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Rufino Jiao Santos (August 26, 1908–September 3, 1973) was a Filipino priest of the Roman Catholic Church. He is known as the first Filipino Cardinal.

Early life

Rufino Santos was born in Guagua, Pampanga. Santos studied at San Carlos Seminary from 1921 to 1927. He also studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.


Santos became a priest in 1931. He was ordained at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.


Santos became a bishop in 1947. He was made archbishop of Manila on March 25, 1953.

Repairs and renovation of Manila Cathedral were completed in 1958.


Pope John XXIII made Santos a cardinal on March 28, 1960.

In 1970, Cardinal Santos was host for Pope Paul VI when he visited the Philippines.

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