BACOLOD, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, PHILIPPINES - 2014/03/09: San Sebastian Cathedral is a late nineteenth century church in Bacolod, the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod.  Fr. Julian Gonzaga, from Barcelona the priest from 1818-1836 had the original wooden church built in 1825.  The present structure was reconstructed in 1876 under Father Mauricio Ferrero.  Hardwood from Palawan were used for the building. Fr. Mariano de Avila's bell was installed in the bell tower during construction. In 1885, construction of the bell towers began.  The towers were made of aluminium framed in hardwood. The church was declared a cathedral in 1933 when Bacolod became its own diocese. (Photo by John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Once the hub of a booming sugar industry, these days Bacolod is known for its food and convenience as a transport hub. There are a few sights of historic interest and good restaurants, and it's a useful base for Mt Kanlaon Natural Park or the nearby historic district of Silay.


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