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The “City of Pines” is home to some of the most beautiful structures in the country and continues to be one of the top destinations for foreign and local tourists.

A site most visited, the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral or more popularly known as the Baguio Cathedral is not just a majestic house of worship; this rose-colored building also stands as a symbol of historical events in the country.
Majestic in Pink -- The Baguio Cathedral

Built and consecrated in the year 1936, the church’s construction has started 16 years earlier (19200 under the supervision of Father Florimono Carlu. The site had its share of action as it became the safe haven of evacuees during the World War II. In the year 1945, the building bore silent witness to the thousands of bombing victims that now rests within the grounds of the cathedral.

Its soft pink exterior practically invites you to take a picture, standing atop Mount Mary hill, the church’s twin towers provides a perfect balance against the clear blue backdrop of the sky. From Baguio Cathedral’s position, you could see a perfect view of the Baguio city’s beautiful sceneries.

Access to the church can be through climbing the 100 steps from Session Road, through the neighboring Saint Louis University or via the Porta Vaga Mall run by the church. That’s right! You don’t have to travel far to buy necessities as a few steps from the site brings you to – most probably – the only Mall owned by a church.

But the mall is not the only modern amenity near this place of worship as a few year ago, the surroundings has been upgraded adding a parking area, place for candle offerings and a main gate to match the regal beauty of the church.

Currently, aside from being a popular tourist attraction, the church also performs liturgical functions like baptisms, ordinations and my personal favorite – weddings.

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