The seven-story Pope John Paul II Tower is an important landmark in Bacolod City. It is dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II who visited the city on February 20, 1981, which marked a very momentous and joyous occasion especially for the Catholics in Bacolod City. Every day, many visitors pay a visit to the tower even beyond opening hours.
The tower itself is located in the reclamation area of Bacolod City, also known as BREDCO (Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation). The president of BREDCO donated the lot where the tower was erected. This was the area where the pope delivered a mass in front of an estimated crowd of one million and delivered a powerful sermon on behalf of the poor. An eight-foot-tall bronze statue of the pope was erected on the front yard on February 18, 2010, and was blessed by the Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams.
The tower has a viewing deck at the top floor offering panoramic views of Bacolod City. It also contains numerous memorabilia of the pope during his visit such as commemorative coins, the utensils he used, the chair he sat on, and the garments he wore. There is also a gallery of photos from his visit submitted by onlookers. A twelve-foot cross which lights up at night lies marks the top of the tower and can be easily seen from the street. On May 1, 2011, the tower hosted a live viewing of the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome.
“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.” This is the vision and mission of the building which can be seen from inside commemorating his visit.