THINGS TO DO IN BACOLOD: Climb the Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

The John Paul II Tower stands at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. reclaimed area where the Pope held a Mass in February 20, 1981. It was built to commemorate the event that happened twenty-nine years ago when the late Pope John Paul II visited Bacolod City. At the entrance of the tower stands an eight-foot sculpture of John Paul made of synthetic bronze and fiberglass created by Brother Tagoy Jakosalem. On top of the tower is a 12-foot stainless steel lighted cross made and donated by Architect Ramiro Garcia, former vice mayor of Bacolod.

This eight-story glass tower was inaugurated on February 18, 2010 with the holy presence of Archbishop Joseph Edward Adams, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, assisted by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod, his Excellency, Msgr. Vicente Navarra.

The donor of the 700 square-meter lot at the reclamation area and the eight-story building just a few steps away from SM City Bacolod is lawyer Simplicio Palanca.
It is covered in glass panels and houses personal possessions of John Paul.

On top of the tower is a breathtaking view of Bacolod City and the Guimaras Strait. It is also equipped with a glass enclosed elevator, a water system and a generating set.

The JPII Tower will not just be Bacolod's fine tourist attraction but a testament on how strong our catholic faith is.

This Negros Occidental solo trip happened last December 11-12, 2010. Here is a series of posts on my 2-day experience in one of the most progressive provinces in the country. Discover the places I've been to, the people I met, the food I tasted and the experience I gained in this memorable adventure.

Bacolod, Murcia, Talisay and Silay | Mambukal Resort in Murcia | The Town of Murcia | The Ruins in Talisay City | Silay City, "The Paris of Negros" | The Capitol Park and Lagoon Complex | The San Sebastian Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace | Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod City | Heritage Houses in Silay City


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  1. I didn't know Pope John Paul II went to Bacolod before, thank you for this informative post

  2. onga. ah bacolod. tagal ko na ring di nakabalik dito! :D

  3. thanks for posting.... are there office spaces in there as well or puro museum lang cia?

  4. @IamDP - the tower is museum only, pero may office yata on the ground floor... =D

  5. Hi! May I have your permission to use one of the pictures in this page for our website? Thanks so much. – Jam

    1. Kindly send a formal request to my email address: pinoyadventurista@yahoo.com Thanks a lot! :)


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