NCT: Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Tayum, Abra

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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.

Cathedral of Saint Catherine of AlexandriaThe Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Tayum is one of the 26 Spanish Colonial Era churches declared as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum in 2001.

Cathedral of Saint Catherine of AlexandriaThe 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.

Cathedral of Saint Catherine of AlexandriaIn 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.

Cathedral of Saint Catherine of AlexandriaOn November 24, 1941, Bishop Santiago Sancho designated the cathedral as a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.

Cathedral of Saint Catherine of AlexandriaIn 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.

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