Baguio Cathedral

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Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral
Facade of the Baguio Cathedral in Baguio City, Benguet
Baguio Cathedral is located in Philippines
Baguio Cathedral
Baguio Cathedral
Republic of the Philippines
16°24′46″N 120°35′54″E / 16.412744°N 120.598435°E / 16.412744; 120.598435Coordinates: 16°24′46″N 120°35′54″E / 16.412744°N 120.598435°E / 16.412744; 120.598435
Location Baguio
Country Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Dedication Our Lady of Atonement
Architecture
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architectural type Church building
Style Neo-Gothic
Groundbreaking 1920
Completed 1936
Specifications
Materials Gravel, Cement, Steel, Concrete
Administration
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Baguio
Clergy
Archbishop Marlo Mendoza Peralta
Bishop(s) Carlito J. Cenzon

Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop adjacent to Session Road in Baguio, the Philippines, and is the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baguio. Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Atonement, its distinctive pink exterior, twin spires and stained glass windows make it a popular tourist attraction in Baguio.[1] It served as an evacuation centre under the Japanese Occupation during Second World War.

The current parish priest is Bishop Carlito Cenzon.[2]

History[edit]

The site where the cathedral currently stands was a hill referred to as Kampo by the Ibaloi people. In 1907, a Catholic mission was established at the site by Belgian missionaries from the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae, which they later called Mount Mary.

Construction of the cathedral itself began in 1920 under the leadership of the parish priest, Rev Florimond Carlu. The building was completed and consecrated in 1936, receiving dedication to Our Lady of Atonement.

During the Second World War, the cathedral was an evacuation centre, and it withstood the carpet-bombing of Baguio by Allied forces during liberation on 15 March 1945. The remains of the thousands that had died in the bombardment are interred within the cathedral precinct.[3]

Features[edit]

The cathedral has a distinctive pink façade with a rose window and twin square belfries with pyramidal roofs.[3] Within its large courtyard is a viewing deck that overlooks Session Road and the downtown commercial district of Baguio. The cathedral is accessible to pedestrians from Session Road via 100-step stone staircase that ends at a Calvary, or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University.[4]

Website[edit]

The official website will stand as a source of information to catholic faithful all over the world and tourist guide and inquiry for those who are planning to have their weddings, baptisms and other services provided by the church. Schedules, latest news, announcements, marriage banns, and guidelines are provided as well for easier and more helpful visiting.

The website was launched on 30 November 2014 and was developed by Acey Rosete.[5]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Baguio Catholic Cathedral". Landmarks and Scenic Sites: The City of Baguio. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Assigned Parish Priests". 
  3. ^ a b Layug, p. 76
  4. ^ Layug, p. 77
  5. ^ "Official Website". 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Layug, Benjamin Locsin (2007). A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Churches. Pasig City, Philippines: New Day Publishers. pp. 76–77. ISBN 971-8521-10-0.