NCT: Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Tayum, Abra
There is truth that the mountains and hills in the Philippines are teeming with treasures. In fact, when I visited the Province of Abra for the first time, I saw one huge piece of treasure.
The Tayum mission was founded by Father Juan Pareja, OSA, in 1626. In 1725, Tayum became a pueblo and in 1803, a parish. In 1820, the construction of the cathedral was started by Father Domingo de los Reyes.
In 1911, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) led by Father Louis Beckert came to Tayum. The following year, the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit or Servae Spiritus Sanctus (SSpS) came and opened the Holy Ghost School.
In 2001, the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria was one of the Philippine colonial churches declared by the National Museum as a national cultural treasure. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts had identified and selected it as one of 26 Spanish Colonial Era churches to be under its conservation program.