Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baguio City: Saying a Little Prayer at the Baguio Cathedral

Our weekend escapade in Baguio City was met by early morning rain and freezing cold temperature upon our arrival at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal. I am back in Philippines' official Summer Capital for the second time and it is my wife Malou's first time. Malou's officemate Vanessa and her younger sister were also with us. Still undecided on where to go first, we decided to have breakfast at MXT situated in the terminal's second level. A steaming bowl each of siomai congee, rice porridge and wanton mami and we're good to go with our very cold weekend escape.

Stepping out of the bus terminal, we were approached by a man offering tourist services such as packaged tour and transient accommodations. When I inquire how much is the rate for the city tour, he quoted us the price of P2,500, inclusive of van service. Since I did my research beforehand. I know we could still tour around Baguio at a lower price. So instead of agreeing with his offer, we decided to take a taxi ride and first visit Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, more popularly known as Baguio Cathedral.

It was a short ride from the bus terminal to Baguio Cathedral and we paid only 50 pesos for our fare. The church stood on top of the hill adjacent to Session Road. We were brought right at the top walkway going to the church's main entrance. Had we taken the lower Session Road access, we would have to walk through a hundred-step stairwell leading to the church. I have read that there is also an elevator at the mall right below the church.

It was my first time to visit the cathedral and I was immediately charmed by its beautiful neo-gothic facade. Painted in hues of cream and blue, it has a rose window and twin square belfries with pyramidal roofs. Baguio Cathedral is used to be known as the Pink Cathedral since it was previously painted in pink.

Baguio Cathedral is more modern compared to old churches I previously visited in other parts of the country. Its construction began in 1920 and was completed and consecrated in 1936. During the Second World War, it survived the bombing of Baguio by Allied Forces and even functioned as evacuation center for war refugees. 

The church is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. It has wooden columns connected to concrete domes supporting the arched white ceiling where chandeliers hang. But what I loved most are the colorful window panes filled with religious artworks of angels and saints.

We stayed inside the church for awhile, not only to admire its beauty but also to express our prayers to the Almighty. We gave thanks for the safe travel and asked for his continuous protection in our wandering in and around Baguio City.

How to Get There:

You may ride a taxi from any part of Baguio City going to the cathedral. Or if you're just around Session Road, you may just walk your way up to the church.


  1. As agnostics, we are not really fond of churches. But we were simply amazed at Baguio's cathedral when we visited there. We especially like the golden altar with its background of stained glass. The arches are very nice too.

    1. It may not be that old compared to other heritage churches around the country but could say it is among the most beautiful I've ever been to.


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