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The Baguio Cathedral: Our Lady Of Atonement Cathedral

Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral

The Baguio Cathedral by Ischaramoochie via Wikimedia cc

The Baguio Cathedral: Everything You Need to Know

The Baguio Cathedral, or The Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, is a cathedral dedicated to the Lady of Atonement, famed for its neo-Gothic style, distinct rose-colored appearance, and twin belfries that look like the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. The architectural and historical landmark is considered to be the largest church in all of Baguio City, located atop a hill that looks out on the city. The church can be reached by taking the stone staircase with 100 steps or the access roads behind the Baguio Post Office building.

The Baguio Cathedral by Ischaramoochie via Wikimedia cc
The Baguio Cathedral By Ischaramoochie at English Wikipedia Public Domain, cc

Baguio Cathedral History

Before the Baguio Cathedral was constructed, a chapel was first dedicated to St. Patrick. In 1920, the Belgian missionaries of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae, or the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, under the leadership of the late Fr. Florimond Carlu, ordered the building of the cathedral. The cathedral was said to be constructed by several Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae priests and dozens of Igorot carpenters.

The hill where the Baguio Cathedral now settles was used to be called “Kampo” by the Baguio Ibalois. It was then renamed “Mount Mary.” On July 9, 1936, the Baguio Cathedral was consecrated and became the first church dedicated to the Our Lady of Atonement.

Inside Baguio City Cathedral by Patrick Roque via Unsplash
Inside Baguio City Cathedral by Patrick Roque via Unsplash

Interesting Facts

  • The Baguio Cathedral was the only building that survived the carpet bombing of the American planes to retake the city from the Japanese Imperial Army.
  • The cathedral served as an evacuation center during the carpet bombing of Baguio in 1945, saving thousands of civilian lives.
  • The historical landmark has survived several disasters, including the 1990 Luzon Earthquake.
  • There is a mural on the cathedral grounds to honor the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae missionaries who were significant in the cathedral’s construction.
  • There is a memorial slab on the cathedral grounds where the victims of the carpet bombing of Baguio in 1945 are buried.
Memorial plaque to the carpet bombing victims buried in the cathedral grounds by Shrumster via Wikimedia cc
Memorial plaque to the carpet bombing victims buried in the cathedral grounds By Shrumster – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

Baguio Cathedral Mass Schedule

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
5am-6am

Ilocano Mass | FB Live

6am-6:30am6am-6:30am6am-6:30am6am-6:30am6am-6:30am6am-6:30am
6am-7am

English Mass | FB Live

6:30am-7am6:30am-7am6:30am-7am6:30am-7am6:30am-7am6:30am-7am
7am-8am

English Mass

7am-7:30am7am-7:30am7am-7:30am7am-7:30am7am-7:30am7am-7:30am
8am-9am

Ilocano Mass

12:15pm-1:15pm12:15pm-1:15pm12:15pm-1:15pm12:15pm-1:15pm12:15pm-1:15pm12:15pm-1:15pm
9:30am-10:30am

English Mass

5:15pm-6:15pm5:15pm-6:15pm5:15pm-6:15pm5:15pm-6:15pm5:15pm-6:15pm5pm-6pm

Anticipated Mass

10:30am-11:30am

Tagalog Mass | FB Live

6pm-7pm

Anticipated Mass | FB Live

12pm-1pm

English Mass

1pm-2pm English Mass
2pm-3pm

Latin Mass at the Holy Face Chapel

3pm-4pm English Mass
4pm-5pm English Mass | FB Live
5pm-6pm

English Mass |

Anticipated Sunday Mass

6pm-7pm

English Mass | FB Live

 

How to get there

The cathedral is accessible to pedestrians from Session Road via a 104-step stone staircase that ends at a Calvary or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University.

Contact Info

The Cathedral management and admin can be reached via phone, email, and their Facebook page.

Location: Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, Session Road, Baguio City
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (074) 424 7871
Social: facebook.com/baguiocathedralofficial/

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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