Newsletter of the District of Asia

 July-August 1999

02 February 1924 – 29 August 1997
Requiescat In Pace

In commemoration of the second death anniversary of Rev. Fr. Manuel Piñon this coming August 29, we present here a short article about his life and his chief works.

REV. FR. MANUEL PIÑON, OP was born in Sulu, Philippines, on February 2, 1924, the feast of the Purification of Our Lady.

He entered the Dominican Order on July 1, 1939 and pursued his studies of Philosophy and Theology at the “Studium Generale” of St. Albert Priory in Hongkong. He obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy at the “Angelicum” in Rome (where he also was a professor in the Lateran University). He became the dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, a university run by the Dominicans, in Manila, Philippines.

He authored many books and was known for his works about Philosophy and Theology such as:

  -Fundamental Logic
-Being and Reality -Psychological Freedom
-Predestination and Salvation
-Religion and Religions



He also published small brochures, among which are the following:

  -Fundamentalism (on Protestantism)
-The Phantom of Martin Luther Speaks (on the New Mass)
-A Sledgehammer in the Catholic Church (also on the New Mass)



Father Piñon saw the disaster brought by the New Mass and in the 1980’s, he started celebrating again the Traditional Mass. He celebrated the Tridentine Mass publicly every Sunday at the Sto. Domingo Convent in Quezon City. The assistance at this Mass did not cease growing and was attended all in all by about a thousand faithful.

Unfortunately, Cardinal Sin intervened and suppressed this Mass. However, this did not shake the convictions of Fr. Piñon who publicly supported the Society of Saint Pius X when it was established here in the Philippines in 1992. From then on, he instructed every faithful he had known to go to the Masses celebrated by the priests of the Society with whom he was in close relation.

After a long struggle, he died of cancer and met his Creator on August 29, 1997.


Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in Pace.

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