In a mostly mountainous land area of 1511.48 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Region V - Bicol.
In Virac diocese, the population is 234,386 (projected as of January, 2006). (The population of the whole country is 89.468.677).
Bicol/ Filipino/ English
The Diocese of Virac (Dioecesis Viracensis), a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres and formerly part of the Diocese of Legazpi in the province of Albay, was created a separate diocese by Pope Paul VI on May 27, 1974 by virtue of the Papal Bull "Divino Christi Mandato", and canonically erected on Aug. 27, 1974 with the Most Rev. Jose C. Sorra, DD as its first Bishop. The present Bishop-Ordinary, Bishop Manolo A. de los Santos, DD, was appointed on Aug. 12, 1994 to succeed Bishop Sorra, and ordained on Sept. 12, 1994 in Naga City by + Jose T. Cardinal Sanchez, DD, then Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy (Vatican) and a native of Catanduanes. He was installed as 2nd Bishop of Virac on Oct. 10, 1994 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Virac, Catanduanes by the Most Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, OP, DD, Metropolitan Archbishop of Caceres.
The territory is an Independent Civil Province comprising one Congressional District.
Land, sea and air travel
Parishes still need facilities that can withstand the tropical typhoons that regularly pass through the diocese
Mainly dependent on fishing and farming
Average literacy rate among the people
The people are naturally religious which highly colors the local culture