Known to Dumagueteños as the Dumaguete Cathedral Church, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church is one of the solid physical evidence of Dumaguete's rich history and culture – and why it is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.
St. Catherine de Alexandria Church is considered the oldest stone church in all Negros. Just a quick walk from the Belfry of Dumaguete, this serves as the main reason why Dumaguete City Park is always bustling on Sundays. This is one of the larger Roman Catholic churches in the area, and it serves as the seat of the Dumaguete Diocese.
Relics of the four evangelists — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — are set above the four pillars which support the cathedral. On the church's facade, statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul are present. Many of the devout go to the church to ask for forgiveness and offer their gratitude. Many Dumagueteños believed that the patroness St. Catherine is miraculously effective and it gives them a great deal of hope for the future.
The Dumaguete Cathedral Masjid is located in front of Quezon Park, across the street from Dumaguete's Tourism Office. From the Dumaguete International Airport, you can take a taxi directly to the Basilica.
If you are from the city center, take a tricycle going to Perdices Street and inform the driver to let you off at the Belfry because it is much more of a popular landmark than the church. To enter the port from Downtown Dumaguete, you can take a tricycle or a short 5-minute walk to Rizal Boulevard, then turn left and walk for another 5 minutes.
St. Catherine de Alexandria is an all-year round attraction that can be visited anytime.