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Have You Visited This Philippine Tower That Honors a Saint-Pope?

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Choose Philippines | Jan 12, 2015

Many devotees who can’t and will not be able to see Pope Francis personally believe that by visiting Bacolod's "papal tower," they'll already be joining the celebration of His Holiness’ first visit to the country.

The Pope John Paul II statue at the papal tower; photo by Dustin Mijares.

The papal tower is home to a number of memorabilia about Pope John Paul II and his visit to Bacolod City.

Guests flock the lobby where the souvenir shop is also located; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

Some of the Pope John Paul II relics/memorabilia you’ll find in the building:

1) The Papal Chair used as the pontifical throne by the pope.

The Papal Chair; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

2) Framed photos of his visit to Bacolod City.

The Pope’s visit to the Philippines' Sugartown; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.
The Saint-Pope; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.
The Pope being welcomed by children; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

3) Photos of his childhood days.

Childhood photos of the Pope; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

 

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The uppermost portion of the tower is where you can take a closer look of the 12-foot stainless steel cross that lights up at night and has a deck with a view of the Bacolod cityscape.

Tourists climbing up at the viewing deck; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

There’s also a souvenir shop.

The souvenir shop; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

Today, the hottest items in their store are the Pope Francis shirts.

Pope Francis shirts available at the souvenir shop; photo by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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