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.
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.
- 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.
Baguio Cathedral Mass Schedule
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Latin Mass at the Holy Face Chapel
|3pm-4pm English Mass|
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Anticipated Sunday Mass
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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.
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
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