Mariano Dacanay

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Mariano Dacanay (b. November 26, 1862 - d. October 2, 1930) was a famous Ilocano priest and writer.

Early Life

Dacanay was born in Bacnotan, La Union on November 26, 1862. He learned to read and write at a young age from a private tutor then enrolled in a town school afterwards. He then studied at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception from 1876 to 1881.

Life as a clergy

On July 9, 1885, Dacanay was ordained priest by Archbishop Pedro Payo. He was made a deacon in 1888 and presbyter the following year at Sto. Domingo Church. He officiated his first mass in Vigan Cathedral in Ilocos Sur. He became a seminary professor from 1887 to 1890 and co-adjutor in Bangued, Abra. Two years after he transferred to Batac, Ilocos Norte, then to Agoo, La Union from 1893 to 1894 and Aringay, La Union from 1894 to 1896. He was imprisoned in September 1896 for suspicion of Masonic leanings and cooperation with the Katipunan but was found innocent and a year later was released from jail. He became Bacnotan's parish priest but was again imprisoned. After his release Dacanay was assigned again to parishes.

Literary writer

Dacanay was also a writer dwelling on religious theme and is considered one of the most important figures of Iloko religious literature.


In 1929, Dacanay suffered a stroke and died a year later.


  • Quirino, Carlos. Who's Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.



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