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Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Expiación
Baguio Cathedral (Baguio, Benguet)(2018-02-25).jpg
The facade of the Baguio Cathedral, 2018
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
DenominationRoman Catholic
DedicationOur Lady of Atonement
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeChurch building
MaterialsGravel, Cement, Steel, Concrete
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Baguio
ArchbishopMarlo Mendoza Peralta
Bishop(s)Victor B. Bendico

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]


In 1907, a Catholic mission chapel, dedicated to St. Patrick, was established by Belgian missionaries from the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae. The site where the cathedral currently stands was a hill referred to as Kampo by the Ibaloi people. Construction of the cathedral itself began in 1920 under the leadership of the parish priest, Rev Florimond Carlu, who renamed the hill Mount Mary. The building was completed and consecrated in 1936. It was dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement.[3]

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.[4]


The cathedral has a distinctive pink façade with a rose window and twin square belfries with pyramidal roofs.[4] 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 104-step stone staircase that ends at a Calvary, or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University.[5]

See also



  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. ^ Cabreza, Vincent. "Baguio cathedral celebrates 75 years", Inquirer Northern Luzon, July 11, 2011
  4. ^ a b Layug, p. 76
  5. ^ Layug, p. 77

External links


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