Pope John Paul II Tower | Bacolod City

This Sunday, April 27, a joint canonization of two blessed popes, Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis will lead the ceremony while Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will watched over.

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

The statue of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Blessed Pope John Paul II was the most beloved pope by the Filipinos (or perhaps by the whole world). He had visited our country twice. First was in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr now a saint, Lorenzo Ruiz and in January 1995 to celebrate the World Youth Day.

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

Photos of the blessed pope’s life

He also went to Bacolod City as part of his first pastoral visit. And to stand as a memorial to his historic visit to Bacolod, they built a 7-storey tower which was then called Pope John Paul II Tower located in a Reclamation Area near a mall.

10 Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

Pope John Paul II Tower

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

The Papal Chair used as the pontifical throne during his visit in Bacolod

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

Last year, when I took my brother to Bacolod, we were able to visit the said tower and remembered his life through some photos and memorabilia being exhibit there.

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

The large crucifix at the roof deck of the tower

Pope John Paul II Tower Bacolod City

If I remember it right, you will have to pay a minimal amount to enter the tower. There’s a also a souvenir shop just beside the tower.

Pope John Paul II Tower
Reclamation Area, Bacolod City

One thought on “Pope John Paul II Tower | Bacolod City

  1. What a great tribute to Pope John Paul II and his visit to Bacolod. He visited Toronto, Canada in the 80’s and again for world youth day yrs later. Know what, when he was here in Toronto, i was there and it was such a rainy morning. the high mass was to be held in the afternoon at 3pm but when he arrived at 1pm by helicopter at the park, all of a sudden the dark clouds disappeared, the drizzles stopped and the sun came out of nowhere! All of us cried, “it’s a miracle” and we witnessed it. The mass was held on that sunny afternoon and lasted for hours. There were a million people from all over the nation gathered at the park to attend the mass. We were all blessed to be there. Great post Darwin. Bravo!

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