Some years back, while on a visit to the Bishops’ Crypt at the Cathedral of Nueva Segovia (Vigan), my attention was caught by the tomb of a bishop which bore a title different from the common Dignissimo Obispo de Nueva Segovia (Most worthy Bishop of Nueva Segovia). All of the tombs of the crypt bore the aforementioned title except one which said: Obispo Titular de Capsa, Obispo Dimisionario de Lipa (Titular Bishop of Capsa, Resigned Bishop of Lipa). Unlike the other tombs, this one seemed to be forgotten, dusty with no traces of candles or flowers. From that encounter, I asked, “Why is a bishop from a faraway diocese interred in the Cathedral Crypt of Vigan? What is his relation to Ilocos?” These questions became the primordial point in the quest for the story of the man, Bishop Alfredo F. Verzosa. 
|The young and zealous bishop from Nueva Segovia.|
[And] then, it goes without saying that the choice for the second of the Diocese of Lipa must be another bishop no less than an outstanding youn and zealous pastor, no less intellectual, no less a teacher with a passion for training priests for the noble Church. If that were so, then there was a careful selection of the next bishop of Lipa. The choice, dearly beloved in Christ, fell on the young, brilliant, and zealous, and young priest from Vigan, Ilocos Sur whose parental lineage came from Vigan’s illusturous two families of the Verzosas and the Florentins.
|Then Archbishop Cardinal of Manila Gaudencio Rosales remembering "his bishop" on his first visit to the tomb of Bishop Verzosa, 27 June 2008.|
|The new tomb of the Servant of God Alfredo F. Versoza located at the side altar of Vigan Cathedral.|