It was during the Holy Week Holidays of 2007 when I and my best friend visited the Cordillera towns of Banaue, Kiangan, Bontoc, Sagada and Baguio. Here are 4 churches which we were able to visit.
When I first saw the church on my first trip to Baguio as a child, I immediately liked it, probably because it is colored pink (now you know, where this all came from *wink*).But as time passes by and I grew a little wiser, I have come to appreciate it not for its “pinkness” but for the architectural wonders it have and for the serenity it projects amidst the fast development of the surrounding areas.
Baguio Cathedral full name is Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. It is located at the Cathedral Loop in Session Rood. It is one of Baguio City’s most famous and most photographed landmark.
The twin towered church with its rose windows was built by the CICM missionaries and was inaugurated on the Feast of Christ the King in 1900. Aside from being a romantic place for couples who wed in the church, the facade hosts to history’s brave men and women, being the peaceful sanctuary of the remains of the bombing victims of World War II.
This is the main altar of the Baguio Cathedral.
The Cathedral’s choir loft.
St. Joseph’s Church, Kiangan
It is built in 1910, making it the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Ifugao. The Church boasts of its baroque architectural and half sphere foundation making it earthquake proof.
The dome inside St. Joseph’s Church
UCCP Church, Kiangan
United Church of Christ in the Philippines. American missionary Myrtle M. Metzger, planted the seed of Protestantism in Ifugao and founded the nearby Ifugao Academy in 1926.
St. Mary the Virgin Parish, Sagada
It is an Anglican Church located at the Episcopalian Mission Compound and was consecrated on December 8, 1921. A Tourist Guide to the Notable Philippine Churches described it as “foreign architectural design fused with indigenous motifs.”