Here in Vista Pinas, we’ve already seen two cathedrals so far. One is the Manila Cathedral and the other is the Antipolo Cathedral. These two are the seats of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Diocese of Antipolo respectively. So let us now “go” to Baguio and check out the Baguio Cathedral which is the seat of the Diocese of Baguio, which itself is under the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. Like the Manila and Antipolo cathedrals, the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, the official name of the Baguio Cathedral, is a major tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed buildings in Baguio City.
The distinct twin spires of the Baguio Cathedral is a familiar sight among Baguio tourists. The church is easily seen from many parts surrounding the downtown Baguio area since it is situated on top of a hill which was named “Kampo” by the natives and then as “Mount Mary” by the missionaries. The campaign to build a church on this hill started in 1919 and after the construction, the church was consecrated in 1936.
I’ve been to Baguio many times and I’ve attended Sunday mass at the Cathedral. But I prefer going to the St. Joseph’s Church at Pacdal Circle (near the Wright Park) because it is more secluded, surrounded by more trees, and just a tad bit less crowded than the Baguio Cathedral. But that’s just me.