Information about Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
The Metropolitan Cathedral is located along Burgos Street in Dagupan City, behind an older reconstructed church that is sometimes referred to as the Dagupan Cathedral. May 31, 1964 is the date when the first stone of the future Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist was laid at the back of the old church of Dagupan. The new structure was meant to replace the old church, which was damaged by past earthquakes.
A time capsule was placed inside that first cornerstone to commemorate the old church. The old Dagupan church, however, was not to be forgotten, and by 1995 it was finally restored to its present condition.
Today, the community is blessed with two parishes instead of one: the restored church is now called the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, while the new church, which was inaugurated in 1974, is the one referred to as the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Best time to visit
If you want to attend mass at the cathedral, the best day to go is a Sunday, as mass is held several times from 5:30 AM to 5:15 PM. You may still attend mass from Monday to Saturday, but there are fewer schedules during those days. If you want to see the church with fewer people, visit any day from Monday to Saturday in the afternoon before the 5 PM mass.