Pope John Paul II Tower: Bacolod's Sacred Landmark ~ Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Mar 19, 2013

Pope John Paul II Tower: Bacolod's Sacred Landmark

It's the third week of my month-long vacation in the Philippines. My whole body, most especially my brain, is on a hiatus! As much as I need to write a vacation update, I didn't know how and where to start! Well, I guess I have to stop lazing around for I got a lot of escapades to share.

In case you don't know, I was born and raised in Negros Occidental, a province located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. My hometown, Silay City, is known to be the "Paris of Negros". 21 km away from Silay is Negros Occidental's capital, Bacolod, also known as the "City of Smiles". The province's growth is in full swing. There's always something new to see every time I come home. Last week, I had the chance visit one of the prominent landmarks in Bacolod, the Pope John Paul II Tower.

I have watched the tower from afar the last time I went home for vacation. I wanted to visit since then, but didn't had the time since Ed and I were too busy with our wedding preparations. This time, I didn't let the opportunity pass.

Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod

Pope John Paul II Tower was inaugurated last February 18, 2010. The tower stands on the exact site where the Pope celebrated the Eucharist before the assembly of almost a million people on February 20, 1981. 

view of Pope John Paul II Towerview2 of Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod

The tower has seven floors. Each floor has photos and memorabilia of the Pope. There is a store of religious items and souvenirs on the ground floor. Visitors can either take the stairs or use the lift to go to the 7th floor. As my parents were with me, we rode the elevator going up and took the stairs on our way down to see the mementos in every level.

memorabilia at Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod

The tower stands at the reclamation area in BREDCO (Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation). It is the only tall structure in the area, so the deck at the 7th floor offers an amazing panoramic view of Bacolod! There is Bacolod Baywalk on one side, SM city and the busy downtown area on the other.

cross at the top of Pope John Paul II Tower

ed-and-lady at Pope John Paul II Tower

sunset at Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod

view-at-the-top of Pope John Paul II Tower in Bacolod

I expected the place to be a solemn sanctuary since the tower is dedicated to Pope John Paul II, I was surprised to see the exact opposite at the summit. There were young couples, mostly high school students, who treated the place as a romantic dating spot! It was really disturbing to see teenagers cuddling in a sacred place. 

lovers at Pope John Paul II Tower
that's my Dad and a couple snuggling 

We left the viewing deck as the sun was about to set. We took the stairs from the summit to the ground floor and saw keepsakes and religious paintings on our way down. Even the Papal Chair, used as the pontifical throne by Pope John Paul II  during his pastoral visit to Bacolod, is displayed on one of the floors.

papal Chair at Pope John Paul II Tower

paintings at Pope John Paul II Tower

paintings2 at Pope John Paul II Towerpaintings3 at Pope John Paul II Tower

Pope John Paul II Tower is a must-visit landmark in the city. I just hope the management can do something about the improper behavior of some teen visitors. When I come home next year, I want to visit again and see the tower the way I wish it should be. As the tower's Vision-Mission states: "The Pope John Paul II Tower is a pilgrimage center that embodies and perpetuates the ideas, life, advocacies, commitment and holiness of Pope John Paul II-an ardent Promoter of the culture of life and the culture of love."

Pope John Paul II Tower at night

Entrance Fee:
P20 for regular visitors
P10 for students

Pope John Paul II Tower
Reclamation Area, BREDCO
beside SM City Bacolod
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 


  1. The pictures looks so beautiful:) thanks for sharing

  2. This is a must-see placce in Bacolod. The place seems to be very calm.

  3. These are great photos! Thank you for taking us there!

  4. Oooh, how interesting! But I'm curious; why is your hometown called the Paris of Negros? :-)

  5. wow! yes, its disturbing to see youngsters dating in the place where it should be treated as "sacred".

  6. I haven't been to Bacolod! Would love to visit your province!

  7. Wow! That's great. He is a very much loved Pope. I wonder if Pope Francis will visit the Philippines too.

  8. You're still here pa pala sis. I hope you're having a great time. :) I haven't been to Bacolod but would love to visit the place.

  9. made a mental note of this place if and when we get to visit. i haven't been to bacolod. what a shame :( i'm in neighboring cebu.

  10. a must see in bacolod. thanks for sharing! :-) btw, i also agree with you on your view about teenagers cuddling on sacred places. tsk tsk... sad.

  11. the tower looks astounding...
    i like the last photo, great shot

  12. Is this under the Archdiocese of Bacolod... or a privately owned? I also remember having the Papal Cross of Pope John Paul II as memorabilia during his second visit in Manila last 1995... I was in the UST grounds to see him then.

  13. Beautiful tower. Thank you for sharing. I will take note of this place so when we are able to travel, we can include in our IT.

    Mommy Maye

  14. this is my first time to hear about this landmark! thanks for sharing! i like the term "Paris of Negros".. so sossyy! hehehe

  15. Ang mura naman kasi ng entrance fee for students, ginawa tuloy dating spot. Dapat itaas.hehe Anyway, this is something to see, hope we could visit Bacolod.

  16. That's a nice place to visit. I'll definitely include that in my list when I visit Bacolod City in future. :)

  17. I would like to go there someday. I don't think teenagers should do PDA anywhere though, especially in holy places like that.

  18. wow! such a structure especially when its all lighted up.

  19. It looks like an interesting place to visit when in Bacolod. I hope to go there someday.