A native of Negros Oriental, Gordoncillo was ordained a priest in 1961 and a bishop in 1974 at the Dumaguete Cathedral.
He was appointed Auxiliary bishop of Dumaguete in 1974 until 1976 and bishop of Tagbilaran from 1976 until 1986.
In 1986, Gordoncillo was appointed as shepherd of the archdiocese of Capiz, where he served until his retirement in 2010.
His body lies in state at the Carmelite Monastery in Lawaan, Roxas City. He will be interred at the Capiz Cathedral on Nov. 21 after the 9:30 am funeral Mass at the Carmelite Monastery.
Incidentally, Capiz and Roxas City are among the areas hard hit by devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda.
The supertyphoon ploughed Central Philippine November 8 destroying infrastructures and agriculture as well as cutting communication lines and killing thousands of people in its wake. (CBCPNews)