upon the erection of the new diocese of Kidapawan on 15 November 1982, he became its first bishop.

He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Nueva Segovia on 22 March 1986.

On 30 May 1998 Blessed John Paul II appointed him archbishop of Cotabato, becoming the first Filipino archbishop of that archdiocese. He was archbishop of Cotabato until 6 November 2018.

He served as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 1999 to 2003, and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) from 2005 to 2011.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 22 February 2014, of the Title of Santa Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata (St. Mary Queen of the World at Torre Spaccata).