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Interesting Landmarks at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines

The Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines may just seem to be an ordinary public park just like any other in the Philippines. But unknown to many, there are interesting things to discover here, many of which have historical significance. The plaza is also formally known as Plaza del Seis de Noviembre. This public park is right across the San Sebastian Cathedral and the Bishop's House.

1. Tindalo Tree Planted by ML Quezon 

While tindalo trees are commonplace in the Philippines, the tindalo tree at Bacolod City Plaza is special because it was planted by former Philippine Commonwealth president Manuel Luis Quezon.



Tindalo tree planted in 1938 by President Manuel L. Quezon at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tindalo tree planted in 1938 by President Manuel L. Quezon at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines



2. Bacolod City Welcome Arch 

The Bacolod City Welcome Arch is a later addition to the Bacolod City Plaza. Officially known as the Bacolod City Diamond Jubilee Tower, the structure was dedicated on 18 June 2013 to commemorate the date the Charter of the City of Bacolod (Commonwealth Act No. 326) was signed into law by then President Manuel Luis Quezon. Probably the tallest man-made structure in the plaza, it is a pity that this arch was almost covered with election campaign posters when we visited in late May 2016.


The Welcome Arch at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines
The Welcome Arch at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines



3. Monument to the Unnamed Soldier 

A tribute to the many soldiers that fought heroic battles for freedom stands at the Bacolod City Plaza, the Monument to the Unnamed Soldier. The monument features a weeping lady at the base of a column where a soldier's helmet is placed on top of a rifle whose barrel is pointed to the ground, a common market to a late soldier's grave in a war zone.


Monument to the Unnamed Soldier at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Monument to the Unnamed Soldier at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



4. The Gazebo 

A gazebo stands at the center of Bacolod City Plaza. Adding to it being a center of attraction at the public plaza are the names inscribed on it: Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner, Mozart all of whom are renowned musicians. Rightfully so, this gazebo is commonly used as a bandstand where musicians perform regularly.


The Gazebo at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines
The Gazebo at the Bacolod City Plaza in Negros Occidental, Philippines


5. The Fountains 

The four (4) fountains one can find at the Bacolod City Plaza are each adorned with a replica of classic sculptures from Europe. Sadly, these beautiful replica art items are also the most neglected in the plaza.




Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines




Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines




Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Fountain at the Bacolod City Plaza in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines




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