NHCP, UCCP to unveil Historical Marker

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Baguio (UCCP Baguio) will formally unveil on February 11, 2012 the official historical marker that commemorates UCCP Baguio as a place of national historic interest.

UCCP Baguio, the first church in the city to be granted a historical marker, will also celebrate its 101st anniversary on the same day. A worship service will be held at 8:30 a.m. and the program for the formal unveiling will follow at 10 a.m. The NHCP will be represented by Exec. Director Ludovico D. Badoy, acting Deputy Exec. Director Carminda Arevalo, and a team of researchers and documentation staff. The NHCP is the official body that evaluates and processes applications for historical markers using specific criteria for the identification of historic sites and structures.

The historical marker from the NHCP gives due recognition to the importance of UCCP Baguio in the history of our city and of the Protestant church movement in the country. As a local church of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, it is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Northern Luzon. It originates from the United Brethren organized in Baguio on February 11, 1911. Its first chapel, built in 1920 was the first Mission Chapel of the Protestant Evangelical Churches in the region.

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One of the key roles that UCCP Baguio has played in our local history is that it served as a refuge for a number of residents during the carpet bombing of the city in 1945 at the height of World War II. To this day, the church continues to be refuge to its members though in a totally different context.

UCCP Baguio was one of the first buildings to rise in the city’s post-war landscape. It was rebuilt on the original foundations of the 1930s “Protestant Cathedral” and was finished in less than two years because its foundations proved solid and remained intact after World War II.

As the church celebrates its 101st anniversary, the historical marker becomes a timely and appropriate tribute to UCCP Baguio’s ecumenical heritage in the country particularly in the Northern Philippines. It also gives honor to the early members who contributed to the growth of UCCP Baguio and gave glory to God through faithfulness in their Christian service and witness.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 07, 2012.

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