Jaime Lachica Cardinal Sin, the 30th Archbishop of Manila, was born August 31, 1928 in New Washington, Aklan, a small town in an island in the central Philippines. He was the seventh of nine children of Juan Sin, a Chinese businessman who had migrated to the Philippines, and Maxima Reyes Lachica.
He was ordained to the priesthood on April 3, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion in Roxas City, Capiz.
He was appointed Domestic Prelate by Pope XXIII on February 26,1960 and on February 10, 1967 was appointed Titular Bishop of Obba and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Jaro. Consecrated to the Episcopacy on March 18, 1967, he was named Apostolic Administrator Sede Plena of the Archdiocese of Jaro on June 20, 1970.
He was appointed by Pope John VI as the 30th Archbishop of Manila on January 21, 1974 and installed on March 19, 1974 at the Manila Cathedral. He chose the motto "Serviam" (I will serve). Two years later, he was elevated to the rank of a Cardinal during the Consistory in Rome on May 26, 1976. He was the third Filipino appointed Cardinal by the Pope.
On January 17, 2005, the Grandmaster of the Equestrian Order, His Eminence Carlo Cardinal Furno, representing His Holiness, John Paul II issued the Golden Palm of Jerusalem Certificate in honor of His Eminence, Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, D.D. in Rome. The well-deserved award is in recognition of Cardinal Sin's "active benevolence in the Holy Church" while serving as Grand Prior of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in the Philippines. His Eminence is the first Filipino to receive this award.
In the same year, he and close friend, John Paul II, both faithful servants have been called home