Established on September 11, 1987, the San Isidro Labrador Parish is in Philand Drive, Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Barangay Pasong Tamo was originally under the Parish of San Roque of Caloocan. When the Franciscan and Carmelite Orders established their seminaries in the Tandang Sora area, the missionaries were able to provide regular church services to the residents of Barangay Pasong Tamo. Fr. Carmelo Paludetti, a missionary priest of the Order of Friars Minor built a small chapel along Tandang Sora Avenue where the masses and religious rites were held.
This place, being a barrio then within Caloocan town, was included in the Caloocan Parochial Jurisdiction. Thus, it became a sub-parish or a Chaplaincy of San Roque Parish. Since the area covered mostly an agricultural area, San Isidro Labrador was chosen as patron saint.
Afterwards, a Diocesan decree for changes effected the transfer of San Isidro Labrador Chapel from one parish to another. From San Roque Parish, it was transferred to St. Joseph Parish in Balintawak, then to Sta. Rita Parish in PhilAm West Avenue, and to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Project 6, Quezon City.
It was under the parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel that the movement to have an independent parish has been initiated by its Chaplain President Bro. Monching Monteverde through close coordination with the Parish Priest Msgr. Eugenio Robles and support of Msgr. Pedro Vicedo, a retired Parish Priest of San Roque Parish.
As the population grew, the Archdiocese of Manila finally gave in to the request and officially recognized San Isidro Labrador as an independent parish on Sept 11, 1987. Assigned as the first parish priest was Fr. Romeo Fedellaga, who was given the task of starting the physical construction of the main church that would accommodate almost 60,000 parishioners.
Since the chapel along Tandang Sora could not be enlarged, the Parish was moved to Philand Drive, which was donated by Mrs. Juanaria P. Eugenio. The construction of the bigger church then began. Two more parish priests came in before the new church was completed: Fr. Igmedio Cobbarubias and Fr. Albert A. Venus.
Fr. Albert left after nine years due to a new assignment in Las Pinas. Under his term, the solemn dedication of the Parish Church and consecration of the altar were held on May 7, 1997 officiated by no less than His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.
In 2000, Fr. Jose “Bong” S. Tupino III replaced Fr. Albert. During Fr. Bong’s 2 year stay, he brought the Eucharist closer to the surrounding communities by holding street masses and block rosaries, among others.
Three more parish priests came afterwards: Fr. Jose Peregrino “Rino” Tomas (2003-2007), Fr. Albert Delvo (2008-2013), and Fr. Noel B. Azupardo (2013-Present). It is noteworthy to mention that it was during Fr. Rino’s time that the Parish’s Hymn was composed and several church renovations. While many practical pastoral programs were implemented during Fr. Albet’s term, such as the Heart and Head Drive and feeding programs, among others. The approval of the Our lady of Fatima Chapel in Villa Corina that now holds regular Saturday masses is also another milestone during Fr. Albert’s time.
San Isidro Labrador Parish’s feast day is May 15.
Vicariate: San Isidro Labrador
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Christopher V. Santos
Preceding Pastor: Rev. Fr. Albert N. Delvo, Rev. Fr. Noel B. Azupardo
Date Established: September 11, 1987
Feast Day: May 15
Address: Philand Drive , Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora, 1107 Q.C.
Contact Number: 454.7460 (telefax)